Peter Max: Born October 19, 1937

When Go-Go Met Day-Glo”
“LIFE Magazine, September 5, 1969: A Portrait of Peter Max as a Very Rich Man”

Born in Berlin in 1937, Max and his family fled Nazi-Germany to Shanghai where he would spend the first 10 years of his life. It was here where Max’s father, a reputable businessman, and mother first began to notice his artistic talents. The pair hired the daughter of a street vendor to conduct art lessons and serve as a nanny. Max began his formal art training at the Art Students League of New York in Manhattan…

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/10~

In 1886 this Irish-American artist, known for his trompe-l’œil still lifes, had a painting of a five dollar bill seized by the New York police from the wall of a saloon and was arrested for counterfeiting.

This Italian-born French couturière collaborated with the Surrealist artists Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dalí, and Leonor Fini, relying for her designs on both impulse of the moment and serendipitous inspiration.

Answers here~

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/13~

What Russian-born American sculptor specialized in the carving of allegorical and mythological figures, including Europa and the Bull, a fountain group that was a feature of the 1939 New York World’s Fair?

What American photographer of 80s and 90s fashion and celebrities concentrated on black-and-white photography which often portrayed his subjects in the visual language of classical Greek sculpture?

Answers here~

Irving Penn: Born June 16, 1917


CapoteThe photographer Irving Penn put Marcel Duchamp in a corner, exposed Colette’s forehead and swaddled Rudolf Nureyev’s lithe body in layers of winter clothing. His subjects, who included many of the greatest creative talents of the 20th century, emerged from their portrait sessions with their carefully shaped personas profoundly shaken. Mr. Penn died on Oct. 7, 2009; he was 92.Fashion1
As one of the 20th century’s most prolific and influential photographers of fashion and the famous, Mr. Penn’s signature blend of classical elegance and cool minimalism was recognizable to magazine readers and museumgoers worldwide.

Vogue: Irving Penn~

Fashion2Art Institute of Chicago: Irving Penn Archives~

Time Magazine: Appreciation –The Photos of Irving Penn~,29307,1929105,00.html

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/5~

Which designer studied human anatomy, mathematics, and engineering at Los Angeles University to help bolster the quality of his shoe designs?

Which artist took the monumental scale of New York School Abstract Expressionism and applied it to his collage paintings?

Answers here~

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/16~

Which post-war Soviet Union painter, despite the mixed critical reception to his work, was able to lead a highly successful career due to his many supporters in the state cultural bureaucracy?

Which contemporary French fashion designer enrolled in art history and museum studies, planning to become a museum curator, until he realized that his true calling was fashion and costume design?

Answers here~

Keith Haring: May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990


Renowned street artist Keith Haring…was born on May 4, 1958, in Pennsylvania, and died in New York in 1990. His eponymous foundation was established a year before his death, and provides grants to those affected by AIDS.

Keith Haring was born and grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania with his parents and three younger sisters. His father, Allen Haring, was a cartoonist who may have been an inspiration for him to pursue his artistic talents and certainly influenced his son’s work. Haring entered the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburg at age 17 and studied there for two years. He then tired of the commercial art genre and went on to study fine arts in New York City. Here at the School of Visual Arts he was inspired by graffiti art for the first time…

DrawingWhen not torn or cut from their locations by admirers, they would eventually be covered with new ads. The routine disappearance of these works, in fact, became an incentive for their replenishment and a catalyst for constant reinvention. While many were documented by photographer Tseng Kwong Chi…most of the drawings went unrecorded, thus creating one of the most epic and ephemeral projects in the history of the city.

By the mid-1980’s, Mr. Haring was also doing oil and acrylic paintings, asgracejones well as wall sculptures and free-standing constructions. He had 42 one-man exhibitions, and was represented in group shows like the 1983 Sao Paulo Bienal, the 1984 Venice Biennale and exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His works are also in the permanent collections of museums like the Stedelijk in Amsterdam, the Whitney in New York and the Beaubourg at the Pompidou Center in Paris.

Haring Kids~
The Keith Haring Foundation~

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Lee Miller: Born April 23, 1907

Lee Miller archives:

picAt the age of 19, Lee Miller was prevented from being hit by a truck in NYC by Condé Nast, the publisher of Vogue. Condé Nast thought she had the makings of a model, putting her on the cover of the magazine, which launched her modeling career. For a couple of years Miller was in high demand by photographers, until 1929 when a photograph of her taken by Edward Steichen was used to advertise Kotex pads, effectively ending her popularity as a model.kotex

Miller then moved to Paris, with the intention of working with Man Ray. She became his model, muse, collaborator, and lover, thus beginning a new career on the other side of the camera as well as continuing as a model.
Lee Miller returned to New York in 1932, where she set up her own studio. She continued to pursue dual careers as model and photographer, however photography became her primary interest.

Miller was married in 1934 and moved to Cairo. The following years saw a succession of lovers and locations, eventually landing her in London where once again Vogue magazine had a major influence on her life, this time as a photographer: her work for them included being their war correspondent during WWII. warShe covered many major events including Normandy, the Liberation of Paris, and the death camps of Dachau and Buchenwald. There was a famous photo of her taking a bath in Hitler’s apartment in Munich taken as the war drew to its close.
Miller’s only child was born in 1947, fathered by her lover Sir Roland Penrose, whereupon she divorced her husband and married Penrose. They settled in a farm in England. Miller became a gourmet cook and a hostess for some of the most famous artists and photographers of the time, but her life became colored by her ongoing clinical depression and she started on what her son described as a “downward spiral”. She died of lung cancer in 1977. After her death, 60,000 of her photographic negatives were found in a stash of cardboard boxes.withson

Lee Miller has such an amazing biography that I haven’t even attempted to cover it all. I recommend using Google to learn more about her life, or following some of the links I’ve posted here:
Victoria and Albert Museum~
Much More Than A Muse: Lee Miller And Man Ray~
Lee Miller’s Photographs of the Second World War~
Lee Miller and Picasso~
The Roving Eye~