Born September 18~ Terry Braunstein

Terry Braunstein (born 1942) is an American multimedia artist whose work includes photography, installation, assemblage, painting, printmaking, video, sculpture, and large permanent public art.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Braunstein_(artist)

Two-page spread from The Untitled Book by Terry Braunstein
1981 / Color xerograph on paper / 10-3⁄4″x8-1⁄2″ / Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC

Terry Braunstein on artist’s website: https://terrybraunstein.com/portfolio1/

Further reading:
https://art.metro.net/artworks/local-odysseys/
https://www.wescover.com/creator/terry-braunstein
https://www.publicartinpublicplaces.info/illuminations-2006-by-terry-braunstein

Born August 8~ Ruth Francken

Ruth Francken (August 8, 1924-September 12, 2006) was a Czech-American sculptor, painter, and furniture designer who was mostly active in Paris.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Francken

La Saisie by Ruth Francken / 1973 / Photographic paper, metal, cord, linen
61-4/5″x44″x3-1/2″ / Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL

Ruth Francken on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/ruth-francken/

More links:
https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/ey-exhibition-world-goes-pop/artist-biography/ruth-francken
https://www.centrepompidou.fr/en/ressources/personne/cAbzj5E
https://awarewomenartists.com/en/artiste/ruth-francken/

Born July 30~ Betye Saar

Betye Irene Saar (born July 30, 1926) is an African-American artist known for her works in assemblage, collage, and printmaking.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betye_Saar

Gris-Gris Box by Betye Saar
1972 / Mixed-media assemblage / 29″x8-1/2″x2-3/4″ / Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Betye Saar on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/betye-saar/

Further reading:
https://hammer.ucla.edu/now-dig-this/artists/betye-saar
https://sculpturemagazine.art/ritual-politics-and-transformation-betye-saar/
https://www.artfuljaunts.com/magazine/how-betye-saars-travel-sketchbooks-guide-her-powerful-sculptures-about-race-in-america
https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a36182098/betye-saar-daughters-in-conversation/

Born July 25~ Eleanore Mikus

Eleanore Mikus (July 25, 1927-September 6, 2017) was an American painter, printmaker, and educator whose work had a strong emphasis on material and experimentation.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanore_Mikus

Untitled by Eleanore Mikus
1967 / Rose cloth and rubber bands on board / 8-1/4″x6-1/4″ / Private collection

Eleanore Mikus on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/eleanore-mikus/

Further reading:
https://hyperallergic.com/356145/perhaps-eleanore-mikus-will-not-be-under-recognized-anymore/
https://www.cartermuseum.org/exhibitions/meditations-eleanore-mikus-tamarind
https://blantonmuseum.org/2017/09/a-life-in-tablets-eleanore-mikus/

Born June 5~ Jean Follett

Jean Follett (June 5, 1917-July 6, 1990) was an American sculptor and assemblage artist. She was a member of the New York abstract art movement of the 1940s and 1950s.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Follett

Many-Headed Creature by Jean Follett
1958 / Light switch and socket, cooling coils, window screen, nails, faucet knobs, mirror, twine, cinders, castor, springs, wood, wire chain, and rope on wood panel / 24″x24″x4-3/4″ / MoMA, NYC

Further reading:
https://www.hauserwirth.com/ursula/26214-retrospect-rediscovery-pioneering-artwork-jean-follett
https://eastsidefreedomlibrary.org/events/discovering-jean-follett-from-the-east-side-of-st-paul-to-new-york-city/
https://hyperallergic.com/351444/no-point-of-view-is-the-best-view-of-all-artists-working-between-1952-1965-many-of-whom-are-forgotten/
https://www.nyuad-artgallery.org/en_US/our-exhibitions/main-gallery/inventing-downtown-archive/

Born May 10~ Lenore Tawney

Lenore Tawney (May 10, 1907-September 24, 2007) was an American artist known for her sculptural weaving and assemblages.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenore_Tawney

Lenore Tawney with Drawing In Air XV (The Crossing)
1998 / Linen, wood / 96″x48″x24″ / Lenore G. Tawney Foundation

Lenore Tawney on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/lenore-tawney/

Further reading:
https://www.artic.edu/artists/36890/lenore-tawney
https://magazine.artland.com/lost-and-found-artist-series-lenore-tawney/
https://www.craftcouncil.org/magazine/article/lenore-tawney-spiritual-revolutionary

Born April 25~ Elsa Gramcko

Elsa Gramcko (April 25, 1925-994) was a Venezuelan artist. Her earlier works were mostly paintings; she expanded into sculpture and assemblage in the 1960s and 1970s.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elsa_Gramcko

El Ojo de la Cerradura (The Keyhole) by Elsa Gramcko
1964 / Car-battery cells, metal lock, and mixed media on masonite / Private collection

Elsa Gramcko on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/elsa-gramcko/

Further reading:
https://hyperallergic.com/480543/contesting-modernity-informalism-in-venezuela-1955-1975-museum-of-fine-arts-houston/
https://milenaolesinska77.medium.com/elsa-gramcko-abstract-sculpture-and-painting-d54c7b88e03f
Google translation of “Elsa Gramcko. The spell of transforming waste into art”

Born April 10~ Marie Johnson-Calloway

Marie Edwards Johnson-Calloway (April 10, 1920-February 11, 2018) was an American artist who worked in the fields of painting and mixed-media assemblage.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_E._Johnson-Calloway

School Crossing Guard by Marie Johnson-Calloway
1970s / Mixed media on board / 65″x55″ / Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Marie Johnson-Calloway on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/marie-johnson-calloway/

Further reading:
https://www.moadsf.org/exhibition/marie-johnson-calloway-legacy-color/
https://hammer.ucla.edu/now-dig-this/artists/marie-johnson-calloway
https://blackartstory.org/2020/11/24/profile-marie-e-johnson-calloway-1920-2018/

Born February 18~ Takako Saito

Takako Saito (born 1929) is a Japanese artist closely associated with Fluxus, the international collective of avant-garde artists that was active primarily in the 1960s and 1970s.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takako_Saito

70 cm. x 70 cm’s Freedom by Takako Saito
1991 / Assemblage: Iron box containing different objects with magnet / 39 2/5″x28″x6″

Takako Saito on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/takako-saito/

More links:
https://awarewomenartists.com/en/artiste/takako-saito/
https://www.fondazionebonotto.org/en/collection/fluxus/saitotakako
https://www.fluxus-plus.de/2655.html

National Arts and Humanities Month~ October 14

Nee Nee in Braddock by Swoon

2014 / Eight-color screenprint on handmade, hand-painted paper
31″x22″ / Various collections, including Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

“We know that works of art can enhance the patient environment when carefully chosen and thoughtfully curated. Artworks lend comfort, beauty and wit to the environment. They promote innovation by challenging our ways of seeing. Above all, they assert the strength of our humanity in the face of sickness and misfortune.”
~http://www.clevelandclinic.org/lp/power-of-art/

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