Born September 20~ Adrian Piper

“Adrian Margaret Smith Piper (born September 20, 1948) is a first-generation Conceptual artist and analytic philosopher who was born in New York City.”
Adrian Piper’s “reconstructed” Wikipedia:
http://adrianpiper.com/removed-and-reconstructed-en.wikipedia-biography.shtml

Political Self-Portrait #2 (Race) by Adrian Piper
1978 / Photostat collage / 36″x24″ / Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Collection

Adrian Piper on Wikiart: https://bit.ly/3CvyDEv

Further reading:
https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/about/feminist_art_base/adrian-piper
https://www.shadesofnoir.org.uk/creatives/portfolio/adrian-piper/
https://carnegiemuseums.org/magazine-archive/2001/marapr/awm1.htm

Born September 12~ Carmen Lomas Garza

Carmen Lomas Garza (born 1948) is an American artist and illustrator. She is well known for her work inspired by her Mexican-American heritage.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Lomas_Garza

Nopalitos Frescos by Carmen Lomas Garza
1979 / Color lithograph / 9″x6″ / Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Publications by Carmen Lomas Garza: http://carmenlomasgarza.com/publications/

Further reading:
https://americanart.si.edu/artist/carmen-lomas-garza-6783
https://www.famsf.org/blog/carmen-lomas-garza-artist-studio-april-2011
https://sites.google.com/student.mckinneyisd.net/walker-learning-commons/library-links/carmen-lomas-garza

Born July 30~ Betye Saar

Betye Irene Saar (born July 30, 1926) is an African-American artist known for her works in assemblage, collage, and printmaking.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betye_Saar

Gris-Gris Box by Betye Saar
1972 / Mixed-media assemblage / 29″x8-1/2″x2-3/4″ / Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Betye Saar on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/betye-saar/

Further reading:
https://hammer.ucla.edu/now-dig-this/artists/betye-saar
https://sculpturemagazine.art/ritual-politics-and-transformation-betye-saar/
https://www.artfuljaunts.com/magazine/how-betye-saars-travel-sketchbooks-guide-her-powerful-sculptures-about-race-in-america
https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a36182098/betye-saar-daughters-in-conversation/

Born May 31~ Ágnes Dénes

Ágnes Dénes (born May 31, 1931) is a Hungarian-born artist and a leading figure in conceptual, environmental, and ecological art.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnes_Denes

The Living Pyramid by Ágnes Dénes
2015 / Wood, soil, grasses, and flowers / Height: 30′ / Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY

Ágnes Dénes on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/agnes-denes/

Further reading:
http://www.agnesdenesstudio.com/index.html
https://www.architectural-review.com/essays/reputations/agnes-denes-1931
https://theshed.org/program/6-agnes-denes-absolutes-and-intermediates

Born May 23~ Marisa Merz

Marisa Merz (May 23, 1926-July 20, 2019) was an Italian artist and sculptor. In 2013 she was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marisa_Merz

Untitled (Living Sculpture) by Marisa Merz
1966 / Aluminium / Overall displayed dimensions variable / Tate London, UK

Marisa Merz on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/marisa-merz/

Further reading:
https://awarewomenartists.com/en/artiste/marisa-merz/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/marisa-merz-obituary-1606417
https://philamuseum.org/calendar/exhibition/marisa-merz

Born May 14~ Betty Woodman

Betty Woodman (May 14, 1930-January 2, 2018) was an American ceramic artist whose pieces ranged from massive site-specific murals to fragmentary columns and carpet-like floor pieces.
Biography on Woodman Family Foundation: https://www.woodmanfoundation.org/betty/biography

(Detail) Alessandro’s Rooms by Betty Woodman
2011 / Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, laquer, acrylic paint, canvas

102-1/2″x354-1/2″x15-3/4″ / Photos from Salon 94, New York, NY

Betty Woodman on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/betty-woodman/

Further reading:
https://hyperallergic.com/419859/betty-woodman-obituary/
https://www.wallpaper.com/art/betty-woodman-david-kordansky-gallery-los-angeles
http://artistproject.metmuseum.org/5/betty-woodman/

Born May 10~ Lenore Tawney

Lenore Tawney (May 10, 1907-September 24, 2007) was an American artist known for her sculptural weaving and assemblages.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenore_Tawney

Lenore Tawney with Drawing In Air XV (The Crossing)
1998 / Linen, wood / 96″x48″x24″ / Lenore G. Tawney Foundation

Lenore Tawney on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/lenore-tawney/

Further reading:
https://www.artic.edu/artists/36890/lenore-tawney
https://magazine.artland.com/lost-and-found-artist-series-lenore-tawney/
https://www.craftcouncil.org/magazine/article/lenore-tawney-spiritual-revolutionary

Born April 20~ Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems (born April 20, 1953) has developed a complex body of art employing images, text, fabric, audio, installation, and video.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Mae_Weems

After Manet by Carrie Mae Weems
2002 / C-print framed with concave glass / 32″ diameter, 4″depth / Jack Shainman Gallery, NYC

Carrie Mae Weems on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/carrie-mae-weems/

Further reading:
http://carriemaeweems.net/bio.html
https://www.moma.org/artists/7177
https://www.culturetype.com/2020/08/13/carrie-mae-weems-on-kitchen-table-series-not-simply-a-voice-for-african-american-women-but-more-generally-for-women/

RESIST COVID/TAKE 6! Carrie Mae Weems: http://socialstudiesproject.org/

Born March 21~ Daria Dorosh

Daria Dorosh (born on March 21, 1943) is an artist, educator, and activist. She is among the co-founders of A.I.R. Gallery, established in 1972 as the first not-for-profit, artist-directed and maintained gallery for women artists in the U.S.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daria_Dorosh

Night Jewelry: Dream of Patterns by Daria Dorosh
2014-2015 / Textiles, wool, gemstones, lavender, copper, photography
14 1/2″x5 3/4″ / A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC

Daria Dorosh on Artsy: https://www.artsy.net/artist/daria-dorosh/works-for-sale

Further reading:
https://www.airgallery.org/history/
https://womensvoicesforchange.org/grace-visits-artist-daria-dorosh.htm
http://www.fashionlabinprocess.com/html/next.aboutflip.html

National Arts and Humanities Month~ October 14

Nee Nee in Braddock by Swoon

2014 / Eight-color screenprint on handmade, hand-painted paper
31″x22″ / Various collections, including Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

“We know that works of art can enhance the patient environment when carefully chosen and thoughtfully curated. Artworks lend comfort, beauty and wit to the environment. They promote innovation by challenging our ways of seeing. Above all, they assert the strength of our humanity in the face of sickness and misfortune.”
~http://www.clevelandclinic.org/lp/power-of-art/

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