Robert Zakanitch


Robert Zakanitch (born 1935) is an American painter and was one of the founders of the Pattern and Decoration movement situated in the United States from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. Zakanitch began exhibiting in the late 1960s with Color Field paintings. 


In the 1970s Zakanitch took up decorative imagery, he had been working as a color field abstractionist faithful to the Minimalist grid as the structural system of his painting. Once into decoration, he retained both his color sophistication and his respect for structure but translated the latter into a free, often organic floral motif rendered in a painterly fashion.


Zakanitch works are in major collections throughout the world including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.


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