Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/6~

What Mad Magazine artist studied architecture at the University of Mexico, despite having already begun his cartooning career at age 17 by selling professionally to a wide array of Mexican publications?

What Post-Minimal painter also designed two large mosaic murals for the New York City subway system: one at the 59th Street/Lexington Avenue station and another at the 23rd Street/Ely Avenue Station?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/09/06/september-6/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/3~

What American printmaker, painter, and sculptor developed the collagraph, a layered cardboard relief print process that could be carved like a woodcut?

What cartoonist’s most famous character was originally called “Spider”, a college student who became popular when he enlisted in the army during the Korean War?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/09/03/september-3/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/25~

After she entered her 80s this American artist, well known for her vivid Surrealist imagery, began to concentrate on writing: producing a novel, an autobiography, and poems that appeared in such periodicals as The New Yorker, The Yale Review and The Paris Review.

From 1935 to 1941, this renowned cartoonist worked for Walt Disney as a story man and animator, with credits on Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Fantasia; his work also appeared in comic books for the company that became DC Comics, and for Dell’s Animal Comics.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/25/august-25/

George Luks: Born August 13, 1867

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GeoBLuksGeorge Luks was an American realist painter and comic illustrator, best known for his images of New York and its inhabitants. Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Luks worked as a vaudeville performer before moving to Philadelphia to study art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts…Luks was publishing comic illustrations in Puck and Truth, and upon his return in 1893 he accepted a job as a newspaper illustrator at the Philadelphia Press.
http://www.illustrationhistory.org/artists/george-luks

His career took a small detour in 1895 when heYellowKid traveled to Cuba as an artist-correspondent for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin…When he returned to America in 1896, he joined the staff of Pulitzer’s World as an illustrator and cartoonist…One of his many famous colleagues at the World was Richard F. Outcault, who had joined the staff in 1894…Outcault’s Yellow Kid became so popular with the public and showed that it increased the newspaper’s sales as well as the sales of merchandise his likeness appeared on, from candy to whiskey. This awareness was occurring at the same time that William Randolph Hearst had come to town, purchased the Journal and was having an intense battle with Pulitzer’s World for dominance in New York City. Hearst knew a good thing when he saw it and lured Outcault away from Pulitzer…Pulitzer was not to be outdone, however, and assigned Luks to continue drawing the Yellow BostonKid in Hogan’s Alley for the World…Luks [continued to work] at his painting and was finally able to make a living at it. He left the newspaper in 1898.
http://cartoonician.com/george-luks-the-other-yellow-kid-artist/

George Luks prided himself in being the “bad boy” of American art and would be pleased that this notion has survived as his reputation as a significant painter of the twentieth century continues to grow. A heavy drinker and engaged story-teller, Luks manufactured details of his own life to make himself more colorful. Most ingrained in his biography was his tall tale of KidWithBallhaving fought in the Mid-West as “Chicago Whitey,” a middle-weight boxing champion. No one ever checked his details. However, the mythology Luks created around himself masked an insecurity that reveals itself in the diversity of styles he sometimes employed as a painter. His mainstay was realism, but he experimented with impressionism and post-impressionism and was known to alter a canvas if it was criticized, sometimes ruining it entirely. The critic, James Huneker, noted literally hundreds of unfinished canvases in Luks upper Manhattan studio which he would either re-work or paint over. But when Luks was “on” he was a forceful painter of huge talent and confidence, noted for his sure, brilliant handling of a brush.
http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/2aa/2aa563.htm

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/11~

What English Neoclassical sculptor was one of the most successful artists of his day, leaving the equivalent of £1 million in his will?

What American painter, printmaker, cartoonist, illustrator, and children’s books author is best known for his children’s book “Corduroy”?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/11/august-11/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/17~

This artist designed the cover for the Bauhaus 1919 manifesto written by Walter Gropius: an expressionist woodcut called “Cathedral”.

During 1929-38, this artist photographed New York’s buildings, documenting the old before it was torn down and recording new construction.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/07/17/july-17/

Rube Goldberg: Born July 4, 1883


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http://www.rube-goldberg.com/wiki/

[Rube Goldberg’s] father…convinced Rube to study Engineering at the School of Mining Engineering at UC Berkeley. He went on to graduate from UC Berkeley with a degree in Engineering in 1904.

After graduation, Rube Goldberg took on a position designing sewer pipes for the San Francisco Water and Sewers Department…he lasted six months. Rube Goldberg followed his passion and began to shift gears to pursue his previous dreams and pursue a career as a cartoonist.

Rube Goldberg made an important observation. In his eyes, many people seemed to be solving simple problems with overly complex contraptions. This…was his main inspiration for the “Inventions!” series. The most famous of which has come to be known as the Rube Goldberg Machine.

Rube Goldberg is the only cartoonist to be listed in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as an actual adjective. The phrase “Rube Goldberg” has been adopted into common use to mean “doing something simple in a very complicated way that is not necessary”.
http://interestingengineering.com/rube-goldberg-the-man-behind-the-worlds-craziest-machines/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/15~

What Seventeenth Century painter explained that, to him, various subjects made different demands on an artist and required very different expressive means to properly fulfill them?

What artist–renowned for drawings, paintings, prints, collages, and sculpture–drew the famous 1976 New Yorker cover “View of the World from 9th Avenue”?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/06/15/june-15/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/2~

What American cartoonist and pioneering female comic book artist helped create the long-running Marvel Comics characters Millie the Model and Patsy Walker?

What Dutch photographer’s major theme, people in transitional moments, was formed when she began her breakthrough Beach Portrait series (begun in 1992)?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/06/02/june-2/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/31~

This painter was only five years old when his father died and he grew up in Florence under the care of Il Bronzino, a family friend.

Best known for the creation of the “Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers”, this artist was one of the pioneers of the Underground Comix movement.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/05/31/may-31/