Posts Tagged ‘artists’

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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Pablo Picasso, Untitled, 1967, steel

365 Days of Art: August 15 – The Picasso is Dedicated in Chicago

August 15, 2014

August 15, 1967 Bonus Post: August 15 is a big day in the history of art because it’s the Feast of the Assumption on the Catholic calendar. Since the Catholic Church is such a large patron of the arts, many works of art, including the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, have been dedicated or unveiled on this [...]

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365 Days of Art: August 13 – George Luks is Born

August 13, 2014

August 13, 1867 George Luks (pronounced Lewks) is born. New York City is his muse, inspiring him with subjects like immigrant families and underground sporting events–unpolished, active figures that require a faster painting approach. He is a member of the Ashcan School, named after the metal garbage can, so-called because of these gritty inspirations that [...]

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Jean Michel Basquiat, All Colored Cast (Part III), 1982

365 Days of Art: August 12 – Jean Michel Basquiat Dies

August 12, 2014

August 12, 1988 Jean Michel Basquiat dies of a heroin overdose. According to many of his friends, it’s a death in slow-motion, one they had predicted for years. In the months before his death, Basquiat claims to shoot up to a hundred bags of heroin a day. To those who see the huge quantities of [...]

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Jackson Pollock

365 Days of Art: August 11 – Jackson Pollock Dies

August 11, 2014

August 11, 1956 Jackson Pollock dies in a car crash while driving drunk. He has been a serious alcoholic for most of his life, going on binges, getting in fights, losing jobs, and alienating friends. He’s been to rehab, and even quit drinking for one prolonged period. Also in the car are his mistress Ruth [...]

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Keith Haring

365 Days of Art: August 10 – Keith Haring Discusses AIDS Diagnosis

August 10, 2014

August 10, 1989 Rolling Stone publishes an interview with Keith Haring, in which he discusses his AIDS diagnosis vis a vis his career: No matter how long you work, it’s always going to end sometime. And there’s always going to be things left undone. And it wouldn’t matter if you lived until you were seventy-five. [...]

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Felix Nussbaum, Self Portrait at the Camp, 1944

365 Days of Art: August 9 – Felix Nussbaum Murdered in Auschwitz

August 10, 2014

August 9, 1944 Painter Felix Nussbaum is murdered by the Nazis in Auschwitz. His most powerful work is done in the last ten or so years of his life. In 1933, after the Nazis gain control of Germany, the Minister of Propaganda arrives in Rome, where Nussbaum is on scholarship as a student at the [...]

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