August 24, 1926~ Feminist artist & activist Nancy Spero is born

The Goddess Nut II by Nancy Spero

1990 / Paint and printed collage on five panels of paper / 84”x110”
© Nancy Spero and Leon Golub Foundation for the Arts/VAGA at ARS, New York

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Previous August 24 posts:

Self Portraits~August 24

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/24~

August 13, 1892~ Baltimore Afro-American newspaper founded

The Watch Dog by Romare Bearden

Cartoon published in the Baltimore Afro-American, June 20, 1936
Afro-American Newspapers Archives and Research Center, Baltimore

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Previous August 13 posts:

Self Portraits~August 13

George Luks: Born August 13, 1867

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/13~

June 28, 1846~ Adolphe Sax files 14 patents for the saxophone

All The Things You Are by Romare Bearden

1987 / Collage, color dyes, and watercolor on board / 36”x24” / Private collection?

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Previous June 28 posts:

Pride Month~ June 28

June 28 & 29, 1969~ the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/28~

Hispanic Artists~September 28

Beef Ribs Longhorn  by  Jean‐Michel Basquiat

1982 / Acrylic, oilstick, and paper collage on canvas, on tied wood supports / 60”x60” / The Broad, Los Angeles, CA
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Un Sueño Libre  by  Juan Sanchez

1987 / Lithograph and collage, color / 22”x29” / Edition of 25

Love & War~ May 21

Hannah Höch (1889-1978)

Liebe [Love] / 1931 / Drawing, collage / 8.5”x8.25” / National Gallery of Australia

Hannah Höch was a German Dada artist. She is best known for her work of the Weimar period, when she was one of the originators of photomontage. ~monoskop.org

In the summer of 1918, while Höch and [her lover of the time, Austrian-born artist Raoul Hausmann] were on vacation at the Ostsee, they claimed to have discovered the principle of photomontage in the form of the cut-and-paste images that soldiers on the front sent to their families. This find would significantly affect Höch’s artistic production, for photomontage became the preferred medium for her shrewd social and political critiques of the 1920s. ~monoskop.org

While she may have been remembered by her bombastic Dada colleagues for her “sandwiches, beer and coffee”, her lifetime of artistic practice reveals a vital and critical woman who could magically collide disparate reproductions of needlepoint patterns, political figures, film stars, animal life and non-Western artifacts into explorations of androgyny, Aryan activity, gender roles, imperialism, race and lesbianism. ~frieze.com

The Coquette I (1923-1925)

Hoch began the Love series as early as 1923, and worked on it intermittently through about 1931. Each of the six or seven works in this series depict sexuality in some way. My understanding is that the following pieces were in this series:

Love in the Bush (1925)
Peasant Wedding Couple (1931)
Love (1926)
Love (1931)
The Coquette I (1923-1925)
The Coquette II (c.1925)
The Large Step (1931)

 

MoMA’s catalog for their 1997 exhibition “The photomontages of Hannah Höch” is available to download in pdf format~
https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/241

Love (1926)

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March 23~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Lee Krasner (1908-1984), One of the first generation Abstract Expressionist painters
https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/krasner-lee

Gold or Silver / 1954 / Oil and paper collage on Masonite / 48”x61 3/4”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remedios Varo (1908-1963)
Spanish-Mexican painter known for her contributions to Surrealism and Symbolism
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Remedios-Varo

Modernidad (Modernity) / 1936 / Pencil, gouache and graphite on plywood / 31”x19”

February 27~ African-American visual artists

Mark Bradford (Born 1961), African-American painter and mixed-media collage artist
https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/mark-bradford

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mickalene Thomas (Born 1971), African-American mixed-media artist, filmmaker, and curator
https://nmwa.org/explore/artist-profiles/mickalene-thomas

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
https://tyler.temple.edu/alumni/barbara-chase-riboud

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
http://www.purvisyounggallery.net/

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
http://cbldf.org/2016/02/profiles-in-black-cartooning-matt-baker/

http://cbldf.org/2016/02/profiles-in-black-cartooning-matt-baker/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Betye Saar (Born 1926)
American-American artist known for assemblages and installations
https://hammer.ucla.edu/now-dig-this/artists/betye-saar/

https://americanart.si.edu/blog/eye-level/2010/02/896/wishing-winter