Pride Month~ June 22


Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989)
Photographer left a vast and provocative body of work
https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/robert-mapplethorpe

Robert Rauschenberg / 1983 / Gelatine silver print on paper / 18 3/4”x14 7/8”

 

Martin Wong (1946-1999) Painter played a pivotal role in the Lower East Side arts scene in the 80s/90s
http://www.bronxmuseum.org/exhibitions/martin-wong-human-instamatic

Attorney Street (Handball Court with Autobiographical Poem by Piñero) / 1982-84 / Oil on canvas / 35 1/2”x48”

Pride Month~ June 20

Jasper Johns (Born 1930)
Iconic artist defined the period between Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/03/22/jasper-johns-flag-is-a-flag/

Watchman / 1967 / Lithograph / Sheet: 36 1/16”x24 3/16″

 

 

David Hockney (Born 1937)
British painter, printmaker, photographer, and designer
https://artuk.org/discover/artists/hockney-david-b-1937

Blue Interior and Two Still Lifes / 1965 / Acrylic on canvas / 57”x56 3/4”

Pride Month~ June 15


Ruth Bernhard (1905-2006)
German-born American photographer shot almost exclusively in black-and-white
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Bernhard

Doll’s Head / 1936 / Photographic print / 7 11/16”x 9 9/16”(image)

 

Richard Bruce Nugent (1906-1987)
Writer, artist, and illustrator associated with the Harlem Renaissance
https://ubuntubiographyproject.com/2017/07/01/richard-bruce-nugent/

Cover drawing for Opportunity: Journal of Negro Life / Vol. 4, No. 39, March 1926

Pride Month~ June 14

Cecil Beaton (1904-1980)  English photographer, diarist, artist, and designer
http://www.anothermag.com/art-photography/10296/ten-things-you-might-not-know-about-cecil-beaton

Sawai Man Singh II, Maharaja of Jaipur; Maharani Gayatri Devi, Rajmata of Jaipur /
1944 / Modern bromide print / 10”x9 7/8”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Cadmus (1904-1999 ) American artist who epitomized Magic Realism
http://www.notablebiographies.com/supp/Supplement-Ca-Fi/Cadmus-Paul.html

Bar Italia / 1953-1955 / Tempera on wood / 37 1/2”x45 1/4”

Pride Month~ June 12

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991)
Pioneering American documentary photographer
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/05/10/berenice-abbott-pictures-jazz-age/

Penn Station, Interior, Manhattan / 1935 / Photograph / 23”x 18 1/8”

Betty Parsons (1900-1982)
Abstract painter and sculptor best known as a dealer of mid-century art
http://www.alexandergray.com/artists/betty-parsons

Gold Stipple Moonshot / 1972 / Acrylic on canvas / 48”x48”

Pride Month~ June 10

Erté (1892-1990)  Russian-born French artist, illustrator, and designer
http://gayinfluence.blogspot.com/2013/12/erte.html

Masquerade / 1987 / Embossed serigraph with foil stamping on black paper / 28”x40”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claude Cahun (1894-1954)
Startlingly original and enigmatic photographic images
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Claude-Cahun

Don’t Kiss Me, I’m in Training (Claude Cahun + Marcel Moore) / 1927 / Monochrome print / 4 5/8”x3 1/2”

Love & War~ May 26

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Biographies:
International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum~ http://www.iphf.org/hall-of-fame/dorothea-lange/
PBS~ http://www.pbs.org/video/2365971488/

Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) documented the change on the homefront, especially among ethnic groups and workers uprooted by the war. Three months after Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the relocation of Japanese-Americans into armed camps in the West. Soon after, the War Relocation Authority hired Lange to photograph Japanese neighborhoods, processing centers, and camp facilities.

Lange’s earlier work documenting displaced farm families and migrant by Dorothea Langeworkers during the Great Depression did not prepare her for the disturbing racial and civil rights issues raised by the Japanese internment. Lange quickly found herself at odds with her employer and her subjects’ persecutors, the United States government.

To capture the spirit of the camps, Lange created images that frequently juxtapose signs of human courage and dignity with physical evidence of the indignities of incarceration. Not surprisingly, many of Lange’s photographs were censored by the federal government, itself conflicted by the existence of the camps.

The true impact of Lange’s work was not felt until 1972, when the Whitney Museum incorporated twenty-seven of her photographs into Executive Order 9066, an exhibit about the Japanese internment. New York Times critic A.D. Coleman called Lange’s photographs “documents of such a high order that they convey the feelings of the victims as well as the facts of the crime.”
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/wcf/wcf0013.html

 

FatherSonShorpy~ http://www.shorpy.com/dorothea-lange-photographs
National Archives~ https://www.archives.gov/news/articles/japanese-internment-75th-anniversary
National Park Service~ https://www.nps.gov/manz/learn/photosmultimedia/dorothea-lange-gallery.htm

(Learn more by clicking on hyperlinks)

William Henry Jackson: Born on April 4, 1843

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From age twelve until age ninety-nine, William Henry Jackson was involved on some level with photography. After a tour of duty in the Civil War, he headed West and eventually settled in Omaha, Nebraska, where he opened a portrait photography studio with his brother Edward. As Jackson explained, however, “Portrait photography never had any charms for me, so I sought my subjects from the house-tops, and finally from the hill-tops and about the surrounding country; the taste strengthening as my successes became greater in proportion to the failures.” In 1870 he accompanied geologist Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden on an expedition across Wyoming, along the Green River, and eventually into the Yellowstone Lake area. Jackson’s images were the first published photographs of Yellowstone. Partly on the strength of these photographs, the area became America’s first national park in March 1872.

On one of several independent expeditions that he headed, Jackson also became the first to photograph the prehistoric Native American dwellings in Mesa Verde, Colorado. He finally settled in Denver, Colorado, where he worked as a commercial landscape photographer and continued to publish his photographs as postcards. 
http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/artists/1853/william-henry-jackson-american-1843-1942/

http://www.iphf.org/hall-of-fame/william-henry-jackson/Jackson1

March 29~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Judy Chicago (Born 1939)
American feminist artist, art educator, and writer known for large collaborative art installations
https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/chicago-judy

Female Rejection Drawing from the Rejection Quintet / 1974 / Colored pencil and graphite on paper / 40”x30”

 

Carrie Mae Weems (Born 1953)
African-American photographer, performance artist, activist, filmmaker, and videographer
http://carriemaeweems.net/bio.html

Untitled (Kitchen Table Series) / 1990 / Gelatin silver print / 27 1/4”x27”

March 22~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

 

Lee Miller (1907-1977)
American Fashion and fine art photographer, photojournalist, Surrealist artist, writer, and model
https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/features/lee-miller

Women in fire masks, Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London / 1941 / American Vogue magazine

 

 

 

 

Dora Maar (1907-1997)
French Surrealist artist and photographer, painter, and poet
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Dora-Maar

Le Simulateur (The Simulator or The Pretender) / 1936 / Gelatin silver print / 11 1/2”x9”