Bill Komodore


Bill Komodore was born in Athens in 1932, and emigrated to the United States in 1947. He received his M.A. from Tulane University in 1957, taught art briefly in New Orleans, worked with Douglas MacAgy at the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Art, and moved to New York City in 1961.

An "accidental discovery" in 1963 of after-images in some paintings of squares, led Komodore to realize the possibilities that this form of dense, linear (or op art) painting allowed. He began exhibiting at the influential Howard Wise Gallery, and his painting "Vermont" was selected for inclusion in the Museum of Modern Art's groundbreaking 1965 exhibition "The Responsive Eye", the first major museum show to focus on what would later be known as op art. "Gondisapur" (see below) was also loaned to the Museum of Modern Art, and was included in the travelling exhibion of "The Responsive Eye" which toured the country in 1965 and 1966.

Komodore's 1964 painting "Thousands" was included in the Whitney Museum of American Arts "Young Americans 1965" exhibition (and was later purchased by the museum), and his paintings were also included in "Art in Motion" at the Cincinnati Art Museum in the same year; "Plus by Minus: Today's Half Century" at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in 1968 ("Making Out" - see below) ; and "The Square in Painting", organized by the American Federation of Arts (and selected by Richard Anuszkiewicz) in 1968-69.

More recently, with the renewed interest in op art, Komodore's work was included in the 2007 Columbus Museum of Art exhibition "Optic Nerve. Perceptual Art of the 1960s." Komodore's paintings are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center, National Gallery of Art, and many others. Sadly, Bill Komodore passed away on 2 August, 2012.

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"Making Out", 1964, 64 1/2 x 64 1/2 inches

"Lo, Ariadne", 1965, 64 x 64 inches

"Gondisapur", 1964, 70 x 75 inches