ROBERT RAHWAY ZAKANITCH

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Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
Lives and works in New York City

Awards

1995 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Grant
1970 Caps Grant, New York

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2007 Lace Paintings, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2006 Charms, Spike Gallery, New York, NY
Lace Paintings, Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Robert Rahway Zakanitch, The Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
2005 Silhouette Series, Spike Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Aggressive Goodness Series, Spike Gallery, New York, NY
Aggressive Goodness Series II, Patricia Faure, Santa Monica, CA
1999 Big Bungalow Suite, Polk Museum, Lakeland, FLA
1998 Big Bungalow Suite, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
 I Space, University of Illinois, Chicago, ILL
Big Bungalow Suite, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Museum of Art, NV
1997 Marion Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Big Bungalow Suite Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
1996 Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Big Bungalow Suite, Arizona State University Museum of Art, Tempe, AZ
1995 Adornments, Hirschl and Adler Gallery, NYC
Big Bungalow Suite, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA
Guild Hall Museum, Easthampton, NY
1994 Big Bungalow Suite, Jason McCoy Gallery, NYC
1991 Daniel Templon Gallery, Paris, FRANCE
1990 Sidney Janis Gallery, NYC
1989 Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FLA
Harcus Gallery, Boston, MA
1988 Robert Miller Gallery, NYC
1985 Asher-Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Robert Miller Gallery, NYC
1984 Robert Miller Gallery, NYC
1983 Fondation du Chateau de Jau, Case de Pene, FRANCE
1982 Asher-Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Michael Lord Gallery, Milwaukee, WISC
Daniel Templon Gallery, Paris, FRANCE 1981
Robert Miller Gallery, NYC
James Mayor Gallery, London, ENG
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (retrospective)
1980 Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, FRANCE
Robert Miller Gallery, NYC
1979 Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, GERMANY
Robert Miller Gallery, NYC
1978 Galerie Liatowitsch, Basel, SWITZERLAND
Robert Miller Gallery, NYC
1977 Holly Solomon Gallery, NYC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2007 Pattern and Decoration: An Ideal Vision in American Art, 1975 – 1985, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
2005 The Art of 9/11, Apex Art, New York, NY, Curator: Arthur Danto
1996 Inside: The Work of St. Clair Cemin, Joel Otterness and Others, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA
1994 Palm Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
1993 Jason McCoy Gallery, NYC
1989 Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1988 The Flower Show, Betsy Rosenfield Gallery, Chicago, ILL
Manufactures du Sevres, Porcelains, FRANCE
1987 A View of the Workshop: Selections from Tyler Graphics" Katonah Gallery, NY
Art in Fashion/Fashion in Art, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, NYC
1986 House and Garden: 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Nassau County Museum of Art Roslyn, NY
After Matisse, Independent Curators, Inc. NYC 1985
Anniottanta, Luogo d'Esponsizione, Bologna, Italy
1984 Flower as Image in Contemporary Art, Wave Hill Gallery, Bronx, NY
The Tremaine Collection: 20th Century Masters, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, NYC
The Restoration of Painterly Figuration, Kitakyushi Municipal Museum, Japan
American Art Scene l970, organized by Whitney Museum and travelled to La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, CA; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska
1983 Content in Abstraction, High Musem of Art, Atlanta, GA
Ornamentalism: The New Decorativeness in Architecture & Design, Hudson River Museum,Yonkers, NY
A Contemporary Collection on Loan from the Rothschild Bank AG Zurich, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, CA
Back to the USA, Kunstmuseum, Luzern, Switzerland and travelled to Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn Germany; Wurttembergischer kunstverin, Stuttgart, Germany
1982 Paintings and Drawings from the Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Collaboration Patsy Norvell and Robert Zakanitch, Sidney Janis Gallery, NYC and travelled to Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FLA
1981 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum, New York, NY
1980 Open 80, 39th Biennale, US Pavillion, Vencie, Italy travelled to Kunst foreningen Museum, Copenhagen; Henie Onstad Museum, Norway; Biblioteca National, Madrid, Spain; Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal
1979 Pattern Nouvelle Peinture Americaine:, Galerie d'Art Contemporain des Musees de Nice, France travelled to Galerie Alexandra Monnett, Brussels, Belgium
1976 Ten Approaches to the Decorative, Alessandra Gallery, New York, NY
1974 Continuing Abstraction in American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1973 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The Way of Color, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 1971
The Structure of Color, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
Recent Acquisitions, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
Kolner Kunstmarkt, Cologne, Germany
1968 New Art USA-Baroque-Minimal, Modern Art Museum, Munich, Germany
1967 Whitney Annual, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC

Public Collections

  American Can Company, Greenwich, CT
American Telephone & Telegraph, New York, NY
Belagio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb, Inc. New York, NY
Frances and Sydney Lewis Foundation, Richmond, VA
Ludwig Collection, Aachen, Germany
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwauke, WI
Morton G. Neumann Family Collection, Chicago, ILL
Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Musee de Strasbourg, FRANCE
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Rothschild Bank, Zurich, Switzerland
Tremaine Collection, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Commissions

1988-07 Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, Cesar Pelli & Associates
Grand Curtain: Ziff Ballet/ Opera House; Organ Scrim: Knight’s Concert, Miami, FL
1999 Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

Selected Bibliography

2007 Arthur Danto: “The Lace Paintings,” catalogue essay, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2005 John Defazio: “Great Pleasures,” Art in America, May
1999 David Pagel: “The Curio Series,” catalogue essay, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia PA
1998 Carter Rattcliff‘: “The Politics of Ornamentation” Art in America, April
1997 Larger Than Life, catalogue, Mary Mcnaughton Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA,
1997 Hunter Drohowjosha Philip, Sunday Calendar, L.A. Times, Sept. 7 
1985 Jean Feinberg: “The Passion and Power Builds: the Ogre series of Robert Zakanitch,” Arts Magazine, October
1984 Arthur Danto: “Colossal Canvases: Big Bungalow Suite,” The Nation, March 28
1982 John Perrault: “The Cultivated Canvas,” Art in America, March
1980 Who's Who in America, Marquise Publications
1996 Carter Rattcliff, “ The fate of gesture: Jackson Pollock and post war American Art,” Farrar Straus Giroux,
1996 Irving Sandler, “Art of the Post-Modern Era," Harper Collier
1992 Marilyn Oliver Hapgood, “Wallpaper and the Arts,” Abbeyville Press
1991 Daniel Wheeler, “Art since mid-century:1945 to the present,” Vendome Press
1983 Robert Jensen and Patricia Conway, “Ornamentalism,” forward by Paul Goldberg, Crown Press
1982 Elliot Caplan, Robert R. Zakanitch, feature film premiered in NYC

Education

1954-58 Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, Newark, NJ

Teaching

2007 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
1999 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
1996 Boston Museum School, Boston, MA
1990 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, Lone Wolf, OK
1989 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, Lone Wolf, OK
1988 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, Lone Wolf, OK
1977 The Art Institute of Chicago, visiting artist program, Chicago, IL
1972-73 University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Selected Lectures and Panels

2006 Pacific Design Center Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
2005 Vassar College with Dave Hickey, Poughkeepsie, NY
2003 Pattern and Decoration, Santa Monica Museum, Santa Monica, CA
1999 Polk Museum of Art, panel with Dave Hickey and Carter Rattcliff, Lakeland, FL
Locks Gallery, interview by critic, Gerard Brown, Philadelphia, PA
1998 Ceres Gallery, panel with Paul Brach: "...in response to the Women’s Art Movement," New York, NY
Yale University, New Haven, CT
University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana, IL
University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Boston Museum School, Boston, MA
1997 Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
1996 University of Iowa Museum, interview by art historian, Arthur Danto, Iowa Falls, IA
1994 Empire State College, New York, NY
1993 University of Texas, panel with Arthur Danto, Peter Schjeldahl: "Whatever Happened to Beauty," Austin, TX
1992 University of South Florida, panel, Tampa, FL
1991 Pompidou Museum, Paris, France
Vermont Studio School, VT
1990 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, Lone Wolf, OK
1989 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, Lone Wolf, OK
1988 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, Lone Wolf, OK
1978 Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
1977 CAA, panel, Washington, DC
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1973 University California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
California Institute of the Arts, Valen
1972 CAA, panel, Los Angeles, CA
1971 Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA