Dynamic Duo: Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh.

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh- Works on Paper- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

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.

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh- Works on Paper- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

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

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh- Works on Paper- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

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

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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Arturo Herrera In Motion.

Arturo Herrera- Art21- Play Documentary- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

“Being Latin American, you are made up of so many fragments from different cultures,” Arturo Herrera (b. 1959) told Art21 in a documentary called Play. The sequence shows the Venezuela-born, New York and Berlin-based artist sifting through an enormous pile of clippings from paintings, drawings, and printed materials. These are the puzzle pieces for his abstract collages, which incorporate undulating forms and dazzling colors into compositions that almost seem to emit an exuberant hum.

Herrera’s editioned, mixed-media collage Johannes is one such visual chorus. Created over two years in collaboration with the printers at Pace Editions, Johannes is a tour de force of printmaking experimentation. This mixed-media collage is composed of more than 100 separately printed elements in various printmaking techniques, including etching, aquatint, linocut, letterpress, collagraph, silkscreen and digital pigment print. Watch this video from Pace that details the fascinating process, and learn more about the print below.

Arturo Herrera- Johannes- Mixed-Media Collage- Pace Editions- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

 Arturo Herrera, Johannes,
 mixed-media collage with various printmaking techniques and felt,
62.5 x 39.5 in., 2012

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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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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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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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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.

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