Posts Tagged ‘artists’

365 Days of Art: November 25 – Namuth Films Pollock; Pollock Spirals Downward

November 27, 2014

November 25, 1950 Photographer Hans Namuth films Jackson Pollock painting on glass, in order to capture, from below, the particular beauty of paint falling in the “action painting” or Abstract Expressionist style, and the “dance” that Pollock executes around a painting. This day’s shooting is the culmination of a months-long project by Namuth to portray […]

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365 Days of Art: November 24 – Vincent Moves to Antwerp

November 24, 2014

November 24, 1885 Vincent van Gogh moves to Antwerp, hoping to make a living by painting portraits and views of the town.

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Andy Warhol, Campbell's Soup, 1968

365 Days of Art: November 23 – Andy Warhol Pays $50 for a Big Idea

November 23, 2014

November 23, 1961 A big idea is born and it only costs $50! Andy Warhol, in frustration at not having found his muse yet, begs his friend Muriel Latow for ideas. One day she visits him at his house at 1342 Lexington Ave in NYC, and he implores her to “Just tell me what to […]

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365 Days of Art: November 21 – Magritte is Born, Monet’s Aunt Buys Him Out of the Army

November 21, 2014

November 21, 1898 Rene Magritte is born. November 21, 1862 Monet is dishcarged 5 1/2 years early from the army, after his aunt pays the replacement fee (i.e., to hire another soldier) so he can get on with his art career.

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Salvador Dali, Illumined Pleasures, 1929

365 Days of Art: November 20 – Dalí Has First Solo Show

November 20, 2014

November 20, 1929 Salvador Dalí has his first one-man show at a gallery in Paris. The work above is included in the exhibition.

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Nicholas Poussin, Pastoral Landscape, 1650.

365 Days of Art: November 19 – Poussin Dies, Lloyd Wright Marries

November 19, 2014

November 19, 1665 Nicholas Poussin, the French Baroque painter who mostly works in Rome, dies. November 19, 1923 Architect Frank Lloyd Wright marries artist Maude Noel.

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The Whitney Museum of American Art, 1931.

365 Days of Art: November 18 – The Whitney Opens

November 18, 2014

November 18, 1931 The Whitney Museum of American Art opens on West 8th Street in New York City. It goes through a couple of iterations before becoming a museum, beginning with Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s empathy for the struggles faced by young, unknown, American artists at the turn of the century. As a sculptor herself, Whitney […]

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The scene outside Artists Space gallery, including protesters, at the opening of Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing, November 16, 1989.

365 Days of Art: November 16 – Frida Writes a Letter from US, AIDS Exhibition Opens (Under Duress) After Grant Partially Restored

November 16, 2014

November 16, 1933 Frida writes a letter to her friend Isabel Campos that she is “dreaming about my return to Mexico”: New York is very pretty and I feel better here than in Detroit, but in spite of this I am longing for Mexico…Yesterday we had snow for the first time…there will be nothing to […]

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Cy Twombly, Three Dialogues (Phaedrus), 1977. The vandalized panel was the white one.

365 Days of Art: November 15 – Homer is Published, O’Keeffe is Born, Bernstein Protests NEA, Vandal is Sentenced

November 15, 2014

November 15, 1862 Winslow Homer’s The Army of the Potomac-A Sharp-Shooter on Picket Duty a wood engraving based on a painting, is published in Harper’s Weekly. November 15, 1887 Georgia O’Keeffe is born. November 15, 1989 The composer Leonard Bernstein declines a National Medal of Arts, awarded to him by the White House, in protest […]

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365 Days of Art: November 14 – Monet is Born

November 14, 2014

November 14, 1840 Claude Monet is born. I appreciate all of his contributions to art history (dedication to working in series, careful observation of atmospheric conditions and how they change perception, working outside the establishment) and have spent quite a bit of time teaching his work. I didn’t realize what a scoundrel he is, until […]

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Louis Comfort Tiffany, Magnolia and Irises,  c. 1908.

365 Days of Art: November 13 – Tiffany Trademarks Term for His Glass, Frida Writes a Letter

November 14, 2014

November 13, 1894 Louis Comfort Tiffany trademarks the term Favrile (from the old French word for handmade). He will use this word to describe all of his glass, enamel and pottery. This piece is lovely, and is one of my favorites in the Met. November 13, 1934 Frida writes a letter to her friend Dr. […]

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Francis Bacon, Three Studies of Lucian Freud, 1969

365 Days of Art: November 12 – Art Forger Convicted, Replica of David Installed on Roof as Originally Intended, Bacon Sets Auction Record

November 14, 2014

November 12, 1947 Han van Meegeren, one of the most famous art forgers ever, is convicted of fraud and sentenced to a just one year in prison. He never serves any time, since he dies of a heart attack on December 30, before going to prison. November 12, 2010 A fiberglass replica of David is […]

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Richard Avedon, Generals of Daughters of the American Revolution, 1963

365 Days of Art: November 11 – Calder Dies, Vietnam Vet Shoots Avedon Photo

November 14, 2014

November 11, 1976 Alexander Calder dies. November 11, 1986 Ellis Nelson enters the Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis, pulls a gun from his coat, and shoots two holes in an original Richard Avedon photograph hanging on the wall. The bullets strike two the subjects of the photo, women attending a Daughters of the American Revolution […]

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David Hockney, Tennis, 144 faxes, 1989.

365 Days of Art: November 10 – Frida and Diego Arrive in SF, NY Times Reports on Nazi Looting, Gorky Exhibits at the Whitney, Hockney Faxes an Artwork

November 14, 2014

November 10, 1930 Frida and Diego arrive in San Francisco, where he has mural commissions to work on. November 10, 1943 The New York Times reports “Unique Collection of Art Treasures Taken Away by Germans in Italy”, referring to the trucks carrying artwork for Goring’s birthday party. November 10, 1936 Arshile Gorky’s painting Organization is […]

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Emma Thompson enters one of the trailers containing Journey, the art installation she produced about sex trafficking.

365 Days of Art: November 9 – Pollock’s First Solo Show Opens, John Meets Yoko at Gallery, Emma Thompson’s Journey Opens in NYC

November 13, 2014

November 9, 1943 Jackson Pollock’s first solo show opens at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century gallery. He has not yet painted the dripping works for which he’ll be most famous. November 9, 1966 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at her art opening at Indica Gallery in London. The work above impresses Lennon; after climbing […]

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