Internationally acclaimed for paintings, collages, and prints that draw inspiration from sources as diverse as twentieth-century modernism, the geometry of Cubism and Minimalism, nineteenth-century English botanical illustrations, and the floral and geometic forms of traditional Indian and Egyptian art, Dan Rizzie is an artist with a seemingly endless capacity to absorb visual information and transform it into a unique iconography of the natural world. Since the mid-1970s, he has had some ninety solo exhibitions and has been included in over one hundred group exhibitions. Rizzie’s work is in the permanent collections of leading art museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Parrish Art Museum, and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Dan Rizzie is the first monograph on this major American artist. It presents a hundred works to showcase an artistic career trajectory that has been both broad-ranging and consistent over four decades. Jane Livingston sets Rizzie’s work in context with an introduction that traces his artistic influences and production from his formative years in Egypt, Jordan, Jamaica, India, and Texas to his mature work created in New York. An extensive interview between Rizzie and editor Terrie Sultan further explores his artistic journey and creative philosophy, while Mark Smith highlights Rizzie’s development and importance as a printmaker. Praising Rizzie’s achievements across painting, collage, and printmaking, as well as the innovative ways in which he often blends these media, Smith proclaims that Rizzie’s art “is ‘decorative’ in the very best way, in that it possesses a timeless beauty. And it is, above all, authentically his own.”
Introduction. Dan Rizzie: Building and Repairing (Jane Livingston)
My Train of Thought Makes Many Stops: Interview with Dan Rizzie (Terrie Sultan)
A Singular Modernist: Dan Rizzie as Printmaker (Mark Smith)
List of Plates
An East Coast artist with Texas roots, Dan Rizzie has works in many prominent private and museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York Public Library, Cleveland Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York.
Terrie Sultan is Director of the Parrish Art Museum. Her many publications include Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration and James Surls: The Splendora Years, 1977–1997.
Jane Livingston is an independent curator and author whose many books include The New York School: Photographs, 1936–1963 and The Art of Richard Diebenkorn.
A consultant who provides visual arts services to a national clientele, Mark Smith cofounded Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas, a prestigious collaborative printmaking workshop where he worked extensively with Dan Rizzie.