Posts tagged: Artists

Born 100 Years Ago: JFK, Ella and So Many More

What a year for being born was 1917! Actor Dean Martin, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and jazz star Thelonius Monk all hit their 100th birthdays this year… and they can’t even crack the top …..

Let’s Harsh On Jeff Koons!

Last year, a piece of art by Jeffrey Koons sold for more than $58 million. Yes, it sucks, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. Read why from The New York Review of Books.

David Hockney on the iPad

English artist David Hockney has a show in Los Angeles called The Arrival of Spring. Drawings he did on an iPad.

All America is an Insane Asylum

Poet Ezra Pound said “All America is an insane asylum,” after being released from an American insane asylum in 1958.

Edvard Munch Biography: New!

Did today’s date — 12/12/12 — make you want to scream? That’s because it’s Edvard Munch’s 149th birthday!

Edward Gorey Biography: New!

We have a new biography of writer and illustrator Edward Gorey, and a couple of videos that show his work.

Frida Kahlo’s Dresses Go On Display

 Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was a fashion heroine in the 1930s. In November hundreds of her dresses will go on display for the first time.

Jackson Pollock Would Be 100

 Jackson Pollock would have been 100 years old this year, had he not drunkenly flipped his Oldsmobile and died in 1956.

Sylvia Plath Could Draw

Sylvia Plath was mostly known for her poems and her novel The Bell Jar. A recent exhibit at a London gallery reminds us she was also a fine artist.

Happy Birthday, Alexander Calder

Below is the Google tribute to Alexander Calder, who was born on July 22, 1898 in Lawnton, Pennsylvania:

“Sandy” Calder began his career as a sculptor when he was four years old. He had a little help — his father and his father’s father were both sculptors. And they were both named Alexander, too.

The Who2 Biography of J.J. Grandville

Please read our new biography of French caricaturist J.J. Grandville. That’s him just above, a self-portrait from a museum in his hometown of Nancy, France. If nothing else, follow the links from our biography to see some examples of his work beyond what we’re showing here:

A New Caravaggio Means More Caravaggiomania

A rediscovered painting thought to be by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is being exhibited for the first time as part of the show “Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome.” The painting is currently on exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada.

Norman Rockwell Writes a Fan Letter

“This is the second fan letter of my long career.”So begins a great little 1948 missive from artist Norman Rockwell to illustrator Al Parker — now found on the fabulous site Letters of Note.