Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/29~

What American painter — best known for his genre paintings, paintings of scenes from everyday life, and portraits of people both famous and unknown — was a co-founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

What British advertising designer, poster artist, and illustrator won first place in a poster competition held by the London City Council in 1935, and from that point on freelanced as a graphic artist?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/07/29/july-29/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/25~

Which artist, born in Philadelphia in 1844, was in the vanguard of young painters who would shift the focus of American art from landscape to the figural subjects favored by the European academies?

Which American painter and illustrator enjoyed a career that lasted for more than half a century and helped shape the Golden Age of illustration and American visual arts?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/07/25/july-25/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/24~

Although he was considered a Spanish artist, this painter was born in Italy and most active in France, clearly more influenced by Parisian artists and never participating in national exhibitions in Spain.

A struggling and relatively unknown painter of Czech origin living in Paris, this artist achieved immediate fame when in December 1894 he accepted a commission to create a poster for Sarah Bernhardt.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/07/24/july-24/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/22~

Which artist’s “House by the Railroad”, a gift of an anonymous donor in 1930, was the first oil painting to be acquired for the permanent collections of the newly founded Museum of Modern Art?

Which artist introduced moving parts into his work in 1931, then over the following decades created variations on this concept including “gongs”, “towers”, ”totems”, and “animobiles”?

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Isaac Stern: Born July 21, 1920

stern1Stern’s family moved to the United States and settled in San Francisco when he was one year old. His mother, a professional singer, gave him his first music lessons. He began studying the violin at the San Francisco Conservatory in 1928. In 1932 he became the third immensely talented San Francisco-area boy to train with the San Francisco Symphony concertmaster Louis Persinger (the others were Menuhin and Ruggiero Ricci). However, he considered Naoum Blinder, with whom he studied until the age of 15, his only true teacher. Stern made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony on February 18, 1936, with Pierre Monteux conducting the Third Concerto by Saint-Saëns.
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/isaac-stern-mn0000965898/biography

However, Stern was to become as famous internationally for his contribution to public causes as he was Stern2for his concert performances and recordings. His social contributions took many forms: his most noted involvement as a cultural activist was his pivotal role in the 1960 salvation of Carnegie Hall, then facing demolition. Elected president of the Carnegie Hall Corporation, he guided the affairs of the edifice he called “our country’s affirmation of the human spirit” (Stern and Potok, p. 141) until the end of his life. He was chairman of the board of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and founder and chairman of the Stern3Jerusalem Music Center, and in the United States he campaigned for and became a founding member of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1964. In 1975 he received the first Albert Schweitzer Award for “a life’s work dedicated to music and devoted to humanity” and two years later was made a member of the French Légion d’Honneur.
http://www.anb.org/articles/18/18-03785.html

Obituary, New York Times~ http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/23/nyregion/violinist-isaac-stern-dies-at-81-led-efforts-to-save-carnegie-hall.html

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/21~

The prints and techniques of this Prague-born painter, etcher, and lithographer went through extensive changes as he traveled internationally, learning new methods wherever he went.

This painter, printmaker, and draftsman had a long, prolific, and highly successful career which extended from the late 19th century academic tradition to German Impressionism and finally Expressionism.

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/20~

What Hungarian-born American painter, photographer, and educator was highly influenced by Constructivism and a strong advocate of the integration of technology and science into the arts?

What influential American feminist artist, author, and educator helped establish the Feminist Art Movement of the 1970s?

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Grants: AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators

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The AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators, made possible with major support from the Terra Foundation for American Art, is a two-year Program for three non-US based curators and three US Liaisons working on or having worked within exhibitions and projects that explore historic American Art (c. 1500-1980), including painting; sculpture; works on paper, including prints, drawing and photography; decorative arts; and excluding architecture; design; and performance. The Program offers numerous benefits for Awardees, including travel funding.

Through fostering international relationships between curators, the Program aims to not  only provide opportunities for professional development and exchange, but also to expand and strengthen the international curatorial community and give primacy to the curatorial voice in the international dialogue between museum professionals.The Program will be an active part of building international partnerships, leading cross-border conversations, and spearheading international representation within AAMC’s membership & AAMC Foundation’s efforts.

Information and applications here~
https://artcurators.site-ym.com/page/GrantsTerra
Please note that all applications are due by October 15, 2016

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/18~

Which painter’s portrait of Louis XIV in his coronation costume set the image of what a state portrait should be: column and background landscape, glistening drapes, solemn pose, intense colors?

Which artist conveyed Futurism’s fascination for the energy of modern life with  his own personal style, approaching pure abstraction and rendering motion by showing simultaneous aspects of a moving object?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/07/18/july-18/