Posts Tagged ‘artists’

365 Days of Art: December 31 – Brunelleschi Wins Competition to Top Duomo with Lantern

December 31, 2014

December 31, 1436 Wardens for the Santa Maria Fiore cathedral meet in Florence to award the winner of a competition to top the Duomo with a lantern. There are five entries, and Brunelleschi wins. This is a like an Oscar-winner having to audition for a bit part, though: Brunelleschi has already built the duomo, inventing […]

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365 Days of Art: December 30 – Mob Destroys Michelangelo’s Statue

December 30, 2014

December 30, 1511 Michelangelo’s statue of his frenemy Pope Julius II, who is patron of the Sistine Chapel and other projects, is destroyed by a mob. The tie a rope around its neck and pull the 10,000 pound statue from its pedestal. It smashes into pieces, but not before it leaves a crater in the […]

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Leonardo da Vinci, Study of the Hanged Bernardo di Bandino Baroncelli, assassin of Giuliano de Medici, 1479

365 Days of Art: December 28 – Leonardo Sketches Hanged Corpse

December 28, 2014

December 28, 1479 Leonardo sketches the hanging of corpse of Bernardo di Bandino Baroncelli, who is executed for last year’s murder of Giuliano de Medici. That murder is organized by the Pazzi family, in a power grab, as they hope to replace the incredibly influential Medici family as political and civic leaders. A gang of […]

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365 Days of Art: December 27 – NYC Mayor Doesn’t Understand Gorky’s Work

December 27, 2014

December 27, 1935 At the opening for a group exhibition that features one of Gorky’s sketches, for his airport mural, New York City Mayor Fiorella La Guardia meets Gorky, views his work, and tells a reporter: I am conservative in my art, as I am a progressive in my politics. That’s why I perhaps cannot […]

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Diego Rivera, Agrarian Leader Zapata, 1931

365 Days of Art: December 26 – Diego Conquers NY

December 26, 2014

December 26, 1931 New York art critic Henry McBride describes Diego Rivera as “the most talked-about man on this side of the Atlantic”. At this point, he’s installed as artist-in-residence at special studio space within MoMA, creating a total of eight “portable murals” that are exhibited for five weeks from December to January. The exhibition, […]

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365 Days of Art: December 25 – Cornell Prefers His Exhibitions to Fall on Christmas

December 25, 2014

December 25 This is one of the most important dates on the calendar for Joseph Cornell, because he is born the day before, on December 24. His associations with happy childhood memories lead him to try to arrange all of his exhibitions to coincide with his birthday, and therefore, most of them fall on Christmas […]

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Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889

365 Days of Art: December 23 – Vincent Cuts Off Ear

December 23, 2014

December 23, 1888 After an argument with his housemate and fellow artist Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh cuts off at least part of his own ear. Many details are missing or unclear, since Vincent himself has no memory of the incident. We know that Gauguin and Vincent are housemates, and that Vincent has been dreaming […]

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365 Days of Art: December 22 – Basquiat is Born

December 22, 2014

December 22, 1960 Jean-Michel Basquiat, painter, player, attention-getter, friend/frenemy to Andy Warhol, is born.

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365 Days of Art: December 21 – Donors Raise $68M to Keep Painting in Philly

December 21, 2014

December 21, 2006 A group of Philadelphia donors raises $68,000,000 to keep the painting The Gross Clinic by favorite son Thomas Eakins in Philadelphia. A month earlier, the painting breaks auction records (highest price for an Eakins painting, and highest price for an American portrait) when it sells jointly to the National Gallery of Art […]

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365 Days of Art: December 20 – Frida and Diego Leave the US

December 20, 2014

December 20, 1933 After almost four years of living in the US to work on Diego’s various mural projects, Diego and Frida depart NYC for Mexico.

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Nathan Oliveira, Seated Woman Fur Coat, 1961

365 Days of Art: December 19 – Nathan Oliveira is Born

December 20, 2014

December 19, 1928 Nathan Oliveira, one of my favorites, is born.

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365 Days of Art: December 18 – Leonardo Draws Fire Set by Swiss

December 19, 2014

December 18, 1511 Leonardo draws a fire set by Swiss invaders within a landscape drawing of Milan.

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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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