Edward Ruscha: Born December 16, 1937


Stopping off in New York City on his way back
[from Europe], he paid a call on Leo Castelli, whose gallery showed Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella. No introduction, no calling beforehand—he just walked in with the Paris paintings under his arm. Castelli, all European charm and suavity, said that Ruscha’s work looked interesting, and told him to stay in touch. Ruscha stayed in touch for twelve years, visiting the gallery on his occasional trips to New York, and in 1973 Castelli became his New York dealer. Ruscha never seriously considered moving East. “That was too big a decision, and too big a jump,” he told me. “It just didn’t feel like it was meant to be.” He wanted to live in Los Angeles, and by the time he returned from Europe he knew that the only thing he could possibly be was an artist. “I could see I was just born for the job, born to watch paint dry,” he said.
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/07/01/ed-ruschas-l-a

Biography~ http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/edward-ruscha-1882
Where is Rocky II?~ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/documentary-mysterious-ed-ruscha-work-gets-north-american-premiere-at-lacma-962057
Edward Ruscha’s Deadpan Artistry~ http://broadstreetonline.org/2015/01/edward-ruschas-deadpan-artistry/

 

Artist Birthday Quiz for 12/5~

What 20th century American painter’s work was a bridge between the highly personal, expressive gestures of Abstract Expressionism and the simplified, spare geometric forms of Minimalism?

What 20th century French artist initially gained international recognition for his paintings, but was also fluent in a variety of media including lithography, tapestries, and stained glass?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/12/05/december-5/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 11/18~

This 16th century Italian artist established the local tradition of historical fresco painting through his many decorations of Genoese churches and palaces.

This Flemish artist was active in the southern Netherlands at the time when demand was high for decorative schemes embodying the tenets of the Counter-Reformation.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/11/18/november-18/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 11/15~

When this artist died in 1986 her ashes were scattered over New Mexico’s unique and vibrantly colored landscape, which she had painted for so much of her life.

This artist’s best-known works are paintings of everyday items such as sandwiches, gumball machines, cakes, and pies rendered in thick paint and and bright pop-art colors.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/11/15/november-15/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/9~

What American modern artist’s depictions of factories, granaries, and other industrial subjects predate those of fellow Precisionists Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth?

What artist wrote in 1971, “All intervening steps…are of interest. Those that show the thought process of the artist are sometimes more interesting than the final product.”

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/09/09/september-9/

Venice Artist Residencies

Founded in 1969, the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica is the premier university program in Venice for Printmaking and Book Arts, as well as the most established and equipped studio for professional and practicing artists.


The Scuola has 8 etching presses, 1 lithographic press, 1 vertical woodcut press,1 Vandercook letterpress, aquatint box, and, in a separate serigraphy studio, exposure unit and 2 serigraphy tables.


In addition, 2 drawing/painting studios accommodate up to 8 artists, and our Graphic Design computer room has 20 iMacs to be used by resident artists in digital imaging, as well as film editing.

Throughout the year, the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica offers Residency Programs for professional and established artist, as well as for scholars.



Fees and Participation Information

via Venice Artist Residencies – Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venezia

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 8/24~

Which Renaissance painter, regarded as the first woman artist outside a court or convent, was commissioned to make not only portraits — the typical subject matter for women painters — but also religious and mythological paintings?

Which feminist artist — noted for her series such as Black Paintings and War Series — expressed her outrage and anger in both art and action, joining several activist groups including the Art Workers Coalition and Women Artists in Revolution?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/24/august-24/