July 15, 1923~ Jazz drummer Philly Joe Jones is born

Philly Joe Jones by Francis Wolff

Date unknown / Black & white photograph shot with twin-lens, square-format Rolleiflex / ©Francis Wolff

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The Blue Note Photographs of Francis Wolff~
The Impossibly Cool Album Covers of Blue Note Records: Meet the Creative Team Behind These Iconic Designs~
Cool, clear, collected~

Previous July 15 posts:

Summer~ July 15

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/15~

June 30, 1905~ Battleship Potemkin leaves Odessa, sails towards Black Sea Fleet

Poster for Eisenstein’s movie Potemkin by Dolly Rudeman

1926 / Color lithograph / 42 1/2”x25 1/2” / International Advertising & Design DataBase

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“Postering Potemkin”~ https://www.tiff.net/the-review/postering-potemkin
“Battleship Potemkin: What happened to the ship after the movie was over?”~

Previous June 30 posts:

Pride Month~ June 30

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/30~

March 28, 1939~ Generalissimo Francisco Franco conquers Madrid

“Do not let your family live the drama of the war:
To evacuate Madrid is to help in the final victory”
by Girón

c.1936-1937 / Lithograph, 3 colors / 39 2/5”x27” / Southworth Collection, University of California San Diego

Illustrated timeline of the Spanish Civil War~

Previous March 28 posts:

March 28~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/28~

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.

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

Love & War~ May 24

Victory Gardens

During World War I, Liberty Gardens (and later, Victory Gardens) grew out of the government’s efforts to encourage home gardening among Americans, both to express their patriotism and to aid the war effort by freeing up food production for soldiers.

As part of the (World War II) effort, the government rationed foods like sugar, butter, milk, cheese, eggs, coffee, meat and canned goods. Labor and transportation shortages made it hard to harvest and move fruits and vegetables to market. So, the government turned to its citizens and encouraged them to plant “Victory Gardens.” They wanted individuals to provide their own fruits and vegetables.

Americans were encouraged to grow their own to ensure everyone at home had enough to eat…There were 20 million gardens everywhere from rooftops and empty lots to backyards and schoolyards. 40% of produce, which made over 1 million tons, consumed in America was grown in victory gardens. People learned how to can and preserve so the harvests lasted all year.

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/22~

What French painter, illustrator, and designer began painting in an Impressionist style but then became successively involved with the Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism movements?

What Dutch graphic and type designer has developed many popular typefaces, including those used by the signage systems of the Dutch highways and the Amsterdam metro?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/01/22/january-22/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/1~

Which painter began his training in Venice but — due to persistent brushes with the law, including a murder charge — worked in a multitude of European cities such as Rome, Milan, Florence, and Vienna?

Which graphic designer’s first commercial work came when he was 13, creating hand-drawn and lettered posters for the local Knottingley Cricket Club and earning sixpence a week for six posters?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/01/august-1/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/29~

What American painter — best known for his genre paintings, paintings of scenes from everyday life, and portraits of people both famous and unknown — was a co-founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

What British advertising designer, poster artist, and illustrator won first place in a poster competition held by the London City Council in 1935, and from that point on freelanced as a graphic artist?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/07/29/july-29/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/2~

What Hungarian-born photographer, who had a profound effect on hand-held photography, died in New York in 1985 leaving behind 100,000 negatives, many of which to this day remain unseen?

What designer, typographer, & painter wanted to be a chemist but when his parents couldn’t afford tuition turned to art, eventually co-founding one of Switzerland’s best-known ad agencies?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/07/02/july-2/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/9~

Which painter of the Dutch Golden Age devoted himself almost exclusively to painting church interiors, using precise perspective?

Which of the founders of the San Francisco Bay Area graphic design movement “Pacific Wave” was also a fine artist known for large-scale paintings?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/06/09/june-9/