Edward Ruscha: Born December 16, 1937

Stopping off in New York City on his way back
[from Europe], he paid a call on Leo Castelli, whose gallery showed Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella. No introduction, no calling beforehand—he just walked in with the Paris paintings under his arm. Castelli, all European charm and suavity, said that Ruscha’s work looked interesting, and told him to stay in touch. Ruscha stayed in touch for twelve years, visiting the gallery on his occasional trips to New York, and in 1973 Castelli became his New York dealer. Ruscha never seriously considered moving East. “That was too big a decision, and too big a jump,” he told me. “It just didn’t feel like it was meant to be.” He wanted to live in Los Angeles, and by the time he returned from Europe he knew that the only thing he could possibly be was an artist. “I could see I was just born for the job, born to watch paint dry,” he said.

Biography~ http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/edward-ruscha-1882
Where is Rocky II?~ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/documentary-mysterious-ed-ruscha-work-gets-north-american-premiere-at-lacma-962057
Edward Ruscha’s Deadpan Artistry~ http://broadstreetonline.org/2015/01/edward-ruschas-deadpan-artistry/


How Kandinsky helped create abstract art

Lyrical (from Sounds) (1911) by Wassily Kandinsky

Facts within art history aren’t always as solidly verifiable as we would like them to be. Can we say with certainty that Wassily Kandinsky, born on this day, 16 December [4 Dec. Old Style], in 1866, was the first abstract painter?

Read more here:  How Kandinsky helped create abstract art | Art | Agenda | Phaidon

Ray Eames: Born December 15, 1912

Ray-Ray was the nickname given to Bernice Alexandra Kaiser by her family. Beyond that, little is known of her childhood in Sacramento, although Ray’s artistic talent was evidently recognized early on. After high school she left California with her widowed mother for New York City, where she studied with the German Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann and exhibited her paintings. After her mother’s death, Ray left New York for further training at the Art Academy in Cranbrook, Michigan, where Charles Eames was one of her teachers and mentors. After divorcing his first wife, Charles married Ray in 1941 in Chicago. The couple left immediately for Southern California, where they opened a design office.

An extraordinary personal and artistic collaboration began with this move, an unusually creative
partnership that resulted in innovative designs for furniture, houses, monuments, exhibitions
—even toys.


Eames Foundation~ http://eamesfoundation.org/
Official site of Ray and Charles Eames~ http://www.eamesoffice.com/eames-office/charles-and-ray/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 12/15~

What German-born Dutch artist constructed his most famous work — a photomontage created from a collage of two hundred photographs, prints, and postcards pasted and arranged on a secondary support — in 1923?

What 20th century Italian sculptor is most remembered for his monument to Pope Pius XII in St. Peter’s Basilica and for an enormous bronze of a horse outside the headquarters of the state-owned broadcasting system?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/12/15/december-15/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 12/14~

Which 19th century painter is best remembered for the huge oil-on-canvas murals he painted for the walls of public buildings such as the Panthéon, the Sorbonne, and the Hôtel de Ville?

Which English painter and critic coined the term “Post-Impressionism”, mounting a controversial show in 1910 that introduced London to artists such as Matisse, Cézanne, and Van Gogh?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/12/14/december-14/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 12/13~

This Dutch painter and designer was part of the Dutch modernism movement in the 1920’s, creating lithographic posters for a variety of clients including KLM, Amstel, and the 1928 Summer Olympics.

This Catalan artist began drawing in his teens during a long convalescence from a serious illness contracted in 1940, and later abandoned his law studies to devote himself entirely to art.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/12/13/december-13/

Frank Sinatra: Born December 12, 1915

Francis Albert Sinatra [was born] in Hoboken, New Jersey. Although his mother had hoped that he would be the first person in the family to attend college and was disappointed that he did not finish high school, she encouraged his ambition to be a singer. His father, on the other hand, was opposed and insisted that he should find a job. The young Sinatra worked briefly as a truck driver for a newspaper, a riveter in a Hoboken shipyard, and a fruit hauler. By 1932, he had decided that he wanted to be a professional singer.

His break came in 1937, when he and three instrumentalists, billed as the Hoboken Four, won on the Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour. After some touring, the group disbanded. Harry James signed Sinatra to sing with his orchestra, and on July 13, 1939, two weeks after his debut as a big-band vocalist at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, Sinatra cut his first disc, “From the Bottom of My Heart,” with the orchestra.

James graciously freed Sinatra from his contract when the singer received a more lucrative offer from bandleader Tommy Dorsey in December 1939. By 1942 Sinatra’s fame had eclipsed that of Dorsey, and the singer yearned for a solo career.

Between 1943 and 1946, Sinatra’s solo career blossomed as the singer charted a slew of hit singles. Sinatra made his movie acting debut in 1943. In 1945, he won a special Academy Award for The House I Live In, a 10-minute short made to promote racial and religious tolerance on the home front. Sinatra’s popularity began to slide in the postwar years (but) in 1953, he made a triumphant comeback, winning a supporting actor Oscar for From Here to Eternity.

In the mid-’70s Sinatra’s career slowed down, but in mid-1980, after a five-year recording hiatus, he released Trilogy which included a version of “Theme From New York, New York” that the city fervently adopted. In 1985, he was accorded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Frank Sinatra died of a heart attack on May 14, 1998, in L.A.


Artist Birthday Quiz for 12/12~

What Norwegian painter, associated with the Symbolist and Expressionist movements, would revisit subjects from his earlier years with renewed inspiration and intensity?

What postwar American second-generation abstract painter is widely credited for playing a pivotal role in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/12/12/december-12/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 12/11~

This American modernist mystic painter is most notable for his “white writing” – light calligraphic marks and symbols atop an abstract field composed of thousands of densely interwoven brushstrokes.

This 20th century artist switched from representational sculpted portraits to painting in the 1950’s, innovating the use of plastic resins and synthetic glazes and creating paintings lit from behind in shadow-box frames.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/12/11/december-11/