Artist Birthday Quiz for 11/14~

Which French Impressionist’s quest to capture nature more accurately also prompted him to reject European conventions governing composition, color, and perspective?

Which American Regionalist started his career as an illustrator of pulp magazines, and eventually won prominence with anecdotal paintings and murals reflecting social attitudes of the 1930s?

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/12~

Which American painter and graphic artist gained fame in the early thirties for a series of paintings on the trial of the anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti, beginning a career which constantly addressed various social and political causes?

Which New Deal arts program muralist intentionally manipulated the topography in his 1937 Pittsburgh Panorama for that city’s Federal Courthouse and Post Office so that the finished image would resemble a hammer and sickle?

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/26~

What Mexican painter brainstormed with printmaker and publisher Luis Remba to create Mixografia, a bas-relief printing process that results in works that are mural-sized yet three-dimensional in texture?

What 20th Century African-American artist and art educator worked in both figural and abstract styles, with forms inspired by the dynamic compositions of African sculpture, painting, and textile design?

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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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Artist Birthday Quiz for 4/15~

This artist, scientist, naturalist and amateur inventor established what became the first public natural history museum in America.

This artist, along with Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, pioneered the regionalist movement in American art during the 1930s.

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John Thomas Biggers: Born April 13, 1924

Twentieth century artist John Thomas Biggers was an educator, painter and muralist. His travels in Africa in the 1950s influenced the depiction of social and cultural themes in his work.
John Thomas Biggers was born in Gastonia, North Carolina in 1924. The youngest of seven children, Biggers enrolled in Hampton Institute where he initially studied plumbing. However, he found that his true love was art and soon changed his major.

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 4/1~

What artist was a former slave, factory worker, and homeless welfare recipient who died leaving behind over 1200 drawings and paintings?

What American artist made a journey to England in 1878, to ensure accuracy for a book illustration job, and remained there for most of his life?

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Elihu Vedder: Born February 26, 1836

During the second half of the nineteenth century Elihu Vedder was among the ev1870most imaginative and independent of the American expatriate artists. After studying with the genre painter Tompkins H. Matteson in New York, Vedder traveled to Paris…In 1857 he moved to Florence…Vedder returned to the United States in 1860 and began to establish a reputation for imaginative literary paintings and book illustrations. He became a member of the Tile Club and the Century Association and an intimate of notable artistic and literary circles in New York.
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Elihu Vedder (1836–1923)~
From the Met Collection~
Elihu Vedder’s Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám~