Pride Month~ June 19

Cy Twombly (1928-2011) Iconic large-scale marks scribbled and smeared on raw canvas or linen
http://www.galerie-karsten-greve.com/en/cy_twombly/biography

Untitled [Gaeta] / 2007 / Acrylic, wax crayon, lead pencil on wooden panel / 99 1/4”x217 3/8”

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Artist, director and producer explored popular culture in his work
http://warholfoundation.org/legacy/biography.html

Flowers / 1964 / Offset lithograph / sheet: 22 13/16”x23 1/16″

Pride Month~ June 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Cavanaugh (1921-1985)
American sculptor worked primarily in lead
http://www.cavanaughfoundation.org/aboutjohncavanaugh.php

Alice B. Toklas / John Cavanaugh Sculpture Garden / 1801 Swann St NW, D.C.

 

 

 

Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008)
Influential American artist employed a vast array of media and materials
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/nov/19/robert-rauschenberg-just-something-be-around

Satellite / 1955 / Oil, fabric, paper, and wood on canvas, with taxidermied pheasant / 79 3/8”x43 5/16”x5 5/8”

Pride Month~ June 10

Erté (1892-1990)  Russian-born French artist, illustrator, and designer
http://gayinfluence.blogspot.com/2013/12/erte.html

Masquerade / 1987 / Embossed serigraph with foil stamping on black paper / 28”x40”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claude Cahun (1894-1954)
Startlingly original and enigmatic photographic images
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Claude-Cahun

Don’t Kiss Me, I’m in Training (Claude Cahun + Marcel Moore) / 1927 / Monochrome print / 4 5/8”x3 1/2”

Pride Month~ June 9


Grant Wood (1891-1942)
One of three leaders of the American Regionalist movement
http://archive.boston.com/ae/books/articles/2010/11/07/candid_examination_of_iconic_painter_grant_wood/

Parson Weems’ Fable / 1939 / Oil on canvas / 38 3⁄8” x50 1⁄8”

Hubert Stowitts (1892-1953) Dancer, film actor, painter, designer, and metaphysician
http://www.queer-arts.org/archive/jan_98/stowitts/biography.html

Work of Stowitts for “The Fox-God”, an opera in 3 acts / 1939 / Mounted color plate from painting / 15 1/4”x13”

Love & War~ May 25

Charles & Ray Eames

(Learn more by clicking on hyperlinks)

Charles was a designer with an eye for form. Ray was an artist with an eye for color. They complemented each other on projects like coat hangers, films, their namesake chairs, and large architectural projects. Through four decades of creative work, they revolutionized design and created an indelible mark on American History. The duo was not without faults, but the pair proved to be inseparable and inspirational. They were the Eameses.

The Eames studio—part workshop, part circus— was a partnership of two free spirits: one, an architecture school dropout who never got his license; the other, a painter trained by Hans Hofmann who used objects or any other surface as her canvases. They shunned the term “artist” as pompous.

Charles and Ray Eames arrived in Los Angeles in 1941, a year after they met at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Charles was married to his first wife, Catherine at the time, but Ray began assisting him and Eero Saarinen in their designs for the Museum of Modern Art’s Organic Design in Home Furnishings Competition, and soon he divorced Catherine and married Ray.

There is always a karmic danger in marrying someone with whom you committed adultery. The women at the company almost uniformly describe him as charismatic. At one point (that we know of), Charles was looking to leave Ray, and was only stopped because the woman confesses, she couldn’t do that to Ray. (, Pasadena Art & Science Beat, https://ageofthegeek.org/2011/11/23/eames-the-architect-and-the-painter-or-why-feminism-matters/ )

Their partnership, which obliterated the distinctions between private and professional lives, inspired numerous contemporary working marriages…Charles and Ray, architect and artist, wanted to do everything — disciplinary boundaries meant nothing to them — and, by and large, succeeded.

The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention
AD Classics: Eames House / Charles and Ray Eames
The Love Letters of Charles & Ray Eames

March 28~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

 

Bridget Riley CH CBE (Born 1931)
British painter and designer central to the Op art movement of the 1960s
http://www.op-art.co.uk/bridget-riley/

Zephyr / 1976 / Acrylic on linen / 88”x42”

 

 

 

 

Eva Hesse (1936-1970)
German-born American sculptor who brought organic, emotional, and kinetic aspects to minimalism
https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/eva-hesse

Untitled (Rope Piece) / 1969-70 / Latex, rope, string, and wire / Dimensions variable

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/31~

What artist is perhaps best known for the two bronze lions that mark the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago Building?

In 2000, the AIA recognized one of which architect’s buildings as the fourth most significant structure of the twentieth century?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/01/31/january-31/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/25~

What Dutch Golden Age artist’s early works were so similar in style and subject to Rembrandt that collectors once thought that they were Rembrandt’s?

What Japanese game designer’s all-time classic video game concept of eating in order to gain power was inspired by Popeye?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/01/25/january-25/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/6~

In 1861, this artist self-published a folio edition of etchings for Dante’s Inferno, which became instantly successful and to this day colors our collective imaginings of the Divine Comedy.

This Russian suprematist/constructivist painter, theatrical designer, and book illustrator divided her life between Kiev, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Vienna, and Paris.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2016/01/06/january-6/