Betty Parsons~ January 31, 1900-July 23, 1982

[Betty] Parsons’s role as a leading promoter of abstract art is well known. Less well known is that she was an artist.

“Betty led a double life,” a nephew, William P. Rayner, said. “Being an artist was her first priority. That’s why she was such a good dealer and that’s why her artists liked her.” http://www.nytimes.com/1992/06/28/nyregion/betty-parsons-s-2-lives-she-was-artist-too.html?pagewanted=all

Once referred to as “the den mother of Abstract Expressionism,” Betty Parsons was an early advocate of the great Abstract Expressionists, including Pollock, Rothko, Reinhardt, Still and Newman, long before they all achieved notoriety. Her midtown gallery, which opened in 1946 (and closed every summer so that Parsons could focus on her own art), gave the Abstract Expresionist artists their first large-scale exposure, making it one of the most prestigious art galleries in New York. In its later years, the Parsons Gallery did much to promote the works of many gay, lesbian and bisexual artists, including Agnes Martin, Ellsworth Kelly, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. http://www.theartstory.org/gallery-betty-parsons.htm

“I’ve learned a great deal about business, but I wasn’t a businesswoman,” Betty Parsons told Grace Lichtenstein in a profile that originally ran in the March 1979 issue of ARTnews, published just three years before Parsons’s death, in 1982. http://www.artnews.com/2017/06/16/from-the-archives-betty-parsons-gallerist-turned-artist-takes-the-spotlight-in-1979/

Throughout her storied career as a gallerist, she maintained a rigorous artistic practice, painting during weekends in her Long Island studio. Parsons’ eye for innovative talent stemmed from her own training as an artist and guided her commitment to new and emerging artists of her time, impacting the canon of Twentieth-Century art in the United States. Includes slideshow and biography~ http://www.alexandergray.com/artists/betty-parsons?view=slider#2

Jackie Robinson: January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972

robinsonLIFE With Jackie Robinson: Rare and Classic Photos of an American Icon

When Jack Roosevelt Robinson stepped onto Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947, he not only changed the face of professional baseball in America. In ways subtle and profound — ways that have been debated, dissected and celebrated in books, films, popular songs, academic circles and casual conversations in the long decades since — he changed the nation itself.

Here, LIFE.com offers a selection of both classic and, in some cases, rare pictures that paint a portrait of a man whose dignity, competitive fire and grace under pressure set him indelibly and inevitably apart from his peers and his rivals.

http://time.com/3813840/life-with-jackie-robinson-rare-and-classic-photos-of-an-american-icon/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/31~

What artist is perhaps best known for the two bronze lions that mark the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago Building?

In 2000, the AIA recognized one of which architect’s buildings as the fourth most significant structure of the twentieth century?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/01/31/january-31/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/29~

This painter played an important role in the formative years of the New York School, but did not achieve recognition for his own work until late in his career.

Despite 27 years of  clashes with Disney, this artist and children’s book author rose through the ranks to become both illustrator and screenwriter before finally leaving.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/01/29/january-29/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/27~

William Blake’s visionary art was to have a profound effect on this key figure in 19th century Romantic landscape painting.

Considered one of the most talented Russian landscape painters of his generation, this artist founded his own painting society in 1909.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/01/27/january-27/

Barbara Kruger: Born January 26, 1945

Kruger.jpgBarbara Kruger ~ By Christopher Bollen ~ Published 02/28/13

Kruger’s spectacular corpus, spanning four decades, is often described as political—and it is. But just as much it creates these moments of internal identity confusion in which we don’t know if we are acting as victim, oppressor, or witness. Usually, we are all of the above.

Kruger famously—and perhaps, at first, inadvertently—got her training as an artist the hard way: through a full-time job as a magazine designer at Condé Nast, starting out at Mademoiselle. And while some of those early layout techniques of bold graphics inform her work, a pulsating visual-linguistic triple-take keeps all of her pieces so alive that she’s become known for her own immediately identifiable, authoritative style—even if authority is what is being questioned in the authoritative typeface.

Source: Barbara Kruger – Page – Interview Magazine


http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/feminist/Barbara-Kruger.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/barbara-krugers-artwork-speaks-truth-to-power-137717540/?all

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/26~

What 18th century French artist made his reputation with his acclaimed marble sculpture of Mercury, now in the Louvre?

What Pulitzer Prize-winning Village Voice satirical cartoonist went on to author books, plays, revues, and screenplays?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/01/26/january-26/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/25~

What Dutch Golden Age artist’s early works were so similar in style and subject to Rembrandt that collectors once thought that they were Rembrandt’s?

What Japanese game designer’s all-time classic video game concept of eating in order to gain power was inspired by Popeye?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/01/25/january-25/