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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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Stephen Berens, July 31, 2005, Afternoon; July 19, 2005, Morning; August 8, 2005, Morning; July 29, 2005, Late Afternoon; July 25, 2005, Late Evening; August 7, 2005, Morning; July 26, 2005, Morning; August 3, 2005, Late Afternoon; August 8, 2005, Morning; August 3, 2005, Afternoon, 2013. Dye-based inkjet print, 24 × 34 in. Collection of the artist. Courtesy the artist. © Stephen Berens

365 Days of Art: August 7 – Stephen Berens Takes a Photo

August 7, 2014

August 7, 2005 Stephen Berens takes a photo from his window in Rome, which he later combines with nine other images of the exact same landscape view. The resulting photo (above), with its ten exposures, is exhibited in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and showcases Berens’ interest in process, layering, and the potential for inspiration in [...]

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Mary Cassatt, The Tea, 1880

365 Days of Art: August 6 – Sister-in-Law Calls Mary Cassatt Disagreeable

August 6, 2014

August 6, 1880 Mary Cassatt’s sister-in-law, Lois, lays out her true feelings in a letter to her own sister Harriet: …the truth is I cannot abide Mary and never will. I have never heard her criticize any human being but in the most disagreeable way. She is self-important and I can’t put up with it. [...]

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Henri Matisse, The Plumed Hat, 1919

365 Days of Art: August 5 – Matisse Painting Attacked

August 6, 2014

August 5, 2011 At the National Gallery of Art, in her second assault this year at that institution, Susan Burns attacks The Plumed Hat, by Henri Matisse. She slams the painting repeatedly against the wall, but thankfully damages only the frame. I don’t think it deserves what Burns was hoping to dish out, but this [...]

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