Zanne Hochberg, a Texas Abstract-Expressionist renegade, you could say is partially responsible for Ted Casablanca Gallery.
Born in Rochester, New York, Zanne studied art in Florida and New York during the height of Abstract Expressionism’s male-dominated reinvention of the art world. Out of that movement, which was largely about breaking down predictable barriers such as structure and form, Zanne did two things she probably wasn’t supposed to: moved to Texas and made her paintings more fluid and accessible than many of her more rigid male counterparts. SHE literally helped bring the Modernist movement west, as well as break further boundaries by introducing more figurative works and portraits, many of which are delightfully poignant, sometimes hauntingly beautiful.
She was Ted Casablanca’s neighbor in Texas, where he grew up, and along with Ted’s mother, AAW Bibby, was the most influential artist in his early life. Her heralded works are in the Dallas Museum of Art, the University of Texas and the Austin Museum of Art, among many other choice collections. She died in 2001 and is the only non-living artist in the Ted Casablanca Gallery.