Friday, March 24, 2017

Birthdays: Weston, William Morris, Juan Gris, Yayoi Kusama!, Agnes Martin

March 24, 1886. Edward Henry Weston (March 24, 1886 - January 1, 1958) was a 20th century American photographer. He has been called one of the most innovative and influential American photographers In this image: The 1937 gelatin silver print of a ranch along the San Simeon Highway in California, left, taken by Edward Weston is one of many viewed by Bruce Polonsky, standing, and Betsy McCutchen at the Portland Art Musuem in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004. Weston's use of crisp resolution, negative space and light patterns can be seen in each of the artist's photos currently on exhibit at the Museum in the show, "Edward Weston: A Photographer's Love of Life", through Nov. 28.

Cabbage and Vine fabric

Design for "Tulip and Willow" indigo-discharge wood-block printed fabric, 1873.
Happy Birthday to artist and textile designer William Morris, March 24  in 1834:

William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was an English textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist. Associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, he was a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts and methods of production. His literary contributions helped to establish the modern fantasy genre, while he played a significant role in propagating the early socialist movement in Britain.

Portrait of Picasso, 1912, oil on canvas, the Art Institute of Chicago
 Happy Birthday to Spanish painter and sculptor Juan Gris, born March 23  in 1887:

José Victoriano (Carmelo Carlos) González-Pérez (March 23, 1887 – May 11, 1927), better known as Juan Gris (Spanish: [ˈxwan ˈɡɾis]; French: [gʀi]), was a Spanish painter and sculptor born in Madrid who lived and worked in France most of his life. Closely connected to the innovative artistic genre Cubism, his works are among the movement's most distinctive.

 Happy 88th B-day (Born March 22, 1929( to "polka dot queen" Yayoi Kusama! TBT to her work in

Yayoi Kusama (草間 彌生 or 弥生 Kusama Yayoi, born March 22, 1929) is a Japanese artist and writer. Throughout her career she has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, soft sculpture, performance art, and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition, and pattern. A precursor of the pop art, minimalist and feminist art movements, Kusama influenced her contemporaries such as Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, and George Segal and exhibited works alongside the likes of them.

She's become so popular that people destroy her work taking selfies of their smug faces. Too bad she had to join the increasing list of artists whose work has been damaged or destroyed by careless, thoughtless, selfish people.

Eternal Love for Pumpkins

Happy Birthday to abstract American painter Agnes Martin, born March 22 in 1912:

Nancy Princenthal's recent award-winning Martin biography chronicles how she was hospitalized several times for paranoid schizophrenia and required medication, while her homosexuality was manifest during a time when hostility and violence were not uncommon. But Princenthal correctly warns against the temptation to make strict biographical interpretations of the work, which Martin also resisted.

We love a good story of a crazy, disaffected artist, alienated from society and clinging to art as a desperate life raft. In Martin's unruffled but resolute retrospective, that's a distraction that also falls away. (Christopher Knight, LA TImes, April, 2016).

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

Fascinating reading! I knew about Edward Weston and William Morris. The rest were new to me. I feel sorry for the Japanese lady whose work is being trashed by people's selfishness. The madness seems to know no bounds as they are even killing animals with the insane need for selfies. A little respect would go a long way! The Spanish cubist gentleman is interesting. I had never heard of him, but I know Picasso (who doesn't?) and that portrait looks a bit like his work.