Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to present an exhibition of prints celebrating the 20th century's greatest contemporary master artists including Jim Dine, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler and Ellsworth Kelly among others. Also featured are prints and paintings by Olivier Mosset, who has been at the cutting-edge of contemporary art since the late 1960s. Both shows open Friday, August 26, 2011 and continue through September 23.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Jim Dine (b. 1935) In 1962 Dine's work was included in one of the first "Pop Art" exhibitions in America. Curated by Walter Hopps at the Norton Simon Museum, the show featured Dine's paintings along with Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Edward Ruscha, and Wayne Thiebaud. These painters started a movement, during a time of social revolution, which changed Modern art forever. Dine's Pinocchio art began when he worked on a commercial book focused on Pinocchio. "The idea of a talking stick becoming a boy [is] like a metaphor for art, and it's the ultimate alchemical transformation."
Sam Francis (1923-1994) One of 20th century's leading abstract expressionists had a long and prolific career creating thousands of paintings as well as works on paper, prints, and monotypes. His work references Color Field painting, Japanese art, French impressionism and his own Bay Area roots. Francis's work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions, including a solo exhibition at the Pasadena Art Museum, California, a Retrospective at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Helen Frankenthaler (b. 1928) has exhibited her work over six decades spanning several generations of abstract painters and continues to create significant new work. She began exhibiting her large-scale Abstract Expressionist paintings in contemporary museums and galleries in the 1950s. She was included in the 1964 Post-Painterly Abstraction exhibition curated by Clement Greenberg that introduced a newer generation of abstract painting which came to be known as Color Field. Her work has been the subject of several retrospective exhibitions, including a 1989 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Her work has exhibited worldwide since the 1950s. In 2001, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Ellsworth Kelly (b. 1923) traveled to Paris in 1948 where he was exposed to various avant-garde developments. By the following year he had created his first abstract painting and would continue in that direction throughout his career. By the end of the decade he was most closely associated with the Hard-edge style of painting, in which abstract contours and large areas of flat color are sharply and precisely defined. Kelly has continued working devotedly to his style: a style described as "inner-directed," also pursuing printmaking and large-scale sculpture.