Josef Albers looms large in Julian Stanczak’s work. The late Polish artist, who escaped the horrors of the Soviet Gulag and ended up in Albers’ class at Yale University, took to geometric abstraction with a passion that rivalled his teacher’s. Eventually, Stanczak ventured beyond the rigid square format of his master and started to explore more complex color relationships within parallel lines, waves, and grids. Stanczak’s was a master of nuance – some of his best works contain a myriad of shades eliciting the most personal emotional responses and that decidedly humanize his paintings, like an old friend you know well. Lines, shapes, colors, and materials “should know about each other,” Albers once famously said, “they should pay attention to each other.” Just as friends should. At Mitchell-Innes & Nash through July 14.