Zane Bennett Contemporary Art

Contemporary Masters: Prints - Part II

Contemporary Masters: Prints - Part II

Friday, September 30, 2011Friday, October 21, 2011


Santa Fe, NM USA

Opening reception on Friday, September 30, 2011 from 5:00-7:00 pm

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to present a second exhibition of prints celebrating the twentieth-century’s greatest contemporary master artists including George Condo, Richard Diebenkorn, Anish Kapoor, Roy Lichtenstein and Ed Ruscha among others. The show opens Friday, September 30, 2011 and continues through October 21. A public reception will be held on Friday, September 30.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) Diebenkorn’s early work is associated with abstract expressionism and the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s. His later work, best known as the Ocean Park paintings, brought him worldwide acclaim. Influenced by Clyfford Still, Arshile Gorky and Willem de Kooning, he became the leading abstract expressionist painter on the west coast. In 1950 Diebenkorn enrolled under the G.I. Bill in the University of New Mexico graduate fine-arts department where he created a distinct version of abstract expressionism. The “Ocean Park” series, begun in 1976 and continued for more than twenty five years, becoming his most famous work and resulting in more than 140 paintings. These are large-scale abstract compositions based on aerial landscapes and the view from his studio in Santa Monica, California. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1991.

Anish Kapoor (b. 1954) Born in Mumbai (Bombay), Anish Kapoor has lived and worked in London since the early 1970s when he moved to study art. He achieved widespread recognition when he represented Britain at the 1990 Venice Biennale and was awarded the Premio Duemila. His sculptures are frequently simple, curved forms, usually monochromatic and brightly colored. Early works used powder pigments to define and permeate the form. Later works made of quarried stone have carved apertures and cavities often alluding to dualities. Kapoor’s most recent works are mirror-like, reflecting or distorting the viewer and surroundings. The use of red wax is seen in current works representing flesh, blood and transfiguration.

Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) a leading figure in the Pop art movement. Lichtenstein’s first one-man show was at Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City in 1962. The entire collection was bought by influential collectors before the show even opened. He used the old-fashioned comic strip as subject matter producing large-scale, thick outlined figures and Ben-Day dots. He described Pop art as “not American painting but actually industrial painting.” He studied at the Art Students League of New York under Reginald Marsh. His first museum retrospective was at the Pasadena Art Museum in California in 1967. That same year he had his first solo exhibitions in Europe at museums in Amsterdam, London, Bern and Hannover. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. holds the largest collection of Lichtenstein’s work. He was awarded the National Medal of the Arts in 1995.

Edward Ruscha (b. 1937) is recognized for paintings incorporating words and phrases and for photographic books, influenced by the Pop art movement and the beat generation. The vernacular of Los Angeles and southern California landscapes have contributed to the themes and styles central to much of Ruscha’s paintings, drawings, and books. Museums that have acquired large collections are the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Currently on exhibit at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles is Ed Ruscha: On the Road, which brings together two great visionaries of art and language – Ed Ruscha & Jack Kerouac. The exhibition will travel to Haus der Kunst, Munich and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

George Condo (b. 1957) is one of the most influential artists living today; George Condo has held a prominent position in the art world for three decades. He continues to explore the realm of portraiture in his own highly original and distinctive manner. Beginning with clown paintings in the early 1980’s, he took an unconventional approach to portraiture based upon imagination and memory. Condo’s “imaginary portraits” were the beginning of an entirely new language of portraiture. His subjects are filled with psychological complexity. They bridge the space between comedy and tragedy, and the strange and beautiful. He has exhibited extensively in both the U.S. and Europe. Works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY and the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo, New York.

Zane Bennett will be hosting this exhibition starting
Friday, September 30, 2011, from 5:00-7:00 pm
as part of the Railyard Arts District Last Friday Artwalk

For further information, please contact:
Karen Rogers, Special Projects Coordinator, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art:
505-982-8111; krogers@zanebennettgallery.com

www.zanebennettgallery.com