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"Nature as both inspiration and eclipser of culture is a persistent theme in my work."
- Margaret Lanzetta

Artists We Love: Margaret Lanzetta

Margaret Lanzetta

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Born
1957
Works In
Long Island City, New York
Themes & Inspiration
Nature, industry, pattern, Buddhism, Islamic architecture, 1960s Pop Art
Techniques & Media
Painting, Silkscreen
Influences
Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, Wolfgang Laib
Featured
The Museum of Modern Art

New York-based artist Margaret Lanzetta’s intricate paintings are characterized by contrasting elements inspired and adapted from her many travels. Natural botanical silhouettes, architectural forms, and saturated color act as cultural and historical references to India, Syria, Morocco, Italy, and the American West. With varying mediums from silkscreen, digital technology, oil paint, and enamel to acrylic, Margaret imprints her visual associations onto wooden or canvas surfaces by employing rubbing and stamping techniques referencing both mechanical reproduction and artistic traditions of the past. Paralleling Warhol’s forays into seriality, patterns migrate, collide, and reappear from painting to painting. Intense hues of color chosen for their spiritual significance or universal acknowledgement within the industrial world meld with geometric contours and single-motifs in a seemingly insistent repetition to create a new vocabulary. Inherent to Margaret’s practice, repetition is used as a pervasive theme to explore larger issues of language, spirituality, and cultural migration. As each of her multi-layered paintings is created to be one part of a collective series, the viewer is granted a concentrated and unique visual experience.

Margaret Lanzetta studied at Tyler School of Art (Italy), the Skowhegan School (Maine), and received her MFA in Painting from the School of Visual Arts (New York). Margaret’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at Allegra La Viola Gallery (New York), Kenise Barnes Gallery (New York), The Drawing Center (New York), APT Gallery (London), and Weatherspoon Art Museum (North Carolina). She has been honored in receiving an Arts For Transit Public Commission for the New York City subway system, a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, two Fulbright Senior Research Fellowships (Germany, India, and Syria), and several MacDowell Colony Fellowships. Margaret’s sculptures and paintings are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Fogg Museum, The New York Public Library, and Yale University Art Gallery.

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Double Speak (Myths In Translation)

Double Speak (Myths In Translation)

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Everyday Vernacular (Myths In Translation)

Everyday Vernacular (Myths In Translation)

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Broken Syntax (Myths In Translation)

Broken Syntax (Myths In Translation)

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