Jeff Koons: Luxury & Degradation.

Jeff Koons- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

“Everything has an opposite pole,” said Jeff Koons (b. 1955) of his Luxury and Degradation sculptures. “If you just present optimism without a darker side… there’s no definition of optimism.” The 1986 series appropriates imagery from advertisements and memorabilia for alcoholic beverages—fertile ground to stir up ideas about class, commerce and nostalgia. These highly polished objects have an aura of opulence, but are in fact made from stainless steel. “To me, the stainless steel is the material of the proletarian, it’s what pots and pans are made of. It’s very hard material and it’s fake luxury,” Koons explained.

The artist’s crowning achievement from the body of work is Jim Beam J.B. Turner Engine, a 9.5-foot-long model of a steam engine that’s loaded with bottles of whiskey. “I find it a very powerful image,” Koons said. “An image about progress, about future, about strength.” As always, Koons hovers on the edge of sincerity: his inspiration for the artwork was not an actual locomotive, but rather a kitschy decanter in the shape of one. He included an image of the Jim Beam sculpture in a set of three photolithographs named for the series. The Luxury & Degradation portfolio (1986) depicts the artist’s renditions of the steam engine, a Baccarat crystal set and a fisherman golfer figurine. Scroll down to see the works and learn more.

Above: Jeff Koons, by Andrew Burton AFP.

Jeff Koons
Luxury and Degradation
photolithograph (portfolio of three prints)
32 x 24 in. each
1986

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Win a print by Manuel Amorim!

Manuel Amorim Print- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico
Manuel Amorim, Nuit Mauve, woodcut, 22.75 x 14.75 in., 2007.

You could win a work of art by Manuel Amorim (b. 1950)! Enter our free raffle for a chance to add his woodcut Nuit Mauve to your collection. Fragmented and existential, the Lisbon-born artist’s work centers on shadowy silhouettes moving solo through the universe.

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More art by Manuel Amorim.

Manuel Amorim Print- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico
Manuel Amorim, Four Eyes, woodcut, 23.75 x 15.25 in., 2007.
Manuel Amorim Print- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico
Manuel Amorim, Em-Bas, woodcut, 15 x 9 in., 2007.
Manuel Amorim Print- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico
Manuel Amorim, Duex TeTes, woodcut, 23.25 x 13.25 in., 2007.
Manuel Amorim Print- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico
Manuel Amorim, Les Murs, woodcut, 20 x 13 in., 2007.

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TASCHEN at Zane Bennett.

 

Murals of Tibet by TASCHEN at Zane Bennet Gallery
Murals of Tibet.

 

Lovers of beautiful books, rejoice! Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is now an official seller of TASCHEN Books, the revolutionary German imprint that deserves its own art museum. TASCHEN has collaborated with the likes of David HockneyChristo & Jeanne-Claude and Beatriz Milhazes to produce limited edition books that are true works of art. We’re particularly excited about their new title Murals of Tibet, an epic chronicle of some of the greatest treasures of Buddhist culture and Tibetan heritage.

For more than a decade, photographer Thomas Laird traveled the length, breadth, and far-flung corners of Tibet’s plateau to capture the land’s spectacular Buddhist murals. Deploying new multi-image digital photography, Laird compiled the world’s first archive of these artworks, some walls as wide as 10 meters, in life-size resolution. In recognition of this World Heritage landmark and preservation of Tibetan culture, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has signed all copies of this Collector’s Edition. As pictured, Murals of Tibetcomes with a stand designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect and humanitarian pioneer Shigeru Ban.

Click the images below to view more books from TASCHEN, now available from Zane Bennett Contemporary Art. Browse all of our TASCHEN titles and other books in our online shop.

 

 

David Hockney TASCHEN Book at Zane Bennett David Hockney, A Bigger Book

Andy Warhol TASCHEN book at Zane Bennett Gallery
Andy Warhol, Seven Illustrated Books, 1952 – 1959

 

TASCHEN book by Christopher Wool at Santa Fe gallery
Christopher Wool

 

The Gates by Christo and Jeanne-Claude book at Zane Bennett
Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The Gates

 

TASCHEN book Beatriz Millhazes at Zane Bennett
Beatriz Milhazes

Judy Chicago: The Godmother

Judy Chicago- Portrait- The New York Times Magazine- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art

Judy Chicago is having a moment. In the past few months, she’s been featured in an Artsy podcast, profiled in an article for W Magazine, and hailed as “The Godmother” in a recent piece by New York Times Magazine. Here’s an excerpt:

Once your eye is trained to see Chicago’s imprint, it is everywhere, and unmistakable. It’s in Petra Collins’s menstruation-positive T-shirts; in the forthcoming installation on Sunset Boulevard in L.A. by Zoe Buckman of a huge uterus drawn in neon tubing crowned with boxing gloves; in the pink “pussy hats” that are worn in opposition to Trump’s election. Images like these — symbolically overt, politically and anatomically in-your-face, forcing a public confrontation with sexism — are all descended from Chicago’s imagination.

Another article that appeared in the New York Times a few days ago analyzed the tumultuous legacy of critical perspectives on Chicago’s most iconic work, The Dinner Party:

[Chicago] said that despite the art media’s early disparagement of her work, her way of overcoming the disappointment was to go into her studio and continue making art. She found a supportive community in Southern California’s Ferus boys, notably the American artist and sculptor Billy Al Bengston, from whom she said she learned quite a bit. “Early on, he told me: ‘Never read reviews. Just count the column inches and the number of pictures,’ advice I heeded for many years. And given the vicissitudes of my career, it was really good advice.”

Chicago’s fiery feminist statement on the rebirth of humanity, Birth Tear / Tear, appeared at our sister gallery form & concept when Chicago visited last February. Watch our Q&A with her here, and inquire about the piece below.

Image: Photograph by Collier Schorr. Styled by Suzanne Koller. New York Times Magazine.

Judy Chicago Artwork- Fine Art Print- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Judy Chicago
Birth Tear / Tear
serigraph
24 x 34 in
year: 1985

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Fresh Blooms from Donald Sultan

Donald Sultan- Hamptons Magazine- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Donald Sultan (b. 1951) emerged as a master of the New Image movement in the 1970’s, producing elegant, minimalist imagery using industrial materials that were decidedly postminimal. Abstracted blooms are an iconic motif in his work. The new screen print in our collection offers a prime example of Sultan’s style, characterized by stark, black forms amid vibrant fields of color. In the print, tar and flocking enhance the dark fields, transforming them into infinite chasms with powerful visual gravity.

Scroll down to view our new Sultan screen print—along with a full bouquet of the artist’s flower compositions—in the Zane Bennett Contemporary collection, and click here to browse all available works.

Image: David A. Land, Hamptons Magazine.

Donald Sultan- Flower Screen Print- Red and Black- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Donald Sultan
Red Poppies, July 24, 2012
screen print with tar and flocking
year: 2012

Donald Sultan- Flower Aquatint- Green- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Donald Sultan- Flower Aquatint- Red- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Donald Sultan- Flower Aquatint- Black- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Donald Sultan- Flower Aquatint- Blue- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Donald Sultan
Trumpet (Green, Red, Black & Blue) 
aquatint, 31.50 x 27.87 in (each print)

Donald Sultan- Black Flower Lithograph- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Donald Sultan
Black Flowers September 12
lithograph, 29.87 x 22 in.

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Black Friday at Zane Bennett.

Shop Small at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Starting Black Friday (Nov. 24) and extending through Cyber Monday (Nov. 26), enjoy a 10% discount on any acquisition from Zane Bennett Contemporary Art. Scroll down to see our latest offerings, and browse the complete collection on our website.

Robert Motherwell Collage- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Robert Motherwell
America — La France Variations VI
lithograph and collage
46.5 x 32.125 in.
year: 1983-4

Helen Frankenthaler Screenprint- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Helen Frankenthaler
Solar Imp.
color screenprint
39.375 x 29.875 in.
year: 2001

Ellsworth Kelly Lithograph- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Ellsworth Kelly
Untitled (Eight by Eight to Celebrate the Temporary Contemporary)
color lithograph
29 x 41 in.
year: 1983

Christo Lithograph- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Christo
Wrapped Telephone, Project for L.M. Ericsson Model
color lithograph with mixed-media collage
28 x 22 in.
year: 1985

Christo
Wrapped Motorcycle/Sidecar (Project for Harley-Davidson 1933 VL Model)
color lithograph with mixed-media collage
19.626 x 21.875 in.
year: 1997

Francis Bacon
Lithograph for the Metropolitan Museum of Art
color lithograph poster
44.875 x 33.625 in.
year: 1975

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Ed Ruscha’s Hourglass.

Ed Ruscha Artwork- Zane Bennett Contemporary- Fine Art Prints
Ed Ruscha, Relos Arena (HC), 1988, lithograph, 30 x 22 in

Despite being credited with a Pop sensibility, Ed Ruscha (b. 1937) defies categorization with his diverse output of photographic books and tongue-in-cheek photo-collages, paintings, and drawings. Ruscha’s work is inspired by the ironies and idiosyncrasies of life in Los Angeles, which he often conveys by placing glib words and colloquial phrases atop photographic images or fields of color. Known for painting and drawing with unusual materials such as gunpowder, blood, and Pepto Bismol, Ruscha draws attention to the deterioration of language and pervasive clichés in pop culture.

Ruscha’s lithograph Relos Arena is new to the Zane Bennett Contemporary collection. The artist’s bold style and idiosyncratic splatter effects are on dynamic display in the piece, but it also possesses an elegance and subtlety that echoes its subject matter. Scroll down to view detail images of this work, and click here to inquire now.

Ed Ruscha- Hourglass Print- Detail- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art

Ed Ruscha- Hourglass Print- Detail- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art

Ed Ruscha- Hourglass Print- Detail- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art