Autoportrait Day 109~ Betye Saar

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

Assemblage artist and printmaker Betye Saar (born 1926)

1. Anticipation, 1961 / Screenprint / Various collections, including MoMA, NYC

2. Black Girl’s Window, 1969 / Assemblage / Museum of Modern Art, NYC

3. Mystic Sky with Self-Portrait, 1992 / Color offset lithograph and collage
Various collections, including RISD Museum, Providence, RI

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Born December 2~ Gülsün Karamustafa

Gülsün Karamustafa (born 1946, Ankara, Turkey) is a visual artist and filmmaker. Her installations, paintings, sculptures, and videos examine the complexities of gender, globalization, and migration.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%BCls%C3%BCn_Karamustafa

Prayer Rug with Elvis by Gülsün Karamustafa
1986 / Tapestry collage / 70-4/5″x41-1/3″ / Photo from SALT Research Library

Gülsün Karamustafa on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/gulsun-karamustafa/

Further reading:
https://www.guggenheim.org/map/gulsun-karamustafa
http://www.hasta-standrews.com/scotland/2021/5/19/glsn-karamustafa-portraying-the-personal
https://m.bianet.org/english/art/248579-contemporary-artist-gulsun-karamustafa-receives-roswitha-haftmann-prize

Born October 12~ Carolee Schneemann

Carolee Schneemann (October 12, 1939-March 6, 2019) was an American visual experimental artist, known for her multi-media works on the body, narrative, sexuality and gender.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolee_Schneemann

Four Fur Cutting Boards by Carolee Schneemann / 1962-63
Oil paint, umbrellas, motors, light bulbs, string lights, photographs, fabric, lace, hubcaps, printed papers, mirror, nylon stockings, nails, hinges, and staples on wood / 90-1/2″x131″x52″ / ©Estate of Carolee Schneemann

Carolee Schneemann on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/carolee-schneemann/

Further reading:
https://library.stanford.edu/blogs/stanford-libraries-blog/2019/03/tribute-carolee-schneemann-1939-2019
https://www.interviewmagazine.com/art/carolee-schneemanns-art-is-not-made-for-your-comfort
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/mar/08/carolee-schneeman-performance-artist-taught-us-how-to-live

Born April 5~ Nancy Holt

Nancy Holt (April 5, 1938-February 8, 2014) was an American artist most known for her public sculpture, installation art, concrete poetry, and land art.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Holt

Sun Tunnels by Nancy Holt
1973-76 / 4 22-ton concrete cylinders / each 9′ high x 18′ long / Great Basin Desert, Utah

Nancy Holt on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/nancy-louise-holt/

Further reading:
https://awarewomenartists.com/en/artiste/nancy-holt/
https://holtsmithsonfoundation.org/biography-nancy-holt
https://brooklynrail.org/2014/03/art/remembering-nancy-holt

December 17, 1949~ Original Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire closes

Poker Night (from A Streetcar Named Desire) by Thomas Hart Benton

1948 / Tempera and oil on linen mounted on composition board / 36”x48” / Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC

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Previous December 17 posts:

December 17~ Animals in Art

Artist Birthday Quiz for 12/17~

December 16, 1913~ Charlie Chaplin begins his film career

Charlot Cubiste by Fernand Léger

1924 / Painted wooden elements, nailed on plywood / 29”x13”x2 2/5”
Pompidou Centre, National Museum of Modern Art, Paris

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Link~ Le Ballet Mécanique: The Historic Cinematic Collaboration Between Fernand Legér and George Antheil
What is Charlie Chaplin Doing in Ballet Mechanique?~ https://www.flickeralley.com/chaplin-in-ballet-mechanique/

Previous December 16 posts:

December 16~ Animals in Art

Edward Ruscha: Born December 16, 1937

How Kandinsky helped create abstract art

Artist Birthday Quiz for 12/16~

November 13, 1940~ Walt Disney’s film Fantasia premieres in New York City

Fantasia Program Cover by Gyo Fujikawa

1940 / 26 pp+cvr / 12 3/4”x9 5/8” / Various collections incl. Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Movie originally released in 13 U.S. cities as road show w/assigned seating, programs, & ushers

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Previous November 13 posts:

November 13~ Artists at their Easels

Artist Birthday Quiz for 11/13~

October 28, 1897~ American costume designer Edith Head is born

Brown Evening Dress Design for “To Catch a Thief”  by Edith Head

1954 / Watercolor and gouache over graphite sketch on paper / 12 1/2”x16 1/2”
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, Madison

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Wisconsin Historical Society~
https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records?&terms=Edith%2cHead&facets=CREATOR_NAME%3a%22Head%2c+Edith%22
30 Fantastic Movie Costumes by the Legendary Edith Head~
https://www.thecut.com/2013/10/30-fantastic-movie-costumes-by-edith-head.html

Previous October 28 posts:

Autumn~ October 28

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/28~

June 15, 1878~ Eadweard Muybridge successfully captures a horse in motion in series of photographs

The ZoopraxiscopeHorse Galloping by Eadweard Muybridge

c.1893 / Outlines drawn by Erwin F. Faber, lithographed, hand colored / 12″ disc
Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division, Washington, DC

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More about Eadweard Muybridge~
https://schristywolfe.com/2016/04/09/eadweard-muybridge-born-april-9-1830/

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Pride Month~ June 15

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/15~