Untitled, 1983

Robert Zakanitch
Untitled, 1983
Black matte and semi-gloss textured ground with yellow, red, and green small floral spots in pattern, interrupted by yellow flourish.
50 x 39 inches, 52 7/8 x 40 ¾ inches framed

(Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center)
Signed and dated at lower right
Inscribed by the artist (at lower center): For Delmar in pencil
Artist’s proof, outside of edition of 144

Ex. Coll: Gift of the artist to Delmar.

Delmar Hendricks was the first director of Lincoln Center’s Vera List Poster and Print program.

About the Artist

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Robert Zakanitch grew up in Rahway, NJ before moving to New York City where he continues to live and work. In the late 1960’s the artist experimented with Color Field painting but rejected its’ minimalism and lack of visual pleasure. Like many of the other members of the Pattern & Decoration Movement, Zakanitch became fascinated by the possibilities of pattern which they saw as a “third alternative painting style” (p. 108 Pattern & Decoration: An Ideal Vision in American Art, 1975-1985).

By about 1974 the Pattern & Decoration Movement began to gain traction with shows at the Holly Solomon Gallery and Tibor De Nagy Gallery as well as being featured at the 1975 Whitney Biennial. In 1983, the year that Zakanitch executed Untitled for Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, the Pattern & Decoration was at its’ pinnacle. Zakanitch has continued his interest in this type of art and has collaborated on a number of major public projects with renowned architect Cesar Pelli. He also continues to exhibit and illustrate children’s books.

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