Artist of the moment……Robert Zakanitch….

Robert Zakanitch was one of two men included in the original Pattern and Decoration Movement that had its inaugural show in 1976. Robert Zakanitch was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in the year 1935.

Zakanitch is now based out of New York city. In this great clip we visit our dear friend James Kalm. For those new to this blog James Kalm is our favorite artist to attend shows with via youtube. He has great insights into art in general and on this occasion briefly interviews Robert Zakanitch starting 6 minutes into the clip.

Here see Zakanitch alongside his Pattern and Decorative movement peers. Zakanitch’s work is shown about 2 minutes in. Right after him are photographs of the floral master Robert Kushner when he used to do live performance art. Kushner is now a painter of wonderful lush floral works, but used to be known in the 1970s and 1980s for making fantastic costumes and these photographs are from those days.

price range information:  Zakanitch has worked with screenprints which can be found for less than one thousand dollars. Acrylics range $2,000 to $10,000.

Zakantich is included in many prominent museum collections such as the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.

The artist has mainly been concerned with color over the years. He started out working with the Color Field movement than a few years later would meet artist Mary Schapiro. The two would go onto found the Pattern and Decoration movement in 1976.

A link to the artist’s own website:

In this clip we visit an author whose book was illustrated by Robert Zakanitch. Its for a program having to do with taking care of farm animals.

Its been great to see the evolution of this Pattern and Decorative painter. His works now are about so much more than repeating patterns and shapes. As James Kalm said, a more folk art look but the artist still enjoys playing with florals and other repeating shapes.


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