Anait Stephens

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Anait (Anait Arutunoff Stephens) was born in Berlin, Germany in 1922. On August 21, 1998, Anaït lost her battle against cancer in Santa Barbara, California, USA, in 1998.

1954 Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico, with Orozco Romero. 1958 Mexico City College, Mexico, with Toby Joysmith. 1964 University of California at Los Angeles, USA, with Dewain Valentine. 1971 School of Holography, San Francisco, California, USA, with Lloyd Cross. 1980 Museum of Holography, New York, USA, Artist-in-Residence.

Professional Activities

Lectures (selected)

1974 Studio lectures, Artist’s studio, Los Angeles, California, USA. 1977 Electro-Optics Seminar, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California, USA. 1978 Third Conference On Holography, USSR (the only woman and artist in attendance). Museum of Holography, New York, USA. 1980 Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, USA. 1983 Studio lectures, Artist’s studio, New York, USA. 1986 The Royal Photographic Society Holography Group, London, UK. 1990 Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois, USA. 1991 Durand Art Institute, Lake Forest, Illinois, USA. 1992 Visiting tutor, Royal College of Art, London, UK.


Catalogues (selected)

1976 Through the Looking Glass, Museum of Holography, New York, USA. 1977 Theme and Variation, National Academy of Science, Association of Science – Technology Center, Washington, DC, USA. 1978 Alice in the Light World, Isetani Museum, Tokyo, Japan. 1979 ANAIT Retrospective 1966-1979, Museum Of Holography, New York, USA. 1983 Light Dimensions, Octagon, Bath, UK. 1984 Licht-Blicke, Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt/Main, Germany. 1987 Light Dreams, Kalamazoo Art Institute, Michigan, USA. 1991 Fiat Lux! Holografia, Asturias, Spain. 1991 Fourth International Exhibiton of Display Holography, Durand Art Institute, Lake Forest, Illinois, USA.


1973 Blasco-Ibanez, “Down to the Sea in Sculpture”, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner Sunday Magazine, California Living. 1974 Melinda Wortz, “Los Angeles: Anait at Gallery 707”, Arts Magazine. 1978 Lincoln F. Johnson, “Defining, Evaluating Holography”, The Baltimore Sun. Anait, “My Art in the Domain of Reflection Holography” Leonardo Journal, Vol. 11 pp. 306-7. “A Letter to Leonardo”, Leonardo Journal, Vol. 11, pp. 351. 1979 William Wilson, Review, A-B Gallery, Los Angeles Times. 1980 James Wood, “Painterly Holography”, Artweek. 1981 Ricky Horton, “Anait: Holography as Art”, New York Arts Journal. 1987 Joan Crowder, Santa Barbara, News Press.


1972 Opened “Gallery 707”, Los Angeles. First gallery for women artists in LA. 1976 First solo art exhibit in the world in reflection holography: “Theme and Variation”. 1986 Listed in “Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon” (International Art Encyclopedia).