Sunday, June 28, 2009

Thursz and the Radical Painting Group

I've been doing some snooping around the net and recently came across a cache of photos of Thursz and his paintings. I was even lucky enough to find a photo of the Radical Painting group of the late 70's and early 80's.

Which included (L-R) Erik Saxon, Phil Sims, Merrill Wagner, Dale Henry, Doug Sanderson, Susanna Tanger, Anders Knutsson, Marcia Hafif, Jerry Zeniuk, Frederic Matys Thursz.

Missing from the photo is Joseph Marioni and Olivier Mosset . I really don't know why they were missing from the photo. Seeing as how much a part of the group they were.

There was a lot more to this group than meets the eye. They were a group of people who were looking to begin painting again. Hence the term RADICAL. With it's meanings in the word ROOT. They were looking to get to the root of painting, which is simply color and it's surface, it's objectivity. Most of them just took different means and techniques to get to where they wanted to be with their paintings.

The group itself was begun with Olivier Mosset and Marcia Hafif, and grew from there. Until around 1984 when the group all but disbanded.

I wanted to share this great photo I also found of Thursz' studio in Ossining New York. What height to that ceiling which allowed for so much light to reach those paintings, there was probably almost no reason to even have artificial light in the room.

Studio Photo by E. Tulchin.

I also wanted to share some other photos of his work here.

Orison 1 and 2. 1990-1992 221X74cm each.

#4 1974 74.5 X 74.5 cm

Enjoy the wonderful paintings.


  1. It would be helpful to provide links to the source where you found these images- still have those links?

  2. Yes, I do Mr or Mrs Anonymous. But have you tried using google search like I did to find these images and the texts. It's not that hard.

  3. Just curious, how are you familiar with Thursz and the Radical Painting Group? Thanks

  4. Well Gail. I was introduced to the Radical/Concrete painting group through a past local gallery in town called Jan Maiden Fine Art. In 1999 she had a show called "Color based Painting: The Root of the actual" in it were Joseph Marioni, Thursz, De Crignis, Tollens, Phil Sims, Ulrich Wellmann, and Joseph Hughes. There was a write up about the show in our local paper speaking about these paintings and their luminescence. So the next Saturday I went down and was bombarded by color in ways I have never seen before. And since that day I've been mostly fascinated with these particular painters. Along with my favs of course, Marden, Ryman (who is not a member of the group even though some people say he was...he sat in at a meeting or two but never made himself out to be a part of the group.) Pollock, Rothko, Kline and Klein.

    Thanks for your interest and please have a wonderful week.

  5. My husband and I were students of Fred's at the NY Studio School in NYC in the early 1980's. So nice to see the pic of his Ossining studio and his work. Have fond memories of him. Thanks.

  6. I finally got to visit Thursz' studio back in may 2014 I believe. Nils Hill and Ivy Dachman's studio is right next to his, and they got us in touch with the gent that is in there now. I felt like I could still see HIS paint on the floor and slightly could feel his presence. He was probably happy someone wanted to visit his studio again. :D I know I was.


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