For Immediate Release
Robert Rahway Zakanitch
October 4 through November 17, 2007
Opening Reception October 4, 6 – 9 pm
Werkstätte is pleased to present the opening of its premiere exhibition: TUREEN SERIES, a body of new work by Robert Rahway Zakanitch. This group of large-scale acrylic paintings developed out of his historic interest in pattern and adornment, as well as civility, beauty, and nostalgia. In these works we see continued interest in traditional Zakanitch themes of scale, texture, pattern and color. In Tureens Zakanitch readdresses the elements of gold leaf and built-up surface that he first explored in his Adornments Series in 1995, and most recently in his 2005 Charms Series.
I am not sure anyone any longer knows, who created these pieces, or whether Zakanitch himself simply invented them. Like everything he paints, they have a life of their own… But I am struck most of all by the dignity, the respect accorded to these pieces of female handiwork and the will-to-beautification they exemplify.
- Arthur Danto
ROBERT RAHWAY ZAKANITCH lives and paints in New York City. A founder of the Pattern and Decorative movement, Robert Rahway Zakanitch had his first solo exhibition in 1977 with Holly Soloman. He was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation grant in 1995. His work is represented in many public collections, including Whitney Museum of American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, The Art Museum at Princeton University, and Vassar College Museum. Zakanitch’s work for the past 25 years has exemplified his ideal of nurturing, and continues in this series.
The exhibition runs through November 17, 2007. The gallery hours are Tuesday -Saturday, 11-6pm. The gallery is located at 55 Great Jones Street, NY, NY. If you require further information, please call 212 228 2996 or email