Black History Month in Visual Arts~ February 26

Radiation Explorations 8 by Mildred Thompson

1994 / Oil on canvas / 87 1/2”x110 1/8” / ©The Mildred Thompson Estate/Galerie Lelong & Co, NY

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See also: February 26~ African-American visual artists

Black History Month in Visual Arts~ February 8

Miss Bailey with the African Shawl by Elise Forrest Harleston

(By happenstance, today is the birthday of Elise Forrest Harleston)

1930 / Photograph / Dimensions unknown
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library

[The painter Edwin Augustus] Harleston often used photographs taken by Elise as source material for his portraits. One example of this practice is Miss Sue Bailey with the African Shawl, widely regarded as one of the artist’s finest works.

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See also: February 8~ African-American visual artists

January 15, 1951~ Photograph of “The Irascibles” appears in LIFE magazine

The Irascibles by Nina Leen

Photographed November 24, 1950

“From left, rear, they are: Willem de Kooning, Adolph Gottlieb, Ad Reinhardt, Hedda Sterne; (next row) Richard Pousette-Dart, William Baziotes, Jimmy Ernst (with bow tie), Jackson Pollock (in striped jacket), James Brooks, Clyfford Still (leaning on knee), Robert Motherwell, Bradley Walker Tomlin; (in foreground) Theordoros Stamos (on bench), Barnett Newman (on stool), Mark Rothko (with glasses).”

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Entire issue online here~

Previous January 15 posts:

Winter~ January 15

Frances Benjamin Johnston: Born January 15, 1864

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/15~

December 11, 1936~ Edward VIII announces he has abdicated the throne

Woman of the Year 1936 by Dorothy Wilding

TIME named Wallis Warfield Simpson as their first-ever Woman of the Year

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Left: Cover of TIME magazine by Dorothy Wilding / January 4, 1937
Hand colored photograph / Volume XXIX, Number 1
Right: Wallis, Duchess of Windsor by Dorothy Wilding / 1935 / Bromide print
9 7/8”x7 1/8” / National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

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Previous December 11 posts:

December 11~ Animals in Art

Artist Birthday Quiz for 12/11~

October 24, 1931~ George Washington Bridge dedicated; opens to traffic the next day

George Washington Bridge,
Riverside Drive and 179th Street, Manhattan
by Berenice Abbott

1936 / Gelatin silver print / 9 15/16”x7 15/16” / Various, incl. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

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Previous October 24 posts:

Autumn~ October 24

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/24~

October 7, 1955~ Allen Ginsberg reads “Howl” at Six Gallery in San Francisco

Carl Solomon by Allen Ginsberg

1953 / Gelatin silver print; printed later / Image: 13 1/4”x13 7/16” / © The Allen Ginsberg LLC.

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Howl by Allen Ginsberg
For Carl Solomon~

Previous October 7 posts:

Autumn~ October 7

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/7~

September 5, 1977~ NASA launches the Voyager 1 spacecraft

The Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park  by Ansel Adams

1942 (Negative) / Gelatin silver print / This photo was one of the images included on the Golden Record
launched into space on both Voyager spacecrafts

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The Golden Record Both Voyager spacecrafts carry a greeting to any form of life, should that be encountered. The message is carried by a phonograph record—a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. The contents of the record were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University. Dr. Sagan and his associates assembled 115 images and a variety of natural sounds. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings from Earth-people in fifty-five languages.

Index of images~

Previous September 5 posts:

Hispanic Artists~September 5

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/5~

August 29, 1966~ The Beatles’ final live concert

The Beatles, Exiting Plane  by  Jim Marshall

1966, San Francisco Airport / Silver Gelatin Photograph / Various collections

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Audio: Candlestick Park, San Francisco: The Beatles’ final concert~

Previous August 29 posts:

Self Portraits~August 29

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/29~

August 23, 1995~ Photographer and photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt dies

Big Fish, Sarasota, Florida by Alfred Eisenstaedt

Photographed in 1959 / Gelatin silver print / Image: 13 1/16”x10 1/16” / Various collections

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Previous August 23 posts:

Self Portraits~August 23

Alexander Milne Calder: Born August 23(?), 1846

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/23~