Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/28~

This artist renounced painting for several years after becoming a Dominican friar, not resuming until 1504.

One of few women painters to receive significant exposure in the fifties, this artist’s press coverage included being featured in “Life” in 1957 and “Newsweek” in 1959.

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Carl Barks (March 27, 1901-August 25, 2000)

Carl Barks (March 27, 1901 – August 25, 2000) was a famous Disney Studio illustrator and comic book creator, who invented Duckburg and many of its inhabitants, such as Scrooge McDuck (1947), Gladstone Gander (1948), the Beagle Boys (1951), Gyro Gearloose (1952), Flintheart Glomgold (1956), John D. Rockerduck (1961) and Magica De Spell (1961). The quality of his scripts and drawings earned him the nicknames The Duck Man and The Good Duck Artist. Fellow comic writer Will Eisner called him “the Hans Christian Andersen of comic books.”

Edward Steichen: Born March 27, 1879

flatironThe audience for Steichen’s early photographs—readers of Camera Work, visitors to 291, and members of amateur camera clubs—were important within artistic circles, but their number was small compared to the audience he would address following the war. Indeed, Steichen’s large and painterly early prints, perhaps because of their rarity, are now far less known by the general public than his portraits of Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Gloria Swanson, and other celebrities that appeared in Condé Nast’s Vogue and Vanity Fair in the 1920s and 1930s, or his fashion and advertising photographs that shared those same pages. Moreover, while the circulation of Camera Work never topped a Whitethousand (and was often much less) and its intended audience was an intellectual elite, the Condé Nast publications catered to a much larger and broader readership, one hungry for just the sort of glamorous celebrity portraiture at which Steichen excelled.

Edward Steichen Portraits from the Smithsonian exhibition, 2008:

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/26~

Which artist’s best-known work is his “Bible in Pictures”, a collection of 240 engravings of scenes from the Bible?

Which photographer notably chronicled Paris during the years he lived in a Left Bank guesthouse now remembered as “the Beat Hotel”?

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Tennessee Williams: Born on March 26, 1911

Williams first took up painting in the early 1960s when his career as a playwright ebbed.  He often relaxed on the patio of his Key West home and painted.  Williams’ patio was his preferred art studio.  People frequently visited his house on Duncan Street and purchased his artwork before the paint was dry.

Painting was a passion for him, almost to the point that it became a second profession.  Toward the end of his life, Williams gradually gave up writing for painting; a less harsh way to express himself.  Critics did not think as much of his painting as his plays, however his artwork remains widely popular among collectors.

Arturo Toscanini: Born on March 25, 1867

Perhaps the most internationally famous conductor ever, Toscanini rose to instant stardom when he put down his cello and jumped up to the podium to fill in for the conductor during a performance of Verdi’s opera Aida. It was 1886; he was 19, and it was the first time he’d ever conducted.

The last time he’d conduct a live performance was in 1954, 68 years later. By then, he was the first conductor to have appeared regularly on television, and was certainly considered the first true media star of the conducting world.

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/25~

What sculptor, before beginning his most famous monument, worked on a high- relief carving in Georgia which was eventually completed by other artists?

What artist joined forces with Olivier Mosset, Michel Parmentier, and Niele Toroni to form BMPT, a Paris-based late modern art group?

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PlatteForum’s Artist Residency

The application process is currently OPEN
Deadline to apply is Monday, April 17th at midnight

Located in a rich urban context, PlatteForum’s dynamic, artist-centered residencies engage this community in the creation of new work where artists, youth, and the public collaborate. Preference will be given to artists whose work addresses the larger questions in our world today such as race, class, social and ecological issues.  In doing this we hope to provoke dialogue that helps shape our public narratives and cultural conversations.
• Residency Schedule: Six-to-eight-week residency between the dates of
September 2017 – August 2018

• Artist Benefits: Six-to-eight-week residency, a weekly stipend ($250)
• Community Engagement: Share ideas with and demonstrate process to a diverse group
of youth in structured workshops (approximately 4-6 hours per week, supported by staff).