Sam Francis: Power & Containment

Sam Francis Artwork- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

“Painting is about the beauty of space and the power of containment,” said Sam Francis (1923-1994). The abstract expressionist master is best known for paintings that show multicolored abstract splatters between luminous fields of white. “Containment” isn’t the first word you might use to describe these exuberant artworks that are devoid of hard edges. However, much like Jackson Pollock, Francis was actually exercising precise control in the creation of his work. Though Francis’s bright pigments are focal points, he knew that negative space was his most important compositional tool. These new prints in the Zane Bennett Contemporary collection are dazzling examples of his signature aesthetic.

Image: Sam Francis.

Sam Francis- Chinese Wall CTP- Lithograph- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Sam Francis
Chinese Wall (CTP), 1969,
lithograph, 30.12 x 22.5 in.

Sam Francis- Untitled SF 236- Lithograph- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Sam Francis
Untitled (SF 236)1978
lithograph, 38.25 x 28 in.

Sam Francis- Untitled SF 78- Lithograph- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Sam Francis
Untitled (SF 78)1964
lithograph, 15.5 x 22.75 in.

Sam Francis- Untitled SF 319- Lithograph- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Sam Francis
Untitled (SF 319)1964
lithograph, 15.5 x 22.75 in.

Sam Francis- Untitled AP- Aquatint and Drypoint- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Sam Francis
Untitled AP1982
aquatint and drypoint, 29.87 x 23.87 in.

Sam Francis- Pasadena Box- Lithograph- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Sam Francis,
III, from the Pasadena Box, Variant II, 1963,
lithograph, 15 x 11.25 in.

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Rauschenberg’s Mona Lisa.

Robert Rauschenberg- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

“Very quickly, a painting is turned into a facsimile of itself,” said Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008). “One becomes so familiar with it that one recognizes it without looking at it.” He could’ve been talking about Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, which makes a cameo in his 1996 intaglio print Banco, from Ground RulesThe portrait is so rooted in the modern cultural consciousness that we can instantly conjure it in our mind’s eye.

Thus, it’s a perfect tool for exploring the concept of authorship: the painting appears next to a window emblazoned with the words “YOUR NAME HERE.” By presenting the world’s most iconic painting beside advertising lingo, the postmodern master asks whether true ownership of an image is possible in the age of mass media. Learn more about the print below, and browse more works by Rauschenberg.

Image: Robert Rauschenberg.

Robert Rauschenberg- Banco from Ground Rules- Intaglio Print- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Robert Rauschenberg
Banco, from Ground Rules
Intaglio
41.25 x 27.43 in
1996

More works by Rauschenberg.

Robert Rauschenberg- Soviet American Array V- Intaglio Print- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Robert Rauschenberg
Soviet / American Array V
Intaglio in 7 Colors
88.5 x 53.5 in
1990

Robert Rauschenberg- Arcanum V- Silkscreen Mixed Media Print- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Robert Rauschenberg
Arcamum V
color silkscreen with hand-coloring and collage on paper
22.5 x 15.5 in
1981

Robert Rauschenberg- Soviet American Array II- Intaglio Print- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Robert Rauschenberg
Soviet / American Array II
Intaglio in 14 Colors
88.5 x 53.5 in
1990

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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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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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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

Get Lost with Akira Yamaguchi.

Akira Yamaguchi- Artworks on Paper- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Akira Yamaguchi (b. 1969, Japan) is the kind of artist who lands in a circle of luminaries wherever he goes. Yamaguchi designed the cover art for the album V by the nu-jazz music duo United Future Organization, and illustrated the book Chronicles of My Life: An American in the Heart of Japan by Donald Keene. He’s good friends with the perennially hip director Sofia Coppola, who cast him as the bellhop in her Oscar-winning movie Lost in Translation. The artist’s densely detailed paintings of fantastical cityscapes, which modernize the multi-tiered aesthetic of Japanese Edo period pictures, would make perfect companion art for Coppola’s sprawling but hyperspecific film. Several prints of Yamaguchi’s images are part of the Zane Bennett Contemporary collection. Send your eyes on a visual walkabout!

Photo: Kawai Satoshi.

Akira Yamaguchi- Artwork on Paper- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Akira Yamaguchi
Tokei (Tokyo): Roppongi Hillsbronze
Inkjet Print
16 x 25 in
2005

Akira Yamaguchi- Artwork on Paper- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Akira Yamaguchi
Tokei (Tokyo): Hiroo and Roppongi
Inkjet Print
30 x 26 in
2005

Akira Yamaguchi- Artwork on Paper- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Akira Yamaguchi
Department Store: Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
Inkjet Print
23 x 33 in
2011

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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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Special Offers: Pop Art

Jim Dine- Lithograph- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico
Jim Dine, The Astra Tool AP, lithograph, 1985, 23.63 x 19.75 in.

Add a piece of art history to your walls this winter! There’s a new Special Offerssection on the Zane Bennett Contemporary Art website, featuring exceptional pricing on works by legendary artists. Scroll down to view prints by Pop Art icons and Pop-inspired artists from the new collection, and make sure to bookmark the Special Offers page for future additions.

Jim Dine
Black Ink Robe
lithograph
25.5 x 19.5 in.
year: 2005

Olivier Mosset
Yellow Star
serigraph
27.5 x 27.5 in.
year: 1998

Olivier Mosset
Number 9
serigraph on aluminum
10.62 x 7.87 in.
year: 2006

Donald Sultan
Black Flowers October 15
lithograph
29.87 x 22 in.
year: 1996

Mimmo Paladino
Atlantico II ( Figure Kneeling with Ladder & Chest of Drawers)
linoleum block print
74.25 x 23 in.
year: 1987

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Ellsworth Kelly in Blue.

Ellsworth Kelly Portrait- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico
“I think that if you can turn off the mind and look only with the eyesultimately everything becomes abstract,” said Ellsworth Kelly (1923 – 2015). Kelly’s abstraction is rooted in the real world. His strong sense of form and color has often been tied to his time in the military, affinity for bird watching, and observations of nature. Although simplistic in imagery, Kelly’s work holds a certain tension. “I think what we all want from art is a sense of fixity, a sense of opposing the chaos of daily living,” said Kelly. “This an illusion, of course. Canvas rots. Paint changes color. In a sense, what I’ve tried to capture is the reality of flux, to keep art an open, incomplete situation, to get at the rapture ofseeing.”

Kelly was a pioneer of Color Field painting and minimalism whose influence extends across the second half the 20th century to the present.This is exemplified by the story behind Kelly’s Untitled (1983), a hand-signed lithograph that was included in the Eight by Eight to Celebrate the Temporary Contemporary suite. The portfolio features artwork by eight prominent artists, and was used as a fundraising vehicle for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles. The artists who participated were Kelly, Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, David Hockney, Robert Rauschenberg, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely, and Andy Warhol. This iconic collection is a testament to the cultural milieu of the United States in the 1980’s. This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of this illustrious history.

Photo Credit: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
Ellsworth Kelly- Color Lithograph- Eight by Eight- 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

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Unwrap a Christo.

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

“All our projects are like fabulous expeditions,” said Christo (b.1935). “The story of each project is unique. Our projects have no precedent.” It’s a bold statement to make, but hard to deny when you look at the staggering output of Christo and his late, great partner Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009). Starting in the early 1960’s, they set out to wrap the world in flowing cloth. They’ve managed to cover quite a lot of ground since then, from Central Park to the Reichstag. Three new prints in our collection depict wrapped objects that are not monumental in size—but just as culturally significant. Wrapped Telephone shows an L.M. Ericsson design that’s iconic of early 20th century communication. Wrapped Motorcycle/Sidecar and Wrapped Automobile capture two symbols of freewheeling American innnovation. Both of the new prints come with complimentary gifts, pictured below. It’s a unique opportunity to “unwrap” a Christo this holiday season.

Image: Copyright 1963 Christo.

Christo Lithograph- Wrapped Ericsson Model Telephone- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

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

This piece comes with a complimentary
L.M. Ericsson Model telephone, pictured below. 

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

 

Christo Lithograph- Wrapped Harley-Davidson Motorcycle and Sidecar- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

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

This piece comes with a complimentary toy
Harley-Davidson 1933 VL Model with sidecar, pictured below.

                                               Christo- Wrapped Motorcycle- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico Christo- Wrapped Motorcycle- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Christo Lithograph- Wrapped Blue Studebaker Car- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Christo
Wrapped Automobile
(Project for 1950 Studebaker Champion, Series 9 G Coupe)

lithograph with mixed-media collage
17 x 21 in.
year: 2015

This piece comes with a complimentary die-cast
Champion Blue Studebaker, pictured below.

Christo- Wrapped Studebaker Automobile- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Christo Lithograph- Wrapped Statues- The Glyptothek- Munich Germany- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art

Christo
Wrapped Statues, the Glyptothek, Munich
serigraph and photo collage
35 x 27 inches
year: 1988

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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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Sol LeWitt’s Emblemata Series.

Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) is regarded as a founder of both Minimal and Conceptual art. His prolific two and three-dimensional oeuvre includes wall drawings (over 1200 of which have been executed), hundreds of works on paper, and structures in the form of towers, pyramids, geometric forms, and progressions. He’s also known for his postcard correspondence with famous contemporaries such as Eva Hesse and On Kawara.

For his Emblemata series of monotypes from 2000, LeWitt experimented with yet another medium: the book. Maurizio Londei of the Italian imprint Edizioni Essegi challenged LeWitt and other artistic titans, such as Richard Long and Pier Paolo Calzolari, to “transpose their emblematic essence” into print portfolios. The idea was for the artist to create an “ideal volume” that could serve as a direct conduit between artist and viewer, passing vital knowledge between them. LeWitt responded to this challenge with a series of 15 monotypes bearing his idiosyncratic two-toned palette and iconic, exuberant squiggle forms. The series doesn’t incorporate words nor is it bound, but it’s nonetheless successful as a late-career “text” bearing all the wisdom of LeWitt’s long and illustrious career. Scroll down to view prints from the series, and click here to browse all of the images. The Emblemata series is exclusively available as a complete set.

Sol LeWitt- Emblemata Print Series- Monotypes- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Sol LeWitt
Emblemata
monotype, 11.25 x 22.37 in
2000

Sol LeWitt- Emblemata Print Series- Monotypes- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Sol LeWitt- Emblemata Print Series- Monotypes- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Sol LeWitt- Emblemata Print Series- Monotypes- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Sam Francis in Winter.

Sam Francis- Artist Portrait- Photo by Meibao D. Nee.- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art

“Ideas hang around images like shadows,” said Sam Francis (1923-1994). “The space at the center of these paintings is reserved for you.”  The quote seems particularly apt when it comes to the abstract expressionist’s aquatint “The Five Continents in Wintertime.” Francis employs his idiosyncratic drips and splatters, but pulls back his typically vibrant palette to reflect the purple, blue and brown tones of bare branches set against winter skies. Between these cool winter “shadows,” a field of snowy white paper shows through.

Francis was born in San Mateo, California. He was initially influenced by the work of abstract expressionists such as Mark Rothko, Arshile Gorky and Clyfford Still. While living in Paris in the 1950’s, he became associated with Tachisme. Tachisme was a reaction to cubism and is characterized by spontaneous brushwork, drips and blobs of paint straight from the tube, and sometimes scribbling reminiscent of calligraphy. Francis spent his time in Paris executing entirely monochromatic works, but his mature pieces are generally large oil paintings with splashed or splattered areas of bright contrasting color. Areas of white canvas are often left to show through, and in later works, paint is sometimes confined to the edges of the canvas. Scroll down to view “The Five Continents in Wintertime” and other works by Sam Francis.

Image: Meibao D. Nee.

Sam Francis- The Five Continents in Wintertime- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Sam Francis
The Five Continents in Wintertime
aquatint, 23.75in x 48.75in
1984

Sam Francis- Color Lithograph- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Sam Francis
Untitled
color lithograph, 30 x 20 in.
1968

Sam Francis
Untitled #5, from Pasadena Box
lithograph, 11 x 15 in.
1963

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