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Michele Zalopany
Buddha: Large scale minimalist Indian black and white zen cliff landscape

1988

About the Item

This large scale minimalist black and white zen cliff landscape features Buddhas with mudra hands in India. Deities in the lotus yoga position with floral and plant patterns and designs carved into the stone and rock form the background. A figure in black marvels at the serene figures of two giant Buddha figures carved into the side of a cliff. To the left, a seated Buddha sits in front of curvilinear designs and repeated figures sitting crosslegged in a lotus pose. To the right of the larger figure is another figure, draped in robes, with a hand up -- a Buddhist gesture of teaching or reassurance. Two caves dot the surface of the cliff, the edge of which is defined by sheer washes and fine lines. The transparency of the taupe ink mimics sandstone, while black shading provides delicate detail. Image 90 x 82 / 35.5 x 32.5 Paper 110 x 98 cm / 43 x 39 in. Lithograph on white mould-made paper. Edition 27: this impression 25/27. Signed by the artist, numbered 25/27, and dated 1988 lower right in pencil. Born in 1955 in Detroit Michigan, Michele Zalopany is a contemporary American artist best known for her large-scale watercolor and pastel paintings based on photographs found in digital picture collections, old books, and flea markets, etc. Found photographs and film screen shots that had originally served other purposes -- family snapshots, police photos, real estate, travel documentation -- when rendered, directly from the image, with traditional art materials, take on additional meanings, such as socio-psychological-political content. She exhibited in the 1989 Whitney Biennial and her work is included in more than 25 institutions including the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Yokohama Museum, Japan; Royal College of Art, London.
  • Creator:
    Michele Zalopany (1955, American)
  • Creation Year:
    1988
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 43 in (109.22 cm)Width: 39 in (99.06 cm)
  • Medium:
  • Movement & Style:
  • Period:
  • Condition:
    This lithograph is not previously owned and has been stored in the archives of the publisher since its publication.
  • Gallery Location:
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU121124916312
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