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ROBERT RAHWAY ZAKANITCH. David Pagel and John DeFazio. Pomegranate Communications, Inc., Portland, 2016. 180 pp. with 131 ills. (129 col.). 29 x 25 cm. LC 2015-5839 ISBN 9780764972638 In English.
Publisher's description: To Robert Rahway Zakanitch, life is full of ordinary miracles and the boundless beauty of humanity, which he expresses on paper and canvas in what essayist David Pagel calls a wild collision between freewheeling bohemian abandon and settled-down domestic sociability. Zakanitch, who was trained in commercial art and has a background in advertising, began to paint seriously amid the 1960s culture of artistic intellectualism, when beauty was out of fashion and modern art seemed bent on excluding rather than including its audience. After exploring formalism and abstract expressionism, Zakanitch began painting what he described as gestural things and patterns that were anathema to modernism. Things that I didn't quite understand, but felt good to me. He wanted to get back to the human rather than pursue the abstract. He wanted to reclaim beauty. By the 1970s, Zakanitch had reached critical acclaim as a fine artist and as a founder of the pattern and decoration movement. More recently, Zakanitch uses line, form, color, composition, and scale especially scale to create accessible, visually rich paintings. He wields his pencils and brushes with undeniable authority, but generously invites viewers into his artistic process, allowing visible erasures, drips of paint, glimpses of gridwork and support materials, and bits of hand-lettering.
Artist(s):Zakanitch, Robert Rahway
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Painting
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 171396
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