Born April 14~ Howardena Pindell

Artist, scholar, educator, writer, and curator, Howardena Pindell (born April 14, 1943) works across figuration, abstraction, and conceptualism.
Biography on MCA Chicago: https://pindell.mcachicago.org/about/artist-biography/

Memory: Past by Howardena Pindell
1980–1981 / Mixed media on canvas / 126″x84″/ Museum of Modern Art, NYC

Howardena Pindell on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/howardena-pindell/

Further reading:
https://www.airgallery.org/howardena-pindell
https://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/howardena-pindell-41
https://awarewomenartists.com/en/artiste/howardena-pindell/

Born April 12~ Clare Leighton

Clare Marie Veronica Leighton (April 12, 1898-November 4, 1989) was an English/American artist, writer, and illustrator, best known for her wood engravings.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clare_Leighton

Blackbird on Nest, from the Series: Four Hedges by Clare Leighton
1935 / Wood engraving / Image: 6 15/16″x4 7/8″
Various collections, including Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

Clare Leighton on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/clare-leighton/

Further reading:
https://library.williams.edu/2021/02/12/clare-leightons-garden-path/
https://pallant.org.uk/the-industrious-artist-clare-leighton/
https://www.artsbma.org/exhibition/an-epic-of-earth-and-water/

Born April 5~ Nancy Holt

Nancy Holt (April 5, 1938-February 8, 2014) was an American artist most known for her public sculpture, installation art, concrete poetry, and land art.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Holt

Sun Tunnels by Nancy Holt
1973-76 / 4 22-ton concrete cylinders / each 9′ high x 18′ long / Great Basin Desert, Utah

Nancy Holt on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/nancy-louise-holt/

Further reading:
https://awarewomenartists.com/en/artiste/nancy-holt/
https://holtsmithsonfoundation.org/biography-nancy-holt
https://brooklynrail.org/2014/03/art/remembering-nancy-holt

Born March 12~ Elaine de Kooning

Elaine Marie Catherine de Kooning (March 12, 1918-February 1, 1989) was an Abstract Expressionist and Figurative Expressionist painter.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elaine_de_Kooning

Seated Man by Elaine de Kooning
c.1950-1952 / Oil on paper / 36 1/8″x24 1/8″ / The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC

Elaine de Kooning on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/elaine-de-kooning/

Further reading:
https://nmwa.org/art/artists/elaine-de-kooning/
https://www.blackmountaincollege.org/elaine-and-willem-de-kooning-the-summer-of-1948/
https://www.danspapers.com/2020/09/artists-residence-history-elaine-de-kooning-house/

Born March 7~ Bernarda Bryson Shahn

Bernarda Bryson Shahn (March 7, 1903-December 13, 2004) was an American painter, lithographer, and writer and illustrator of children’s books.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernarda_Bryson_Shahn

Crash by Bernarda Bryson Shahn
1929 / Lithograph / Image: 10 1/10″x8 1/5″ / National Gallery of Art, DC

Bernarda Bryson Shahn on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/bernarda-bryson-shahn/

Oral history interview with Bernarda Bryson Shahn, 1983:
https://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-bernarda-bryson-shahn-11655#transcript

Further reading:
https://archive.org/details/ohioalumnusjune1359ohio/page/12/mode/2up?view=theater
https://www.wescover.com/p/murals-by-bernarda-bryson-shahn-at-bronx-general-post-office-grand-concourse–PrkXxmfBemeM
https://www.ifpda.org/artist/401

Born March 1~ Fay King

Fay Barbara King (March 1889-presumed dead after 1954) was an American illustrator, journalist, and cartoonist.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fay_King_(cartoonist)

Further reading:
https://www.denverpost.com/2017/10/15/denver-post-cartoonist-fay-king/
http://strippersguide.blogspot.com/2013/01/ink-slinger-profiles-fay-king.html
https://looking-for-mabel.webs.com/fayking.htm

Fay King Cartoon about death of Anne Sullivan: https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth:b85164240

Scrapbook compiled by cartoonist and journalist, Fay King, 1916-1919:
https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:513610#?c=&m=&s=&cv=&xywh=-1656%2C0%2C5936%2C2999

Born January 16~ Gerta Overbeck

Gerta Overbeck was a painter, teacher, and a participant in the German New Objectivity movement
Biography on FemBio: https://www.fembio.org/english/biography.php/woman/biography/gerta-overbeck/

Six-day race Westfalenhalle Dortmund by Gerta Overbeck
1926 / Indian ink drawing on paper / 8 4/5″x11 1/4″
Museum for Art and Cultural History of the City of Dortmund, Germany

Gerta Overbeck on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/gerta-overbeck-schenk/

Further reading:
https://www.gseart.com/artist/gerta-overbeck-schenk/bio
https://www.widewalls.ch/magazine/gerta-overbeck
Google translation of “women / ruhr / history” site

June 23~ Pride Month

George Platt Lynes, Monroe Wheeler, and Glenway Wescott

There are four links below:

Wescott was the author of novels, poetry, short stories, and essays…He met Wheeler, his life partner, in 1919 in Chicago; they settled in France in 1925, but returned to the U.S. in 1934, establishing residence in New York City. In 1927, [photographer George Platt Lynes] met Wescott and Wheeler and they formed an intimate threesome that endured for nearly twenty years. ~https://www.lib.umd.edu/kaporter-correspondence/individuals/glenway-wescott-monroe-wheeler-and-george-platt-lynes

1. Self Portrait, George Platt Lynes, n.d. / Gelatin silver print / Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

2. Monroe Wheeler c.1930-49 / Gelatin silver print / National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

3. Glenway Wescott, n.d. / Gelatin silver print / Keith de Lellis Gallery, NY, NY

June 14~ Pride Month

Berenice Abbott and Elizabeth McCausland

There are seven links below

The art critic <<<Elizabeth McCausland sought out Berenice>>> in 1934 and transformed her life. For thirty years, until McCausland’s death, the two women were devoted companions and professional soul mates. ~The Paris Review

 

 

In 1937 the Museum of the City of New York mounted an exhibition, Changing New York, of Abbott’s photographs for the FAP. This prompted interest in publishing a Changing New York book that would include both the photographs and captions written by Elizabeth McCausland, a writer, art critic, and Abbott’s longtime partner.
~MCNY Blog: New York Stories

McSorley’s Ale House, 15 East 7th Street, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
1937 / Silver gelatin print / from the Book Changing New York