Posts Tagged ‘artists’

Pablo Picasso, Man in the Opera Hat, 1914

365 Days of Art: December 17 – Man Buys Raffle Ticket; Wins a Picasso!

December 18, 2014

December 17, 2013 A 25-year old man wins a Picasso after buying a $140 raffle ticket. Jeffrey Gonano, who works for his family’s fire sprinkler business, says he’s considering loaning the piece to a museum so that it can be enjoyed by the public. He sounds like a nice, down-to-earth guy, saying that entering the […]

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365 Days of Art: December 16 – Agnes Martin Dies

December 17, 2014

December 16, 2004 Agnes Martin, abstract painter and tough old bird, dies at age 92.

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Roger Fry, by Roger Fry, 1930-1934

365 Days of Art: December 14 – Roger Fry is Born

December 15, 2014

December 14, 1866 Roger Fry, British artist and art critic, is born. He holds many roles in his lifetime, including writer, painter, member of London’s Bloomsbury group, expert on Italian Old Master paintings, inventor of the term “post-Impressionists”, and Curator of Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Winslow Homer, Old Mill (The Morning Bell), 1871

365 Days of Art: December 13 – Winslow Homer is Published

December 13, 2014

December 13, 1873 Harper’s Weekly publishes Old Mill (The Morning Bell) by Winslow Homer.

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Artists Ann Arien and Lucy Lippard protest outside the Whitney Museum, 1970

365 Days of Art: December 12 – Artists Protest Whitney to Demand More Female Inclusion, Cornell Hosts a Party

December 12, 2014

December 12, 1970 Artists with police whistles protest at the opening of the Whitney Annual because of the few women the Whitney historically exhibits. Faith Ringgold recalls: In the fall of 1970 Poppy Johnson, Lucy Lippard and I, formed an ad hock [sic] women’s group to protest the small percentage of women in all past […]

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Willem de Kooning, Door to the River, 1960

365 Days of Art: December 9 – De Kooning Gets in Barfight

December 9, 2014

December 9, 1960 Willem de Kooning, drunk at the Cedar Tavern, punches an Air France engineer in the teeth and is subsequently sued for $100,000.

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Frida and Diego sign the register in San Francisco, December 8, 1940.

365 Days of Art: December 8 – Frida and Diego Try Marriage Again

December 8, 2014

December 8, 1940 After being divorced for a little more than a year, Frida and Diego marry for the second time, at the courthouse in San Francisco. He goes to work later that day, on the murals on Treasure Island. When he takes off his shirt, his assistants and the public spectators who are there […]

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Filippo Brunelleschi, plans for lifting construction materials for Duomo, c. 1418

365 Days of Art: December 7 – Judges Consider Brunelleschi’s Proposal for Duomo

December 7, 2014

December 7, 1418 Judges consider the model that Brunelleschi submits for the competition to build a Duomo for Florence’s cathedral. His proposal includes not only building techniques to make such a large structure possible (a self-supporting shell with a rib structure, and using brick laid in rotating herringone patterns) but also the use of machines […]

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Helen Ernst, Women of Ravensbruck

365 Days of Art: December 6 – Gestapo Arrest Poster Artist Helen Ernst

December 7, 2014

December 6, 1940 The Gestapo arrest the resistance fighter and poster artist Helen Ernst and bring her to Ravensbruck, the concentration camp for women.

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Dieter Roth, Literaturwurst (Literature Sausage), 1969, Ground pages of Halbzeit by Martin Walser, gelatin, lard, spices, in natural casing

365 Days of Art: December 5 – Dieter Roth Receives Award for Artist Books

December 5, 2014

December 5, 1960 Dieter Roth is awarded the William and Noma Copley Foundation Award for his artist books. He’s credited as the inventor of this genre, where the book isn’t meant to be read in the way we might read a paperback novel, but to be appreciated as a work of art. For Roth, books […]

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Winslow Homer, Rest, 1885

365 Days of Art: December 4 – Homer Travels to Nassau with Father

December 5, 2014

December 4, 1884 After receiving a commission from Century Magazine to illustrate an article about Nassau, Winslow Homer travels there with his father to execute it. I love Homer, and his work from this period is especially vibrant.

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365 Days of Art: December 3 – MoMA Rehangs Matisse, Right-Side-Up

December 3, 2014

December 3, 1961 The Museum of Modern Art finally realizes their mistake in hanging Henri Matisse’s Le Bateau upside-down, and straightens the picture after six weeks. It takes a stockbroker/art lover that long to convince MoMA; they finally act on one of her letters.

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365 Days of Art: December 2 – MoMA Writes Back to Cornell

December 2, 2014

December 2, 1938 Miss Iris Barry of MoMA replies to Joseph Cornell’s letter of November 3: Dear Mr. Cornell: I am sorry to have kept you so long for an answer about the three films you so kindly let us examine. We should like to acquire THE PAPER DOLL (Paper White) and the untitled Eclair […]

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365 Days of Art: November 30 – National Portrait Gallery Censors AIDS Film

November 30, 2014

November 30, 2010 The National Portrait Gallery removes a film from the first-ever gay portraiture exhibition, Hide/Seek, after receiving complaints from a Catholic organization and members of Congress. The video, created by David Wojnarowicz, features footage of ants crawling on a crucifix, and is made in the heyday of the AIDS epidemic. It is a […]

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Frederic Bazille, Portrait of Renoir, 1867

November 28 – Bazille Killed on Battlefield

November 30, 2014

November 28, 1870 Impressionist painter Frédéric Bazille dies on the battlefield during the Franco-Prussian War. He is fighting with the Zouaves, a light infantry regiment, and has been frustrated at the lack of action. Today, in a minor battle, his officer is injured and Bazille takes command. He leads an assault on the Prussians, is […]

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