February 27~ African-American visual artists

Mark Bradford (Born 1961), African-American painter and mixed-media collage artist

Across 110th Street / 2008 / Mixed-media collage on canvas / 102”x144”










Mickalene Thomas (Born 1971), African-American mixed-media artist, filmmaker, and curator

Tamika sur une Chaise Longue Avec Monet / 2012 / Rhinestones, acrylic, oil, and enamel on wood panel / 108”x144”


February 22~ African-American visual artists

Barbara Chase-Riboud (Born 1939)
African-American visual artist, novelist, and poet

Malcolm X #3 / 1969 / Polished bronze, rayon, and cotton / 8’ 6 1/2”x3’ 1”x2’ 8”



Purvis Young (1943-2010)
African-American artist blending painting/drawing/collage

Untitled / 1985-1999 / Paint on wood / 36”x47 1/4”x1”

February 19~ African-American visual artists


Clarence Matthew “Matt” Baker (1921-1959)
Credited as the first successful African-American comic book artist

Phantom Lady #13 / August 1947 / Fox Feature Syndicate







Betye Saar (Born 1926)
American-American artist known for assemblages and installations

Wishing for Winter / 1989 / Mixed media / 40 3/4”x19 1/4”x2 1/4”

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


Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/5~

This self-taught Paris-born American painter was introduced into the circle of surrealist artists in 1924, and subsequently participated in all the Surrealists’ major exhibitions.

Known for his use of thick impasto and his highly abstract landscape paintings, this Russian-French painter was one of the most influential European artists of the post-war period.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2016/01/05/january-5/

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 11/29~

What second generation Abstract Expressionist painter’s surfaces tended to be neither geometric nor gestural, and to be dominated by one color and one shape?

What artist created “Time Dust” (1992), measuring seven by thirty-five feet and considered at the time to be the largest and most complex fine art print ever made?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/11/29/november-29/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/22~

What artist, whom Picture Post magazine called “the greatest war photographer in the world”, died in Vietnam when he stepped on a land mine in 1954?

What artist coined the term Combines for his non-traditional materials and methods which blurred the division between painting and sculpture?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/22/october-22/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/2~

What artist, famous for his themes of African-American life, was a longtime social worker and active in several arts organizations dedicated to promoting minority artists?

What German photographer decided to leave advertising to study at the Düsseldorf Academy, where she taught photography and also met her future husband & artistic partner?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/09/02/september-2/