Autoportrait Day 123~ Vanessa Bell

A random survey of self-portraits created by women through the centuries

English painter and designer Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)

1. Self-Portrait, c.1915 / Oil on canvas laid on panel / Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut

2. The Artist in her Studio, 1952 / Oil on canvas / Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut

3. Self-Portrait, c.1952 / Oil on canvas / Private collection

4. Self-Portrait, c.1958 / Oil on canvas / Charleston, Lewes, East Sussex, UK

5. Last Self Portrait at Charleston, 1960 / Oil on canvas / Private collection

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Born October 3~ Karin Bergöö Larsson

Karin Bergöö Larsson (October 3, 1859-February 18, 1928) was a Swedish artist and designer who collaborated with her husband, artist Carl Larsson, as well as being often depicted in his paintings.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karin_Berg%C3%B6%C3%B6_Larsson

Cherryblossoms by Karin Bergöö Larsson
1884 / Oil on panel / 18″x14-3/5″ / Private collection

Karin Bergöö Larsson on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/karin-larsson-berg%C3%B6%C3%B6/

Further reading:
https://skbl.se/en/article/KarinLarsson
http://www.svjlit.com/features/ikea-and-its-muses-by-magaret-thorell
https://101designers.com/2020/08/25/31-karin-larsson/
https://www.carllarsson.se/en/carl-and-karin/karin/

Born July 19~ Marcel Moore

Marcel Moore (July 19, 1892-February 19, 1972) was a French illustrator, collage artist, and designer. She is best known for her collaborative writing and photography with her partner Claude Cahun.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Moore

Judith by Marcel Moore
1926 / Illustration for Claude Cahun’s Héroïnes series of monologues / Jersey Heritage Trust

Marcel Moore on SFMOMA: https://www.sfmoma.org/artist/Marcel_Moore/

Further reading:
https://queerculturalcenter.org/claude-cahun/
http://andrejkoymasky.com/liv/fam/biom5/moore03.html
https://lithub.com/how-a-queer-couple-masterminded-a-nazi-resistance-campaign/

Born May 15~ Althea McNish

Althea McNish FSCD (May 15, 1924-April 16, 2020) was a textile designer who rose to prominence in London with her bright, tropical textiles inspired by the colors and landscape of her native Trinidad.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Althea_McNish

Painted Desert by Althea McNish / 1959 / Woven cotton satin screen
Various collections, including National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Althea McNish on Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum:
https://learninglab.si.edu/collections/althea-mcnish/zTbcYQWqoKl7Lpv1

Further reading:
https://www.selvedge.org/blogs/selvedge/althea-mcnish-remembered
https://www.libertylondon.com/us/features/design-and-living/archive-althea-mcnish.html
https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/althea-mcnish-an-introduction

National Arts and Humanities Month~ October 3

“Art That Inspires Us to Vote”

Illustrations by Mai Ly DegnanRudy GutierrezAnita KunzTim O’BrienWhitney Sherman, and Yuko Shimizu

One of the most famous American painters and illustrators, Norman Rockwell produced pithy artwork to promote democracy and civic engagement in his time. Now, a museum in Massachusetts dedicated to him asked artists to design “get out the vote” posters for 2020.
Source: The Norman Rockwell Museum wants you to vote, and recruited top illustrators to inspire you – CNN

“The Unity Project is an art and civics initiative of the Norman Rockwell Museum and contemporary illustrators that is dedicated to an inclusive America in which all voices are heard.
Inspired by the rich and continuing tradition of American illustration, this project inspires us to consider the integral role that published imagery plays in creating cultural narratives which connect us to our times.”  ~The Unity Project

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June 30~ Pride Month

Andy Warhol and Jed Johnson

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The celebrated designer Jed Johnson, who died tragically in 1996 in the crash of TWA Flight 800…first met artist Andy Warhol when he was hired to sweep the floors at Warhol’s famous factory. He would go on to become Warhol’s companion and lover—helping him find and decorate the East 66th Street townhouse where Johnson and the artist lived until the two split in 1976… ~curbed.com/

Jed Johnson and Archie by Andy Warhol
c.1975 / Polaroid prints / Private collection
Jed Johnson by Andy Warhol
1978-87 / Gelatin silver print / Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Jed Johnson by Andy Warhol
c.1978 / Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen / The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

January 26, 1950~ The Constitution of the Republic of India comes into effect

Title page of the Constitution of India
(original calligraphed and illuminated version)

Designed and illustrated by artists from Shantiniketan including Beohar Rammanohar Sinha and Nandalal Bose,
calligraphy by Prem Behari Narain Raizada

1949 / Ink on parchment / 234 23”x18” manuscript pages / Library of the Parliament of India, New Delhi

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Winter~ January 26

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Barbara Kruger: Born January 26, 1945

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