Love & War~ May 25

Charles & Ray Eames

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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

February 26~ African-American visual artists

Kerry James Marshall (Born 1955), African-American painter and printmaker
https://www.npr.org/2017/03/28/521683667/kerry-james-marshall-a-black-presence-in-the-art-world-is-not-negotiable

Untitled (Studio) / 2014 / Acrylic on PVC panels / 83 5/16”x119 1/4”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whitfield Lovell (Born 1959), African-American artist combining monochromatic portraits with found objects
https://www.smith.edu/artmuseum/On-View/Past-Exhibitions/Whitfield-Lovell/About-the-Artist

Still / 1999 / Charcoal on wood, found objects / 96”x68”x48”

Artist Birthday Quiz for 12/31~

This French draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor, and painter was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, whose career spanned almost six and a half decades and whose influence fundamentally altered the course of modern art.

This Harlem Renaissance sculptor was one of the first African American women to enroll in the Navy; she was commissioned to do a portrait of FDR and the profile of Roosevelt found on the U.S. dime is believed to be based on her artwork.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/12/31/december-31/

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 10/26~

Which Russian artist, whose work included studies of Asian life and British-Indian history, enjoyed his greatest popularity both at home and abroad for his paintings of battles?

Which late 19th/early 20th-century artist was one of the few women painters of her time to achieve international recognition, enabling her to support both herself and her sister?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/26/october-26/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/25~

This Spanish artist with a prolific output that includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, costumes — and even plays and poems — spent most of his adult life in France.

This late-blooming American expressionist painter and printmaker studied biochemical engineering at City College of New York for three years before switching to fine arts in his last year.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/25/october-25/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/21~

This 19th century American painter and illustrator, an accomplished artist before her marriage to a famous author, edited and published some of his notebooks after his death and then began working on her own writings.

After the outbreak of World War II, this German-French painter served in the Foreign Legion and later in the Free French; he was gravely wounded at the German Front and one of his legs was amputated.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/09/21/september-21/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/27~

This Dutch Golden Age artist, specializing in richly detailed flower paintings and other still lifes, often included an image of a red admiral butterfly (symbolizing life, death and resurrection) in various locations within her paintings.

This American artist, once described as combining “bad taste and good ideas”, worked in every conceivable medium — found objects, textile banners, assemblage, collage, drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, music, video, and photography.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/27/august-27/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/23~

Which Scottish artist and sculptor died in 2008 at age 100, having been the last living link with the art nouveau period in Glasgow?

Which artist produced ground-breaking works in the 60s that established his reputation as one of America’s leading conceptualists?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/23/august-23/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/4~

This artist blazed a spectacular but short-lived trail through Flanders during the second quarter of the 16th Century as a painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, designer, writer, publisher, traveler and entrepreneur.

This painter was one of the artists dubbed the Irascible 18 after she and 17 prominent Abstract Expressionists signed an open letter to the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, accusing the museum of hostility to “advanced art”.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/04/august-4/