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.

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.

To add this work by El Anatsui to your collection, please inquire or contact us at 505-982-8111.

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

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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.

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“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.

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

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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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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

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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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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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Jean-Michel Basquiat: Flexible

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“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.

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

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Sam Francis: Power & Containment

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“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.

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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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Win a print by Manuel Amorim!

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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.
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Manuel Amorim, Duex TeTes, woodcut, 23.25 x 13.25 in., 2007.
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Manuel Amorim, Les Murs, woodcut, 20 x 13 in., 2007.

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Spotlight: Glass Art.

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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.