The Darkness In Red | Anish Kapoor

Untitled 6, etching, 30 x 35 in, 2007

“Red is the color of the interior of our bodies,” says Anish Kapoor (b. 1954) “Red is the center. I have a feeling that the darkness it reveals is a much deeper and darker darkness than that of blue or black.”

For nearly four decades, Kapoor has been captivated by the color red, creating intense pigments out of an array of mediums. The Bombay-born artist describes it as the color of the earth, blood, and body.

 

 

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Untitled 1, etching, 30 x 35 in, 2007

Renowned for his sculptures, Kapoor’s biomorphic forms blur the boundaries between architecture and art. Massive in scale and made with diverse mediums— including mirrors, granite, marble, wax, and PVC—Kapoor’s work often undulates throughout their environment.

Untitled 1 and Untitled 6 embody this motif, seeming to sink inwards and downwards. Both etchings are striking studies in the relationship between yellow and red.

“Yellow is the passionate part of red,” Kapoor explains. “That’s how I understood yellow… next to the red.”

Helen Frankenthaler | Veils of Color

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Madame de Pompadour, color lithograph, 44 x 30 in

 

“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen,” said Helen Frankenthaler (b. 1928) “Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.”

For over six decades, Frankenthaler went against the rules, pioneering new techniques which launched the second generation of Color Field painting.

 

Her poured works were created by diluting paints to the delicate consistency of watercolors. The opaque stains spread into the fibers of the canvas, creating vivid veils of color—simultaneously bright yet soft abstract representations of real or imaginary landscapes.

 

“What concerns me when I work, is not whether the picture is a landscape, or whether it’s pastoral, or whether somebody will see a sunset in it,” Frankenthaler explains. “What concerns me is – did I make a beautiful picture?”

 

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The Clearing, woodcut, 24 x 32 in.

Bridget Riley | Kaleidoscope Color

Dominance Portfolio, serigraph, 38 x 19 in each, 1977

 

“For me,” says Bridget Riley (b. 1931.) “Nature is not landscape, but the dynamism of visual forces.”

Riley channels these forces into illusory studies of color and line—devising lithe imagery which is equally peaceful and emotional.

An icon of abstract painting, Riley has maintained a momentous and clear vision of optical phenomena for nearly seven decades.

Image: Ida Kar

Her prints and paintings are meticulously planned; envisioned through preparatory sketches and collages, then realized with precise forms and curves.

“Sometimes you have to let forms do what they want,” Riley explains. “I build up to a sensation, accumulating tension until it releases a perceptual experience.”

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Zane Bennett Returns: Stitched Ink

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Exhibitions Coordinator Brad Hart installs work by Donald Sultan.

 

Stitched Ink

January 25 – March 23, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 5-7 pm

“Zane Bennett is back,” says Sandy Zane. “Although it never really went away.”

Tonight, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art presents Stitched Ink, an exhibition of fine art prints by legends such as ChristoJudy ChicagoLouise Nevelson, and Donald Sultan.

Curator Kylee Aragon, who served as the interim gallery director of Albuquerque’s nonprofit lithography center Tamarind Institute before joining Zane Bennett’s staff, selected work from Zane Bennett’s formidable collection of masterworks on paper, highlighting iconic artists who have used highly tactile printmaking techniques to reflect the textures, patterns, and colors of textiles.

To preview works in the exhibition, click here. Scroll below for more information.

 

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Christo, Wrapped Building (Project for #1 Times Square, 42 Street and Broadway, New York City), lithograph and serigraph with collage elements, 30 x 23 in, 2003

 

Zane Bennett moved to a fully online model in 2016, after more than a decade as a brick-and-mortar gallery. In its stead came a new gallery, form & concept, but they’ll officially split exhibition space for the first time this evening.

Stitched Ink coincides with the reception for form & concept’s fiber art show Nika Feldman: Spirits in the Material World. The exhibition is Zane Bennett’s first formal, in-gallery display since 2015, and launches a curatorial program of seasonal exhibitions.

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Louise Nevelson, Essence Series 5, lithograph, 43.75 x 30 in

“We all know what paper feels like, but to make paper look like something else is a hard thing to do,” Aragon says. “When you’re making a print inspired by a textile, how do you create that sense of dimensionality and flowing movement on a two-dimensional surface?”

To answer these questions, Aragon selected works on paper that alchemically reflect the dynamism of textiles. Stitched Ink features thirteen pieces by six premier artists in our collection and is on view through March 23.

 

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh, Kiss Cross, Lithograph with Hand Sewn Elements, 24 x 30 in

 

El Anatsui | Blue Variation

El Anatsui, Blue Variationpigment print with hand collage and copper wire, 25 x 32 x 4

 

“Art is regarded as life and life is not a static thing,” says El Anatsui (b. 1944.) “[Art] should come in a form that you can play around with and manipulate and change as the location demands.”

El Anatsui rose to prominence in the 90s, subverting the notion that metal is a stiff, rigid medium by manipulating the material into soft, pliable forms that arch and curve throughout their environment.

The Ghanian artist’s Blue Variation exemplifies this creed, as the print curves upon itself, revealing an undulating fringe of silver.

Woven with recycled aluminum and copper wire, Anatsui’s iconic garment-like sculptures have been exhibited internationally, with a recent installation on the facade of the Carnegie Museum. In 2015, he was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the Venice Biennale. He is the first Ghanian to receive the Praemium Imperiale.

Composed of hand-collaged paper elements and linked, like his prolific bottle cap sculptures, with copper wire, Blue Variation is notable for its unfixed orientation. Each distinct side can be experienced from multiple points of view.

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Alex Katz | The Conscious Now

Purple Hat (Ada)Giclée print, 48 x 23 in

Alex Katz

“I want to paint the now,” says Alex Katz (b. 1927) “That’s the immediate presence. And that’s what consciousness is.”

Katz rose to prominence in New York City in the 1950s. Adverse to abstraction, Katz invented new ways to paint the human figure. “When you start with realistic,” Katz explains. “It’s like opening Pandora’s box.”

His cinematic framing combined with crisp brushstrokes distinguished Katz as an artist apart from the passing fads or trends of the art world.

Katz is featured in the permanent collections of several prominent collections, including the MoMA, the Whitney, and the Smithsonian. He is represented by numerous international galleries.

In 2007, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Design.

Alex Katz cannot be classified into any particular art movement. Not quite Pop Art, not quite New Realism, Katz has blazed a trail entirely his own.

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Spooky Specials: James Drake, Mimmo Paladino & more.

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Mimmo Paladino

Atlantico VI (Skeleton)

 linoleum block print,

74.25 x 23 in.

1987

 

Trick or treat! We’ve conjured a batch of ghostly art from our collection. Beware Mimmo Paladino’s sinister skeletons, Jim Dine’s rogue raven, and James Drake’s malevolent monsters!

 

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Jim Dine
Sun’s Night Glow
lithograph
35.5 x 51.5 in.
2000

 

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James Drake
Salon of a Thousand Souls
lithograph
57 x 43 in.
1996

Dynamic Duo: Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh.

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Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh met at the Villa Arson in France while earning their MFAs in painting and film. After a period of crippling depression, Farkhondeh moved into Amer’s studio in 2000 for emotional support. While alone in the studio, Farkhondeh began to “improve” Amer’s works in progress. She was surprised by Farkhondeh’s contributions, and invited him to continue to participate in her work. They chose RFGA—their initials combined—as an artistic moniker, and embarked on an eighteen year collaboration.

The artists maintain their practice in separate locations, passing works back and forth. Farkhondeh adds forms atop Amer’s sensual portraits of women, creating bold collisions of imagery that the artists describe as “a mutant riddle…a type of creation that resists control.” For Wonder Women and Kiss Cross are two of those riddles. Both are lithographs with hand-sewn elements, created by the artists in 2006.

Above: Reza Farkhondeh and Ghada Amer in their studio. Photo by Barbara Fässler.

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Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh
Kiss Cross
lithograph with hand-sewn elements
24 x 30 in
2006

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Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh
For Wonder Woman
lithograph with hand-sewn elements
20 x 30 in
2006

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The Epic Endeavor: Frank Stella’s Waves Series

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Frank Stella by Christopher Felver, silver gelatin print

In 1986, Frank Stella embarked on an epic endeavor: adapting Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby-Dick into a body of work. He spent twelve years capturing the essence of the novel, resulting in four series with over 200 artworks that correspond with every twist and turn of the plot. The first series, The Waves, comprises thirteen vibrant, mixed-media prints that detail Captain Ahab’s obsessive quest. Behold four vibrant prints from the series, available individually or as a set. Each print is named for a chapter from the book, so we’ve provided chapter synopses below.

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In Ahab, abstracted whale tails and a blood-red background
mark Ishmael’s first sighting of the doomed captain. 

Frank Stella
Ahab
serigraph, lithograph, linocut, hand coloring, and collage
Year: 1988

Frank Stella - Hark! - The Waves Series - Moby Dick - Zane Bennett Gallery - Santa Fe

Hark! captures the quiet reverence the seamen have for
their captain—and the sounds of a calm ocean. 

Frank Stella
Hark!
serigraph, lithograph, linocut, hand coloring, and collage
Year: 1988

Frank Stella - The Wave Series - A Squeeze of the Hand - Moby Dick - The Whale - Zane Bennett - Santa FeA Squeeze of the Hand offers a tour through the Pequod’s
“blubber-room,” hence the exuberant mish-mash of colors and forms.

Frank Stella
A Squeeze of the Hand
serigraph, lithograph, linocut, hand coloring, and collage
Year: 1988

Frank Stella - The Pacific - The Wave Series - Moby Dick - Zane Bennett Gallery - Santa FeThe Pacific, with its fragmented vision of the titular whale
tinged in red, charts the Pequod’s passage into tumultuous waters.

Frank Stella
The Pacific
serigraph, lithograph, linocut, hand coloring, and collage
Year: 1988

Lesley Dill: Emotive Effects

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“Meaning is in us already, waiting to wake up,” said Lesley Dill (b. 1950). “I feel grateful for waking up through words.” The New York artist works in a wide variety of media—sculpture, performance, printmaking, drawing, and photography—but each work explores the power of language. In Dill’s 2005 lithograph collage, Woman With Hindi Healing Dress, a figure wears a swirling skirt covered in cascading Hindi text. Even if you can’t read the language, the threaded compositional elements and serene palette communicate everything you need to know. This is an artwork imbued with the spirit of a healer.

Lesley Dill
Woman With Hindi Healing Dress
lithograph, collage, plexi box
14.75 x 10.62 x 2.25 in
2005

 

Bird’s Eye View: Lu Xinjian

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Lu Xinjian, City DNA Santa Fe, acrylic on linen, 47.5 x 59.38 in, 2015

Can you find Zane Bennett Contemporary Art? Using aerial photos sourced from Google Earth, Lu Xinjian (b. 1977) meticulously depicted the streets of Santa Fe in acrylic on linen. City DNA Santa Fe is part of a larger series by the Chinese artist, where he reduces far-flung metropolises into densely patterned abstractions. Lu Xinjian hasn’t visited many of the places that appear in the expansive City DNA series. He completes each immense painting in his studio in China, traveling the globe through his brush and imagination. From Beijing to New York City to Amsterdam, Lu Xinjian precisely and energetically captures each city’s visual rhythm.

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Richard Serra: Steel on Paper

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It takes radical alchemy to imbue paper with the physicality of steel. Richard Serra (b. 1939) does just that in his etching Paths and Edges #13.  In the early 1970’s, around the same time that he took up printmaking, Serra created his first monumental steel sculptures. The decades-spanning series would come to define post-war, Post-Minimalist art. Sculptors often use printmaking to conceptualize work, but Serra makes prints in reaction to his completed sculptures. The artist sees the practice as “…a method for me to bring sculpture to definition, i.e., to understand the work in totality after its completion.” That’s how his prints so viscerally capture the simultaneous motion and inertia of his monolithic sculptures. Scroll down to view Paths and Edges #13 from the Zane Bennett Contemporary Art collection.

Image: Richard Serra by Christopher Felver, silver gelatin print

Richard Serra
Paths and Edges #13
Etching on buff Lanaquarelle watercolor paper
23.5 x 35.25 in
2007

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Ellsworth Kelly: Shape & Color

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“Shape and color are my two strong things,” said Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015). The New York artist’s position on his own work was as simple as that, but his influence on 20th century art was considerably more complex. Kelly was a key player in the evolution of hard-edge painting, Color Field painting, minimalism, and Pop Art, though he never willingly assumed the mantle of a particular movement. Quietly and diligently, he observed the built environment around him and captured his shifting perceptions on canvas and paper.

Kelly’s lithograph Blue and Orange and Green is poetic in its simplicity, a visual haiku consisting of three echoed forms in bright hues. “I wanted to give people joy,” Kelly said. His print, which is new to the Zane Bennett Contemporary Art Collection, is sure to brighten your day—and perhaps your living room.

Above: Ellsworth Kelly, Phaidon.

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Ellsworth Kelly
Blue and Orange and Green
lithograph
25 x 13.75 in.

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Wangechi Mutu’s New Pantheon.

Wangechi Mutu- Editioned Mixed-Media Collage- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

“Art is my way of speaking about things that are unspeakable, it is my truest voice and my strongest form of resistance,” Wangechi Mutu told Artnet. The Nairobi and New York-based artist explores questions of female representation, black identity, environmental catastrophe, and cultural trauma in her semi-figurative artworks. Her densely layered, oddly gnarled compositions show hybridized female figures who are simultaneously exquisite and grotesque, fantastical and forlorn.

Mutu’s collagraph, Second Born, is new to the Zane Bennett Contemporary collection. Mutu created it with Pace Editions in 2013, the same year as her first solo exhibition in the United States, Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey at the Nasher Museum of Art. The mixed-media piece is a powerful example of Mutu’s contemporary myth-making. By interweaving fact with fiction, she opens up possibilities for a pantheon of symbolic female characterizations, markedly different from those that appear in either classical history or popular culture.

Above: Wangechi Mutu, Kenyan Vibe.

Wangechi Mutu, Second Born,
24 kt gold, collagraph, relief, digital printing, collage and hand-coloring
36 x 43 in.

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Robert Rauschenberg’s Earth Day.

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Robert Rauschenberg, Earth Day, color silkscreen and color pochoir on wove paper, 64.25 x 42.75 in., 1990.

As an avid environmentalist, Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) designed the first Earth Day poster to benefit the American Environment Foundation in Washington, D.C. in 1970. Twenty years later, Rauschenberg created this color silkscreen and color pochoir on wove paper to celebrate the success of the 1990 Earth Day, which had 200 million participants.

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