Much of Zolita Sverdlove's work is concerned with nature's unbridled grandeur: raw nature and the primeval landscape. Her goal is to create a new vision of old subjects in contemporary terms. Oceans, mountains, flowers, trees and sunsets may seem corny, but they convey nostaglia, associations and sentiment to people. By recreating nature with a modern approach, an emotional connection is made to the viewer while at the same time, the work is artistically creative. The challenge is to make a new statement about the familiar. Her landscapes are based on two contrasting thematic ideas which create tension in the work: 1. Sensuous, sumptuous and baroque light and color formations which are applied with Fauvist color and spontaneous brushwork. 2. Dark, brooding, starkly forbidden landscape elements with cubist planes of space intersecting to create an architectonic space. This reduces the plastic space to its skeletal essentials. Zolita Sverdlove's California landscapes create the enigma of these opposing forces. Sometimes the landscape appears sensuous and lucious; other times it is creepy and foreboding, and almost threatening. Thus, in a sense, her work deals with the light and dark sides of nature.
Biography: ZOLITA SVERDLOVE 1445 INDIANA AVE. SO. PASADENA, CA. 91030 TEL. 323-254-3389 (STUDIO) website: www.love-art.com e-mail: ZSverdlove@aol.com Born: New York City Education: o Cooper Union Art School, N.Y.C. 1953-56 Certificate (teachers: Neil Welliver, Karl Schrag, Morris Kantor, Will Barnet) o Diebenkorn Oil Painting workshop at San Francisco Art Institute: 1960 o Various Art History Courses at So. Methodist University, Dallas, Texas = 1970-74 o B.F.A., Cooper Union Art School External Degree Program 1977 Juried Shows (selection): Over 100 juried shows since 1959, including 22nd San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Annual (catalog), Oakland Art Museum Art Festival, Pennsylvania Academy Biennial, de Young Museum, San Francisco Western Artists Annual (catalog), Silvermine Guild of Artists Annual, Marymount College (award), Arkansas Arts Center Annual (catalog), Purdue University (prize won, juried by Wayne Theibaud), Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (catalog), Second Annual for Prints and Drawings at Davidson College, No. Carolina, juried by Clement Greenberg, Southwestern Print and Drawing Show at Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (purchase prize won) juried by Elke Summers, curator of Whitney Museum, 60th Annual of Philadelphia Print Club, juried by Barry Miller, Brooklyn Museum, Boston Printmakers at Fitchberg Museum, Pacific Prints: Hawaii-L.A. Exchange Show; Women Artists: works on paper at Los Angeles Printmaking Society Lankershim Arts Center space, juried by Josine-Ianco-Starrels - catalog and first prize; Ink and Clay 2001 juried by M. Koplin, Koplin Gallery; Plein-Aire, juried by Nancy Moure, author of "The Plein-Aire Movement," 2000 LAPS Membership Show at Brand Library, 2000 LAPS Show at Valley College, L. A., and 2001 Satellite Show at Occidental College for LAPS 16th Biennial National Show Invitational Shows (Approximately 100) Selected listing: o 1964 Biennale of Federation International, Vichy, France o 1964 Annual Flower Painting Show at Oakland Museum, selected by Paul Mills o 1968 Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, N.Y. Christmas Invitational o 1972 8th Grand Prix de Peinture de la Cote d’Azur, Cannes, France o 1972 First Texas Invitational at Dallas Museum of Fine Arts o 1974 Beaumont Museum Invitational (catalog) o 1983 Korean Exchange show at Scope Gallery, Los Angeles and Seoul, Korea (catalog) o 1986 Forty-Eight Prints at Educational Testing Services, Princeton, NJ o 1987 Forty Prints from Philadelphia Print Club at Hazelton, PA Art Center o 1988 Twenty-Six Prints from LAPS at the Jerusalem Theater Gallery o 1989 Women Printmakers at Davis Gallery, Stephens College, Columbia, MI o 1989 LAPS at Janet Turner Gallery, Chico State, Chico, CA o 1990 Print Survey at Baylor University, Ft. Worth, TX o 1997 American Print Survey at Highland Comm. College, Kansas and Univ. of Texas at Dallas o 1998 Landscape of the Mind at Mt.San Jacinto College Gallery, curated by L. Luvass, Director o 1998 Landscapes at Dallas Museum of Fine Arts: exhibit and art auction (catalog) o 2001 Post Card Exchange 2001 Millennium Show at Los Angeles County Museum Featured Exhibitions (Selected): o 1959 Milvia Gallery, Berkeley, CA o 1962 Gallery House, Menlo Park, CA, Two person show o 1964 Oakland Jewish Community Center, Oakland, CA. (1 person) o 1966 Prints Gallery, Berkeley, CA (1 person) o 1966 Arthur Houghton Gallery of the Cooper Union Art School, N.Y.C. (1 person show) o 1967 Iona Institute for the Arts, New Rochelle, N.Y. (1 person show) o 1968 Avanti Gallery, New York City (1 person show) o 1969-71-73 University of Texas at Dallas (1 person show) o 1976 Allan Stone Gallery, New York City "New Talent Group Show" o 1977 Owens-Corning Collection at Toledo Museum, Ohio (catalog) group show Featured Exhibitions (Selected) - continued o 1977 Macy Gallery, Dallas, TX (1 person show) o 1978 Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston, Texas (1 person show) o 1978 Dallas Collects: 75 Years at Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (group show) o 1979 Longview Museum of Art, Longview, Texas (1 person show) o 1982 Brand Library and Art Gallery, Glendale, CA (main gallery-1 person) * 1982 Fair Oaks Gallery, San Marino, CA (1 person show) o 1982 Unique Prints, Occidental College, L. A. (4 person show) o 1986 Expose VIII at Los Angeles County Museum of Art Rental Gallery (group show) o 1987 Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX selected monotypes o 1990 Contemporary Images, Sherman Oaks, CA , 6 person show: "One of a Kind", Sept-Oct, 1990 o 1990-97 Group shows at Orlando Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA, o 1991 Pasadena Art Alliance Community Gallery at Pasadena - 1 person show April 5 to June 12, 1991 o 1991 L. A. Bridge Gallery, 2 person show, "Summer Gardens," L. A. City Hall, L. A. Cultural Affairs, 7/15-8/25, o 1991 The Art Store, Pasadena, Ca, 4 person show "Structure and Movement," Nov/Dec 1991 o 1992-7 Seventeen 1-person shows organized by Jillian Coldiron in LA, Glendale and Beverly Hills o 1992 Group show, Gallery artists at Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX o 1992 Six Person Show, Arroyo Landscape Artists, Occidental College, L.A., CA o 1992-3 (Dec-Jan) Culture Factory, Pasadena, CA, sponsored by Light-Bringer Non-Profit Organization o 1993 Plant Interiors, 4 Person Show, Curated by Ross Anderson, director Riverside Museum o 1993 Reflective Visions: Contemporary Landscapes at 1 Colorado, Pasadena, CA (8 Person Show), sponsored by Society of Junior Fellows of the Huntington Library Art Collections o 1994 Unnatural Landscapes at Century Gallery, Sylmar (5-person) curated by Lee Musgrave (L. A. Times Review) o 1995 Moody Landscapes at Orlando Gallery, Sherman Oaks (on KPFK - The Molly Barnes Art Talk Show) o 1995 Selected Work at Burbank Media Mall Gallery: Arroyo Arts Collective (7 person show) o 1995 (Sept.) Featured Artist in Multiple Impressions at Millard Sheets Gallery Fairplex, Pomona, CA (Catalog) o 1997 April show of California Landscapes at Orlando Gallery, Los Angeles (Review: L. A. Times Apr.17) o 1997 Sept. Village Square Gallery, Montrose (2 person) L. A. Times Review, Sept 3 o 1997 Christmas Show at Village Sq. Gallery, Montrose o 1999 Eileen Kremen Gallery, Fullerton, CA o 1999 Old Town Gallery, Tustin, CA, "One of a Kind," June-July 1999 o 2000 Millenium Exhibit at Village Sq. Gallery, Montrose, CA (L. A. Times review 1-28-00) o 2000 Christmas Show at Village Square Gallery, Montrose, CA o 2001 September 6 to October 4: One-person show: "The Subject is Water" at Maturango Museum, Ridgecrest, CA, video available o 2001 September 16 to November 18: Three-Person Show, "LA: Night and Day," University of Judaism, Marjorie and Herman Platt Gallery and Borstein Gallery, Los Angeles. o 2001 October 16 to November 4: Elder Arts Celebration at Crucible Gallery, San Francisco State University. o 2001 November-December: Small Works, Village Square Gallery, Montrose, CA o 2001 November-January: Peace by Piece (Artweek Feb. 2002) Gallery Figueroa, LA o 2002 February: Kreuger Gallery, Pasadena Group Show Selected Reviews and Publications: Title Reviewer/Author Where? When? Les Artistes Estrangeres a la Premiere Biennale International de Vichy Montagne Dimanche 1964 Exposition Diverse R. Stevens La Revue Moderne 3/64 Art Review West Art 1965 Review of Cooper Union Show Village Voice 1966 Marymount Gives Yule Art Prizes New Rochelle Standard Star 12/13/67 Review of One Person Show at Avanti Gallery Park East 11/68 Review of One Person Show at Avanti Gallery Art News 11/68 Art 3 Styles Mixed in Sverdlove Show Janet Kutner Dallas Morning News 2/1/75 Drawing Biennial Corrine Cain Art News 11/75 Drawing Dominates Show Janet Kutner Dallas Morning News 11/2/75 Five catalogs of art shows under NEA grant for photo exhibits Univ. of Texas at Dallas 1976 3 Etchings reproduced (front cover; pp. 118 & 119) (Journal of Arts & Letters - U of Texas) Mundas Artium Vol.IX No.1 6/76 Macy Vies for Art Prominence Janet Kutner Dallas Morning News 9/76 Artist Sverdlove is Exploring "Abstract" Psychic Images Lorraine Haacke Dallas Times-Herald 2/77 The Arts in Dallas: Stranded in a Desert Nancy Smith Dallas Morning News 11/20/77 Review/reproduction Zolita Sverdlove Hooks-Epstein Gallery Glenn Park Artweek 11/4/78 Marks on the Earth Nancy Kapitanoff L. A. Times 4/29/94 Color Scheming Joseph Woodward L. A. Times 4/17/97 Pre-Season Show Joseph Woodward L. A. Times 7/97 Brave New Millenium Joseph Woodward L. A. Times 1/28/00 The Subject is Water (Maturango Museum) The News Review 9/5/01 Night and Day in LA (U of Judaism Gallery) Solange Borna Jewish Journal 9/14/01 Photo and short article: "Calm Before the Storm" Walt Mancini Pasadena Star-News 1/29/02 Selected Prizes: o 1963 Oakland Museum Festival at Jack London Square (3rd prize) o 1964 Federation International Feminine Artistique, Vichy, France (Honorable Mention) o 1965 International Show at Union Carbide Bldg. by Marymount College, (3rd prize) o 1969 TFAA show juried by H. Hopkins (1st prize in prints) o 1970 Purdue University Max 24" show juried by Wayne Theibaud (top purchase prize) o 1973-74 National Endowment of the Arts grant for photo shows at Univ. of Texas o 1975 Southwestern Print and Drawing Show at Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, juried by Elke Solomon, Curator of the Whitney Museum of Art (purchase prize) o 1977 Channel 8, Houston, Tx., Juried by Emily Genauer (best watercolor) o 1982 Los Angeles Printmaking Society Patron Print o 1996 First prize National Women Artists Works on Paper sponsored by L. A. Printmaking Society and L. A. Cultural Affairs, juried by Josine I. Starrels Memberships and Positions o Chairperson, Fine Arts Exhibits Committee, U. of Texas at Dallas, (NEA Grant) 1973-4 o Member, Governing Board, Los Angeles Printmaking Society 1981-83; member 1980-present o Member, Graphics Art Council, L. A. County Museum 1981-present o Member, Philadelphia Print Club 1981-1990 o Member, International Graphic Arts Society 1988-1990 Festivals and Demonstrations: o 1975 TV appearance on TODAY show with Harry Parker III, Director of Dallas Museum and Lecture at Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in relation to purchase prize won o 1982 Lecture and demo of Monoprints for Graphic Arts Council of L. A. County Museum o 1987 Monoprint demo for Docent Council of Los Angeles Co. Museum in my studio Dec. 1989 Art Walk sponsored by Graphic Arts Council April 1989 (studio tour) o 1989 Video produced for Cable TV Program "Women in Art" sponsored by W. C. A. o 1990 Los Angeles Arts Festival - Arroyo Arts Collective Art Walk o 1991 (November) 6th International Art Expo at L. A. Convention Center (catalog) o 1992 Visiting Artist - Pasadena High School o 1993 L.A. County Museum Graphic Arts Council booth New Member’s Night: Demonstration of Graphic Techniques o 1997 Discovery Tour with Arroyo Arts collective o 1997 LACMA Graphics Arts Council New Members Night Demonstration o 1998 LACMA Graphic Arts Council new members night demonstration of print techniques o 1998 San Antonio Print Fair (Valley House Gallery, Dallas) o 1999 LACMA Graphic Arts Council new members night demonstration of print techniques o 2000 Discovery Tour with Arroyo Arts collective Selected Collections o Owens-Corning Collection, Toledo Museum, Toledo, OH o Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX o Marymount College, Marymount, NY o Purdue University, Lafayette, IN o Home Federal Savings, Los Angeles, CA o Lomas and Nettelson Corp., Dallas, TX o Fluor Corporation, Irvine, CA o Holiday Inns, Corpus Christi, TX o Grand Hotel, Houston, TX o Bronson, Bronson, McKennon, Los Angeles o TBJ Financial, Los Angeles o Saban Entertainment, Los Angeles o City of Hope, Duarte, CA o Bocour Artist’s Colors o Andre Kostelanatz and Lily Pons o Hooks-Epstein Gallery o Shanidy Fenton Gallery o Ives Quartet Recent Shows: May 2002: Desert Treasures at Tang Gallery, Bisbee, AZ (catalog) May 2002: River Alchemy at Gallery 50, Los Angeles, CA June 2002: Earth Matters at Creative Art Center, Burbank, CA June 18 - August 16, 2002: "From Valleys to Vistas" California Plein Air Paintings at City of Brea Gallery
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