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Norman Zammitt

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About

Norman Zammitt was an American artist from Canadian origin living and working in Los Angeles. 

Norman Zammitt was a lead figure in the Light & Space movement considered as the most important one in Los Angeles. His works, especially his « three dimensional » sculptures, were pioneers in the United States. This innovative concept, which explored color and transparency, inspired a whole generation of artists including Dewain Valentine or Peter Alexander, and earned him the Guggenheim Prize in 1968. Artworks from his Band Painting series were, in turn, aligned with those of the American minimalist artists, Ellsworth Kelly and Frank Stella, or the German abstract painter Josef Albers, due to their repetition and exploration into color itself, its nature and its spirituality. Norman Zammitt has been collected by impressive institutions such as the Lacma and the Moma to name but a few.

Artworks

Series

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The Band Paintings Series
1974 - 1988
 

Band Painting is the emblematic series by Norman Zammitt. The precision and preference of this unclassifiable artist for smooth supports create a parallel with minimalist american artists. Even though these works may suggest landscapes, they especially reflect his ability to capture light. His affinity with  scientists allows him to transform his abstract work into mathematical language. He creates logarithms and curves in order to accurately trace the bandwidth and progression of color, not only for aesthetic precision, but also for emotional effect, spiritual and singular. He also discovered that the parabolic graphs created to calculate the exact progression of color gradation follow the same curve as the growth rate of living organisms.

Collections

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Victoria And Albert Museum

Acquired in 2008


Untitled, 1989
Acrylic on canvasboard
25 x 20 cm
Unique

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PUBLIC COLLECTIONS :

AMON CARTER MUSEUM, FORTH WORTH
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM, WASHINGTON
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, WASHINGTON
LONG BEACH MUSEUM, LONG BEACH
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, SAN DIEGO
MOMA, NEW YORK
MOMA, SAN FRANCISCO
NATIONAL GALLERY, WASHINGTON
NORA ECCLES HARRISON MUSEUM, LOGAN
NORTON SIMON MUSEUM, PASADENA
PALM SPRINGS MUSEUM, PALM SPRINGS
ROWLAND INSTITUTE FOR SCIENCE, CAMBRIDGE
SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM, SANTA BARBARA
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, SEATTLE
STANFORD UNIVERSITY, STANFORD
VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS :

EDWIN LAND, SCIENTIST
ELIZABETH FORSYTHE HAILEY, JOURNALIST
HELEN AND PETER BING, NURSE AND DOCTOR
JOHN KLUGE, BUSINESSMAN
MARILYN AND WILLIAM LASAROW, ARTIST AND JUDGE
MAURICE TUCHMAN, CURATOR
NORMAN LEAR, PRODUCER
RICHARD FEYNMAN, PHYSICIST
RUTH AND RICHARD ROGERS, ENTREPRENEUR AND ARCHITECT
TRUMAN CAPOTE, WRITER

ART AWARDS :

2000         LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL DECLARATION, NORMAN ZAMMITT DAY, 16 SEPTEMBER
2000         LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL COMMENDATION, 15 SEPTEMBER
1991         POLLOCK KRASNER FOUNDATION, GRANT
1968         GUGGENHEIM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION, FELLOWSHIP 
1967         TAMARIND LITHOGRAPHY WORKSHOP, FELLOWSHIP 

EDUCATION :

1957         ARTS DEGREE, PASADENA CITY COLLEGE, PASADENA
1961         MASTER DEGREE, OTIS ART INSTITUTE, LOS ANGELES

SOLO SHOWS :

2019         NORMAN ZAMMITT, ANDREW RAFACZ, CHICAGO
2014         NORMAN ZAMMITT, ANDREW RAFACZ, CHICAGO
2012         NORMAN ZAMMITT, CARTER AND CITIZEN, LOS ANGELES
2011         NORMAN ZAMMITT, NEWSPACE, LOS ANGELES
2011         NORMAN ZAMMITT, MICHEL LORD GALLERY, PALM SPRINGS
2000         NORMAN ZAMMITT, ELYSIUM STUDIO 13, LOS ANGELES
1998         NORMAN ZAMMITT, ELYSIUM STUDIO 13, LOS ANGELES
1995         NORMAN ZAMMITT, ELYSIUM STUDIO 13, LOS ANGELES
1988         NORMAN ZAMMITT, LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY, RIVERSIDE
1988         NORMAN ZAMMITT, PASADENA CITY COLLEGE, PASADENA
1984         NORMAN ZAMMITT, ACE GALLERY, LOS ANGELES
1978         NORMAN ZAMMITT, CORCORAN GALLERY, WASHINGTON
1977         NORMAN ZAMMITT, LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES
1969         NORMAN ZAMMITT, ALAN LANDAU GALLERY, NEW YORK
1969         NORMAN ZAMMITT, FELIX LANDAU GALLERY, LOS ANGELES
1968         NORMAN ZAMMITT, SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM, SANTA BARBARA
1966         NORMAN ZAMMITT, FELIX LANDAU GALLERY, LOS ANGELES
1962         NORMAN ZAMMITT, FELIX LANDAU GALLERY, LOS ANGELES

GROUP SHOWS :

2023         HADI TABATABAI AND NORMAN ZAMMITT, PLACE VAUBAN, PARIS
2017         MADE IN CALIFORNIA, NATIONAL GALLERY, WASHINGTON
2017         BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, ART OF CALIFORNIA, MOMA, SAN FRANCISCO
2016         LIGHT AND SPACE, SEATTLE MUSEUM OF ART, SEATTLE
2016         JEREMY GILBERT ROLFE AND LOS ANGELES ABSTRACTION, LOUIS STERN, WEST HOLLYWOOD
2015         IS THIS THAT, GREEN EXHIBITIONS, LOS ANGELES
2013         ABSTRACTION, SIXTIES TO TODAY, HEATHER JAMES GALLERY, PALM DESERT
2013         MADE IN THE USA, PALM SPRING ART MUSEUM, PALM SPRING
2011         PURE LIGHT AND SPACE, PAINTING AND SCULPTURE FROM THE 70S, NEWSPACE GALLERY, LOS ANGELES
2011         CROSSCURRENTS IN LOS ANGELES OF THE 50S AND 70S, GETTY MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES
2011         PROOF, THE RISE OF PRINTMAKING IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, NORTON SIMON MUSEUM, PASADENA
2011         SUB POP, CARDWELL JIMMERSON, CULVER CITY
2011         DARK MIRROR, CARDWELL JIMMERSON, CULVER CITY
2011         SOL CAL, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PAINTING, DAVID RICHARD CONTEMPORARY, SANTA FE
2009         EXCEPTIONALLY GIFTED, RECENT DONATIONS, THE NORTON SIMON MUSEUM, PASEDANA
2007         SOL CAL, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ART OF THE 60S AND 70S, LACMA, LOS ANGELES
2006         TRANSLUCENCE, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ART OF THE 60S AND 70S, NORTON SIMON, PASADENA
2006         ALL IN THE FAMILY, GEORGE BILLIS GALLERY, LOS ANGELES
2006         OTIS, NINE DECADES OF LOS ANGELES ART, LOS ANGELES 
2004         HEROES AND HEROINES, WORKING ARTISTS OVER 70, ORANGE COUNTY CENTER, SANTA ANA
2000         FROM PARIS TO PASADENA, AN OVERVIEW OF COLOR LITHOGRAPHY, NORTON SIMON, PASADENA
1999         ART FROM STONE, PRINTS FROM THE TAMARIND LITHO WORKSHOP, NORTON SIMON, PASADENA
1999         TAMARIND COLLECTION, PALM SPRINGS DESERT MUSEUM, PALM SPRINGS
1998         COLLECTIVE EXHIBITION, PALM SPRINGS DESERT MUSEUM, PALM SPRINGS
1988         CONTEMPORARY COLLECTION, LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES
1987         ART IN LOS ANGELES, PROFOUND VISIONS, ACE GALLERY, LOS ANGELES
1987         THE SPIRITUAL IN ART, ABSTRACT PAINTING, LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES
1986         INAUGURAL EXHIBITION, ROBERT ORVILLE ANDERSON BUILDING, GEMEENTEMUSEUM, THE HAGUE
1986         A CALIFORNIA COLLECTION, CIRRUS GALLERY, LOS ANGELES
1986         CONTRASTS, LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES
1985         NEW ACQUISITIONS, LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES
1984         FOCUS ON CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES
1981         DECADE: LOS ANGELES PAINTING IN THE 70S, ART CENTER, PASADENA
1979         FOCUS ON CALIFORNIA ARTISTS, THE CORCORAN GALLERY, WASHINGTON
1970         A PLASTIC PRESENCE, SFMOMA, SAN FRANCISCO
1970         A PLASTIC PRESENCE, MILWAUKEE ART CENTER, MILWAUKEE
1969         A PLASTIC PRESENCE, JEWISH MUSEUM, NEW YORK
1967         PLASTICS WEST COAST, HANSEN GALLERY, SAN FRANCISCO
1967         AMERICAN SCULPTURE OF THE 60S, LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES
1967         AMERICAN SCULPTURE OF THE 60S, PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM, PHILADELPHIA
1967         NEW ACQUISITIONS, MOMA, NEW YORK 
1965         YOUNG WEST COAST ARTISTS, MOMA, NEW YORK

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