New York

Robert Zakanitch

Robert Miller Gallery

Robert Zakanitch makes very enticing paintings of flower and plant patterns in pale colors. His designs, if not actually taken from old chintz or wallpaper patterns, look as though they might have been. Usually he makes triptychs, one pattern covering the two end panels, a different one in the middle, so that this central one is emphasized by framing. The central panels also tend to have bolder, bigger patterns, and contrastier and brighter colors. Why these central panels are being emphasized, though, is not explained by their patterns. More dramatic though they might be, they contain nothing that is in any way more important, interesting or really different. As a result of this elegant but rather pointless emphasis, Zakanitch’s whole works have a sense of being tautological and vapid.

I’m afraid that theorizing about or analyzing Zakanitch’s work, or finding its meaning in the historical

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