Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/18~

This 17th Century etcher and draftsman, who created thousands of drawings and prints, was basically self-taught.

This contemporary American realist artist is known for her large still lifes, many depicting light bouncing off reflective surfaces.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/05/18/may-18/

Erik Satie~ Born May 17, 1866

Erik Satie, original name in full Eric Alfred Leslie Satie (born May 17, 1866, Honfleur, Calvados, France—died July 1, 1925, Paris), French composer whose spare, unconventional, often witty style exerted a major influence on 20th-century music, particularly in France.

During his last 10 years Satie’s best friends were painters, many of whom he had met while a café pianist. Satie was nonetheless deeply admired by composers of the rank of Darius Milhaud, Maurice Ravel, and, in particular, Claude Debussy—of whom he was an intimate friend for close to 30 years.

His ballet Parade (1917; choreographed by Léonide Massine, scenario by Jean Cocteau, stage design and costumes by Pablo Picasso) was scored for typewriters, sirens, airplane propellers, ticker tape, and a lottery wheel and anticipated the use of jazz materials by Igor Stravinsky and others. The word Surrealism was used for the first time in Guillaume Apollinaire’s program notes for Parade.
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Erik-Satie

Erik Satie (1866-1925)          Suzanne Valadon          La Belle Époque
videos: https://youtu.be/aZmBiiYLMRE  https://youtu.be/GreaN1ljqGY
Happy Birthday To Erik Satie, Father Of Dada

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/17~

The watercolor medium fascinated this painter throughout his career, and in 1925 he and two other artists founded the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, which continues actively to this day.

This self-taught Virginian ceramist has work in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the American Folk Art Museum, and other museums and private collections.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2016/05/17/may-17-2/

Tamara de Lempicka~ Born May 16, 1898(?)


Who was she? De Lempicka shuffled the facts of her biography much as she  meddled with her birth date.


Her time was the 1920s: a period of transition, an era in which functionalism merged with fantasy and formal social structures lurched into the frenetic. In essence, De Lempicka was a classicist, having admired Renaissance painting since her adolescent travels in Italy. But she astutely combined traditional portraiture with advertising techniques, photographic lighting, vistas of the tower architecture of great cities.

The political terrors of Europe in the 1930s were impinging…In 1939, urged by Tamara, who was partly Jewish, Kuffner sold his estates in Hungary and they moved to the US. In New York, she tried abstract expressionism unsuccessfully, and was reduced to the role of a chic curiosity, “the painting baroness”.
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2004/may/15/art

http://www.nytimes.com/books/99/10/24/reviews/991024.24vincent.html
http://culture.pl/en/artist/tamara-lempicka-tamara-de-lempicka

Woody Herman: Born May 16, 1913

A fine swing clarinetist, an altoist whose sound was influenced by Johnny Hodges, a good soprano saxophonist, and a spirited blues vocalist, Woody Herman’s greatest significance to jazz was as the leader of a long line of big bands. He always encouraged young talent and, more than practically any bandleader from the swing era, kept his repertoire quite modern. Although Herman was always stuck performing a few of his older hits (he played “Four Brothers” and “Early Autumn” nightly for nearly 40 years), he much preferred to play and create new music.
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/woody-herman-mn0000958076/biography

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/16~

Which post-war Soviet Union painter, despite the mixed critical reception to his work, was able to lead a highly successful career due to his many supporters in the state cultural bureaucracy?

Which contemporary French fashion designer enrolled in art history and museum studies, planning to become a museum curator, until he realized that his true calling was fashion and costume design?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/05/16/may-16/

May 15, 1970~ Tragedy at Jackson State

The shootings at Mississippi’s Jackson State University still linger in the shadow of Kent State. Less than two weeks after Kent, two black students were killed and 12 others wounded by state troopers on May 15, 1970.

The incident started after student demonstrators, protesting the Vietnam War and seeking more rights at the historically black college, responded to an order to disperse by throwing stones and bottles. It ended as police opened fire outside a women’s dormitory.

Phillip Gibbs, 21, a junior preparing for law school, who had a child and a pregnant wife, and James Earl Green, 17, a high school track star on his way home from his job at a grocery store, were killed.

A presidential commission later found the shootings at Jackson and Kent “completely unjustified.” No one was indicted.
May 15th, 1970: 2 Black Students Killed & 12 Wounded by Police During Vietnam Antiwar Protest~ http://may1970project.org/?p=18

Remembering What Happened At Jackson State College In 1970~ http://wyso.org/post/remembering-what-happened-jackson-state-college-1970
MIssissippi Digital Library~ http://tinyurl.com/nlullqw

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/15~

What American painter explained that his imagery derives from “things the mind already knows,” familiar icons such as flags, targets, stenciled numbers, and maps of the US?

What cartoonist/illustrator, his provocative work rejected by editors in London, began traveling back and forth to the US in search of a more hospitable publishing environment?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/05/15/may-15/

Richard Avedon: May 15, 1923-Oct 1, 2004

MoMA Collection~ http://www.moma.org/collection/artists/248?=undefined&page=1
International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum~ http://www.iphf.org/hall-of-fame/richard-avedon/

American Masters~ http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/richard-avedon-about-the-photographer/467/
The Richard Avedon Foundation~ http://www.theavedonfoundation.net/
New York Times Obituary~
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/02/obituaries/richard-avedon-the-eye-of-fashion-dies-at-81.html

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Photographer Captures 100 Female Artists In Their Homes And Studios

A great portrait is more than just a frozen reflection of the subject’s appearance. It’s a chance moment, blanketed in natural light, in which the subject’s authentic self is visible in her expression, her stance, her aura. A great portrait blurs the line between a subject and her surroundings, all contributing equally to the overall impression of a singular human being.

Photographer Barbara Yoshida captured not one great portrait, but 100. And to make it all the more glorious, her subjects are all female artists, groundbreaking in their own right.

Source: Photographer Captures 100 Female Artists In Their Homes And Studios | HuffPost