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Diego Rivera, Man at the Crossroads (destroyed), 1933

365 Days of Art: April 24 – Art and Politics Collide for Diego Rivera and Little Mermaid

April 24, 2014

Two instances of politics colliding with art today: April 24, 1933 With Diego Rivera’s mural for Rockefeller Center two thirds of the way finished, the NY World-Telegram inflames tensions between the artist and patron by publishing this headline: “Rivera Paints Scenes of Communist Activity and John D. Jr. Foots Bill” Then: April 24, 1964 Oh [...]

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Portrait of a Man in Red Chalk (believed to be self-portrait), Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1510-1515

365 Days of Art: April 23 – Leonardo Writes His Will

April 23, 2014

April 23, 1519 Leonardo da Vinci writes his last will and testament. He asks that 60 beggars follow his coffin, stipulates the number of masses to be held in the church on the day of his funeral, and dispenses his property. His friend and apprentice Francesco Melzi is the principal heir, receiving money, as well [...]

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Mater Dolorosa or Virgin of Sorrows, Albrecht Durer, 1495

365 Days of Art: April 21 – Serial Art Vandal Throws Acid at Five Dürer Paintings

April 21, 2014

April 21, 1988 Hans-Joachim Bolhmann, who we’ve met before this year, throws two bottles of sulfuric acid on five paintings by Albrecht Dürer in Munich’s Alte Pinakothek. The injured works include Lamentation for Christ, the Paumgartner Altar and Mater Dolarosa or Virgin of Sorrows. The Virgin of Sorrows is hit directly in her face, and [...]

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Mike Wallace and Salvador Dali

365 Days of Art: April 19 – Mike Wallace Interviews Salvador Dali

April 19, 2014

April 19, 1958 Salvador Dalí is a guest on the television show, The Mike Wallace Interview. You can watch the video here. My favorite part may be hearing Mike ask in all seriousness: “Well, what is philosophical about driving in a car full of cauliflowers or lecturing inside a diving helmet?”

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365 Days of Art: April 17 – Pope Julius Refuses to Meet with Michelangelo Regarding Tomb Commission, Stiffs Him on Money, and Causes Him to Flee Rome in Despair

April 17, 2014

April 17, 1506 Michelangelo is turned away by Pope Julius II, in his latest attempt to meet and move forward on the commission for Julius’s tomb. Adding insult to injury, the Pope doesn’t cover the freight charges for the marble which Michelangelo has already selected and shipped to Rome. “Overwhelmed with despair”, Michelangelo tells his [...]

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Matisse and Picasso self-portraits, both 1916

365 Days of Art: April 16 – Apollinaire Compares the Studio Habits of Picasso and Matisse

April 16, 2014

April 16, 1911 Apollinaire, the poet and friend of Picasso, writes in the Le Mercure de France about the differences in studio practice between Picasso and Matisse. These kinds of side-by-side comparisons stoked their professional rivalry: On the contrary, Picasso, who is a Spaniard, takes delight in cultivating the disarray in his studio, where you [...]

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Claude Monet, Impression: Sunrise, 1873

365 Days of Art: April 15 – Brunelleschi Dies, Da Vinci is Born, Nike of Samothrace is Unearthed, Impressionists Exhibit Together, and Thomas Hart Benton Reveals Himself to Be a Fool (Again)

April 15, 2014

April 15, 1446 Filippo Brunelleschi, father of Renaissance architecture and engineer of the Duomo, dies. April 15, 1452 Leonardo da Vinci is born. April 15, 1863 An excavation on the Greek island of Samothrace unearthed a winged female statue carved from white marble, known as the Nike of Samothrace, or Winged Victory of Samothrace. It’s [...]

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Mary Cassatt, Girl Arranging Her Hair, 1886

365 Days of Art: April 14 – Mary Cassatt’s Dad Writes About Her Painting

April 14, 2014

April 14, 1886 Letter from Mary Cassatt’s father about Mary’s painting, Girl Arranging Her Hair: Mame [Mary] is feeling pretty well and working like a beaver…on a little red-headed girl in demi-costume, dressing her hair before a glass. The two or three experts and artists who have seen it praise it without stint. As for [...]

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Well-wishers greet Frida in her bed at the opening of her first solo show in Mexico.

365 Days of Art: April 13 – Ordered on Bed Rest, Frida Attends Her Solo Exhibition in Four Poster Bed

April 13, 2014

April 13, 1953 Advised by her doctors that she is too ill to attend the opening reception of her first solo show in Mexico, and that she needs to rest, Frida Kahlo transports her bed to the gallery and attends from there. She greets visitors from her four poster bed, situated in the middle of [...]

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Poker Night (from A Streetcar Named Desire), Thomas Hart Benton, 1948

365 Days of Art: April 12 – Thomas Hart Benton Gives a Pompous, Sexist Interview

April 12, 2014

April 12, 1935 An interview with Thomas Hart Benton is published in the New York Sun. He sounds delightful. [I am going to Kansas City] because since the depression [New York City] has lost its dynamic quality. On the upswing, New York is grand–when it is building buildings, tearing down buildings, making and spending money, [...]

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Lee Krasner, Untitled, 1948

365 Days of Art: April 11 – Lee Krasner Gives Interview, Recalls Mondrian

April 11, 2014

April 11, 1968 Lee Krasner gives an oral history interview with Dorothy Seckler and remembers a time when Piet Mondrian gave her a mini-critique. An excerpt of the interview: LEE KRASNER: Now I’ll tell you something Mondrian said to me about my painting which does interest me enormously. This was at the time that I [...]

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Men in the City, Fernand Leger, 1919

365 Days of Art: April 9 – Peggy Guggenheim Buys Art as Hitler Invades

April 9, 2014

April 9, 1940 In the midst of World War II, on the same day that Nazi Germany invaded Norway, Peggy Guggenheim bought Fernand Léger’s Men in the City; Léger called himself “astonished by her sang froid”. Since 1939, despite the ongoing war Hitler was waging in Europe (where she was living), Peggy had kept to [...]

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The Stroll-Camille Monet and Her Son Jean, by Claude Monet

365 Days of Art: April 8 – Monet’s Father Advises Him to Abandon Pregnant Girlfriend

April 8, 2014

April 8, 1867 Monet’s father instructs him to abandon his pregnant girlfriend. At this time, men of his Monet’s class didn’t usually marry their mistresses. Monet did marry her three years later, perhaps–it was suggested– more due to a rebellious streak, than out of love or even obligation to his growing family. Camille modeled for [...]

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Brian Ridley and Lyle Heeter, by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1979

365 Days of Art: April 7 – Mapplethorpe Exhibition Opens, Leading to Obscenity Charges

April 7, 2014

April 7, 1990 An exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs, entitled The Perfect Moment, opens at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center; within hours, the Center and its director, Dennis Barrie, are indicted on obscenity charges. I saw this exhibition when it traveled to the University Art Museum in Berkeley, CA. It was stunning, and at times shocking [...]

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La Fornarina, Raphael, 1518-1520

365 Days of Art: April 6 – Raphael Dies; Cracks Appear in Vatican Walls

April 6, 2014

April 6, 1520 Raphael dies at age 37, after a night in which he “indulged in more than his usual excess” according to the biographer Vasari. The excess in question was not only the usual suspects, but particularly Raphael’s mistress Margherita Luti, known as La Fornarina (the baker’s daughter). Vasari alleges that Raphael didn’t tell [...]

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