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Romare Bearden: 1911 – 1988

Born on September 2, 1911 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Romare Bearden was a multi-talented artist and one of America’s foremost collagists.  Bearden’s family moved to New York City in 1914 in an attempt to distance themselves from Jim Crow’s “separate but equal” laws. Bearden initially studied at Lincoln University but transferred to Boston University where […]

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Man Ray: 1890 – 1976

Born Emmanuel Radnitzky on August 27, 1890 in Philidelphia, PA, Man Ray was an influential artist, best known for his avant-garde photography. He was a leading figure (and the only American) to play a  significant role in the Dada and Surrealist movements. Ray grew up in Brooklyn, New York and showed artistic ability at an […]

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Rufino Tamayo: 1899-1991

Born to a Zapotecan Indian family on August 26, 1899, Rufino Tamayo is one of Mexico’s most renowned painters. An orphan by age 12, Tamayo moved to Mexico City to live with his aunt who enrolled him in commercial school.  He began taking drawing lessons in 1915 and from 1917 to 1921, he studied at […]

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You Are A Marvel: Herakut

Nice short film by Jeremy Asher Lynch featuring Herakut. Quote by Pablo Casals. You are a Marvel – Herakut from Two Dollars Please on Vimeo.

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Andy Warhol: 1928 – 1987

Born Andrew Warhola on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Andy Warhol was a painter, printmaker, and filmmaker and a  pivotal figure in the formation of the  Pop Art movement. Warhol was the son of working-class Slovakian immigrants. His frequent illnesses in childhood often kept him bedridden and at home. During this time, he formed […]

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George Tooker: 1920 – 2011

Born on August 5, 1920, in Brooklyn, New York, George Clair Tooker Jr. grew up in suburban Bellport, Long Island and took painting lessons from a family friend as a child.  Tooker  graduated from Harvard University in 1942 where he studied English Literature and continued to pursue his interest in art. Tooker was discharged from […]

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Bethany Marchman: Painting

Born in 1974 in Winter Park, Florida, Bethany Marchman studied at Columbus College of Art and Design and the University of Georgia. Marchman worked in Atlanta as an illustrator and storyboard artist until recently when she  decided to focus solely on painting. “Using traditional oils to create parallels between innocence and influence/ history and popular […]

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Top Ten Art Sales of 2009

1. Raphael’s (1483-1520) chalk drawing “Head of a Muse” sold for 29.2 million pounds ($47.6 million) at Christie’s London on Dec. 8, setting an auction record for a work of art on paper. It was bought by the U.S.-based collector Leon Black, chief executive of Apollo Global Management LLC and a trustee of the Metropolitan […]

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Allison Sommers: Potter’s Field @ Thinkspace Gallery

Brooklyn based artist Allison Sommers (featured) has a new exhibition on at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, California. Inspired by historical wars including WWI & the American Civil war,  “Potter’s Field” includes Sommers’ signature style of miniature scale paintings composed of gouache on paper  with creatures, either employed as soldiers, beasts or nurses amongst, engaged […]