The Epic Endeavor: Frank Stella’s Waves Series

Frank Stella- Waves Series- Moby-Dick- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico
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.

Frank Stella - The Waves Series - Ahab - Moby Dick - The Whale - Zane Bennett Gallery - Santa Fe

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

Turrell’s Pantheon.

James Turrell- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

“I like to use light as a material, but my medium is actually perception,” said James Turrell (b. 1943). “I want you to sense yourself sensing —to see yourself seeing.” Turrell’s exhibition at the Guggenheim in 2013 was his first solo display in New York City since the 1980’s, and he was ready to catch Manhattan’s eye. In his skyscape titled Aten Reign, the Light and Space artist transformed the museum’s iconic rotunda into an enormous oculus that could only be viewed from the ground floor. The installation emanated the full spectrum of color, hypnotically shifting from hue to hue.

Aten Reign, a series of suspended oval armatures and sheer scrims that span the entire cavity of the building, is so overwhelming, meditative, beautiful and suited to the space that you actually forget you’re in the Guggenheim, where it’s almost architecturally impossible to do so,” wrote Times Quotidian of the work. Turrell joked that Frank Lloyd Wright might not have approved of this radical alteration of the structure’s design. His revolutionary but ephemeral artistic statement is captured in this large-scale archival pigment print. Like the masterwork it depicts, this 44-by-65-inch piece has its own gravitational pull.

Above: James Turrell.

James Turrell- Aten Reign Archival Pigment Print- Guggenheim Museum- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art

James Turrell
Aten Reign
archival pigment print
44 x 65 in.
2015

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Bird’s Eye View: Lu Xinjian

Lu Xinjian- City DNA Paintings- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico
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

Richard Serra- Works on Paper- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico
Bryan Derballa / Wall Street Journal.

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

Ellsworth Kelly- Works on Paper- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico
“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.

Ellsworth Kelly- Blue and Orange and Green- Lithograph- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

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.

Robert Rauschenberg- Earth Day- Fine Art Print- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico
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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Jean-Michel Basquiat: Flexible

Jean-Michel Basquiat- Fine Art Prints- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

“Believe it or not, I can actually draw,” said Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 – 1988). After establishing himself as a musician, poet, and graffiti artist by the time he was 20, Basquiat debuted his paintings to critical acclaim in a group exhibition sponsored by Colab and Fashion Moda. He would have his first solo show a year later, which launched a prolific but tragically short career.

The artist’s signature, scrawling painting style often commented on systematic racism, class struggle, and power structures. Basquiat’s neo-expressionist paintings have been exhibited internationally since his death, often selling in the millions. In fact, the image from his 24-color screen print Flexible also appears in a 1984 painting that sold for $45.3 million at Phillips earlier this year. Look below to learn more about the print, which is new to our collection.

Jean-Michel Basquiat- Flexible- Screen Print- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

  Jean-Michel Basquiat, Flexible,
24-color screenprint, 60.25 x 45.5 in, 2016

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Christo wraps Rome.

Christo- Fine Art Print- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico
Christo, Ponte Sant’Angelo, Wrapped, Project for Rome, mixed-media print, 25 x 23.87 in., 2011

“We are probably the only artists in the world who have a 2,000-page book on a work of art that doesn’t exist,” said Christo (b. 1935) of collaborating with his late partner Jeanne-Claude. A remarkable thing about the world-famous duo is that many of their fantastical ideas have become realities. Their monumental projects, such as The Gates in Central Park and Wrapped Reichstag, forever changed the world’s view of iconic locales. This success can be attributed, in large part, to that laborious documentation. “These projects reveal their identity through this whole process,” Christo said. “When I’m starting, I only have the slightest idea of how the work of art will exist.” Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s early-career proposal to wrap Rome’s oldest bridge, Ponte Sant’Angelo, is captured in this exquisite mixed-media print. It’s a screenprint with fabric, twine, felt pen and graphite. See more works by Christo from the Zane Bennett Contemporary collection below.

Books by Christo.

Christo- The Floating Piers- Taschen Books- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The Floating Piersbook, 10.6 x 11.4 in.

Christo- The Gates- Central Park- Taschen Books- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The Gatesbook, 10.6 x 11.4 in.

Artwork by Christo.

Christo- Wrapped Telephone- Fine Art Print- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Christo, Wrapped Telephone, Project for L.M. Ericsson Model,
color lithograph with collage of fabric, twine, and photograph, 28 x 22 in., 1985

Christo- Wrapped Automobiles- Fine Art Prints- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Christo, Wrapped Automobile (Project for 1950 Studebaker
Champion, Series 9G Coupe)
, lithograph, collage, 17 x 21 in., 2015

Christo- Wrapped Statues- Fine Art Prints- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Statues, The Glyptothek, Munich,
serigraph and photo collage, 35 x 27 in., 1988

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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.

To enter, simply subscribe to our email newsletter between today and Friday, May 11th. We’ll announce the winner next week.

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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Spotlight: Glass Art.

Michael Petry Sculpture- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Michael Petry, Glass Stone B50, blown glass, 13 x 6.5 x 9 in.

Matthew Szösz and Michael Petry exhibit exquisite glass sculptures in our sister gallery, form & concept. Szösz recently debuted the solo exhibition Minimal Tension, featuring new works from his ongoing series Inflatables and Ropework. The artist calls some of his experiments “material/process investigations” and others “bad ideas.” Either way, the key is to set up novel conditions in the studio, shifting heat, humidity and other variables to see how the glass responds. It’s a winding process—part scientific, part artistic—that has yielded significant treasures

Works from Petry’s installation piece Joshua D’s Wall are currently on display at form & concept. Originally installed in the Palm Springs Art Museum, the work featured a field of 250 hand-blown glass stones that are scattered over the museum floor. Joshua D’s Wall alludes to the Biblical story of Joshua and the crumbling walls of Jericho. Resembling small boulders, these glass stones evoke the earth’s magma and the many colors found therein, as well as Petry’s own artistic impression of the natural environment. An installation view of these works appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s guide to Santa Fe this spring.

Matthew Szosz Sculpture- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Matthew Szösz, untitled (inflatable) no. 85b, glass, 16.5 x 13 x 16.5 in.
Michael Petry Sculpture- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Michael Petry, Glass Stone AM 35, blown glass, 13 x 6.5 x 9 in.
Matthew Szosz Sculpture- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Matthew Szösz, untitled (inflatable) no. 80, glass, 18 x 17.5 x 12.75 in.
Michael Petry Sculpture- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Michael Petry, Glass Stone . 09, blown glass, 13 x 6.5 x 9 in.
Matthew Szosz Sculpture- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Matthew Szösz, Ouroboros, glass, 14 x 24 x 24 in.

Artists Rising.

Mike Rottenberg and Reynier Leyva Novo- Rising Artists- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Mika Rottenberg (b. 1976, Argentina) and Reynier Leyva Novo (b. 1983, Cuba) are hardly emerging artists. They’ve both exhibited at the Venice Biennale, and have artwork in the permanent collections of renowned institutions across the world. Recently, each of them have marked yet another important milestone in their artistic careers: they’ve landed major solo displays.

Rottenberg’s self-titled exhibition at the Bass Museum in Miami Beach (on view through April 30) focuses on elucidating the mechanics of late-stage, global capitalism by way of absurd and poetic comparisons. Novo mounted a solo presentation of his work at The Armory Show in New York early this year, hot off the heels of his contribution to the Cuban Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale last summer. His work challenges ideology and symbols of power, uprooting notions of an individual’s ability to affect change. Rottenberg and Novo’s respective artistic quests ring clear in these works on paper from the Zane Bennett Contemporary collection. Consider acquiring art by two rising creative luminaries!

Images: Mika Rottenberg (l) & Juan Carlos Alom

Mika Rottenberg- Drawing- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Mika Rottenberg
U5
graphite, acrylic and colored pencil on paper
12.5 x 16.75 in.
2008

Reynier Leyva Novo- Fine Art Print- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Reynier Leyva Novo
50 + 10
cut vinyl on paper
25.62 x 19.75 in.
2011

Reynier Leyva Novo- Fine Art Print- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Reynier Leyva Novo
Power or Justice
cut vinyl on paper
25.62 x 19.75 in.
2011

Reynier Leyva Novo- Fine Art Print- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Reynier Leyva Novo
Long Live the Heroine
cut vinyl on paper
25.62 x 19.75 in.
2011

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