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Robert Zakanitch, Hanging Gardens Series (Fireglow), 2011–12, gouache and colored pencil on paper, 96 x 60".

Robert Zakanitch

Nancy Hoffman Gallery

Robert Zakanitch, Hanging Gardens Series (Fireglow), 2011–12, gouache and colored pencil on paper, 96 x 60".

A founding member of the P&D (Pattern and Decoration) movement of the 1970s, Robert Zakanitch made a series called “Hanging Gardens,” 2011–, for this exhibition, producing ten paintings in gouache on paper in the same large size, eight by five feet, as well as a handful of smaller pieces. In each work, a curtain of flowers—wisteria, honeysuckle, apricot—runs from top to bottom of the paper. At the top there is always some kind of architectural structure—a frieze, a scroll, an ironwork grid—that hides the flowers a little, sometimes blotting them out, sometimes just making them fainter; and usually but not always the curtain ends just before the bottom edge, leaving a gap that creates visual depth, a hint of distance. The flowers are closely spaced in uneven rows and columns, a grid ordered according to some kind of organic rule. Their color is both delicate

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