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Guillaume Apollonaire in his friend Picasso's studio, 1910.

365 Days of Art: September 7 – Apollinaire is Arrested for Theft of Mona Lisa

September 11, 2014

September 7, 1911 Seventeen days after the Mona Lisa is stolen without anyone noticing, police arrest the poet Guillaume Apollinaire. As a critic and surrealist, he’s suggested in the past that the Louvre should be burned down, and he rooms with someone who’s been stealing antiquities. He’s held for five days, during which time he […]

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Elizabeth Murray, Bop, 2002-2003

365 Days of Art: September 6 – Elizabeth Murray is Born

September 11, 2014

September 6, 1940 Painter Elizabeth Murray is born. She’s known for pioneering shaped canvases which ask the question: am I a painting or an object? They’re fun, abstract paintings that are made of cartoon-like shapes and symbols, and she died too soon.

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Claes Oldenburg, Shuttlecocks

365 Days of Art: September 5 – Monet Paints Wife on Deathbed, Oldenburg Protests Police Brutality

September 7, 2014

September 5, 1879 Monet’s wife Camille dies of cancer at age 32, and he paints a portrait of her on her deathbed. While Monet’s portrait and correspondence seem to show real feeling over her death, he doesn’t treat Camille very well while she’s alive. She gives birth to their first child alone and penniless, with […]

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Rembrandt van Rijn, Landscape with Cottages, 1654

365 Days of Art: September 4 – Thieves Steal 13 Paintings in Montreal

September 7, 2014

September 4, 1972 Thieves steal 18 paintings from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It is the largest art theft in North America until the Boston Museum of Fine Arts robbery almost 20 years later. They enter through the skylight, tie up the guards and steal a rare Rembrandt landscape (he usually paints portraits), two […]

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Barnett Newman, Gea, 1944-45

365 Days of Art: September 3 – Barnett Newman Protests Police Brutality

September 7, 2014

September 3, 1968 Protesting police brutality in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention, painter Barnett Newman demands that his painting be removed from an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. America is stunned in front of their televisions, watching cops in riot gear executing “Gestapo tactics on the streets of Chicago”, as Senator Abraham […]

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Romare Bearden, Train Whistle Blues II, 1964

365 Days of Art: September 2 – Romare Bearden is Born

September 3, 2014

September 2, 1911 Romare Bearden is born. He’s one of my favorite artists for the way he creates collages with rearranged cutouts from magazine photos. He begins his art career as an abstract painter but finds that his storytelling peters out in this medium. He casts around for a new way of communicating and hits […]

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Fermentation, Amy Cutler, 2011

365 Days of Art: September 1 – Amy Cutler Show Opens in Sweden

September 1, 2014

September 1, 2011 A solo show of new works by Amy Cutler, one of my favorite artists, opens at Galleri Magnus Karlsson in Stockholm. Her very mysterious, yet funny, paintings often feature groups of women engaged in group activities that simultaneously bring them together, yet show the rifts and competition in their dynamic. There is […]

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Works Progress Administration poster from 1936

365 Days of Art: August 29 – The Federal Art Project of the WPA is Created

August 29, 2014

August 29, 1935 The Federal Art Project (FAP) is established as part of the Works Progress Administration and FDR’s New Deal. Like all WPA programs, its goal is to create jobs. Most of the jobs involved creating public art for government buildings like schools, libraries, airports and the like. One of the great features is […]

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Edward Burne-Jones, The Beguiling of Merlin, 1872-1877

365 Days of Art: August 28 – Edward Burne-Jones is Born

August 29, 2014

August 28, 1833 Edward Burne-Jones, a painter and designer with the Pre-Raphaelite Movement and the Arts and Crafts Movement, is born. He works in many media, including glass and tile, rendering exquisite detail. In his words: I mean by a picture a beautiful, romantic dream of something that never was, never will be – in […]

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Edvard Munch, The Scream, 1883

365 Days of Art: August 27 – Michelangelo Takes 1st Commission, Krakatoa Colors Sky for The Scream, and Guernica is Displayed for 1st Time in US

August 27, 2014

Another big day in the history of art! August 27, 1498 At age 25, Michelangelo receives his first big commission: a statue of Mary and Jesus for a cardinal. He selects the Carrera marble himself from the quarry and carves the statue from that single piece of stone. The 450 ducats he’s paid make him […]

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party

365 Days of Art: August 26 – Renoir Is Drafted Into the Army

August 26, 2014

August 26, 1870 Pierre-Auguste Renoir is drafted into the 10th Cavalry Regiment of the French Army. Several other of his Impressionist peers, including Monet, also serve in the Army because they are too poor to buy themselves an exemption. In fact, Monet credits his time in the Army looking at different landscapes as invaluable training […]

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August 19-Duomo

365 Days of Art: August 19 – Art Competition to Design Duomo is Announced

August 19, 2014

August 19, 1418 An art competition is announced in Florence to design a dome over the unfinished cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The reason it has been incomplete for 140 years, since 1296, is because current technology (centering and buttressing) can’t yet bridge a span that large without collapsing. This is an ingenious problem, […]

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Raphael, Pope Julius II, 1511-1512

365 Days of Art: August 18 – Pope Falls Ill; Michelangelo Fears Sistine Ceiling Won’t Be Finished

August 18, 2014

August 18, 1511 Michelangelo, halfway through painting the Sistine ceiling, fears for the future of his project when Pope Julius II, at age 67, comes down with a severe fever. It’s severe enough at his age that everyone assumes he’ll die. In an unstable time, with enemies circling, his strong personality and sheer force of […]

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Larry Rivers, Washington Crossing the Delaware, 1953

365 Days of Art: August 17 – Larry Rivers is Born

August 17, 2014

August 17, 1923 Painter Larry Rivers is born. He’s nothing if not colorful. He hangs out at the famous Cedar bar with the Abstract Expressionists. His love life is unconventional and prolific: he has an affair with Frank O’Hara, and marries several times. He raises his ex-wife’s sons and lives with his former mother-in-law, who […]

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365 Days of Art: August 16 – Michelangelo Signs Contract to Work on David

August 16, 2014

August 16, 1501 Michelangelo signs a contract with the Office of Works of Florence Cathedral to sculpt his famous David. The road to get to this point has been a long one, though. About 100 years earlier, the same Office decides to commission twelve sculptures to serve as buttresses for Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral. […]

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