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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio: 1571-1610

Born in Milan, Italy on September 29, 1571, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is considered one of the first great painters of the Baroque school and a revolutionary figure in European art. Caravaggio trained in Milan under the Lombard painter Simone Peterzano, a pupil of Titian – the leading painter of the 16th century Venetian school […]

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Mark Rothko: 1903-1970

Born on September 25, 1903, Mark Rothko (Marcus Rothkowitz), was a major Abstract Expressionist artist and had an important influence on the development of colour field painting. Latvian by birth, Rothko emigrated with his mother and sister to the United States in 1913, joining his father and 2 brothers who had come a few years […]

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Alma Thomas: 1891-1978

Born on September 22, 1891, in Columbus, Georgia, Alma Woodsey Thomas grew up in a family that encouraged education and appreciation of literature and the arts. In 1907, the family moved to Washington D.C., partly due to the Atlanta race riots, but also because Washington had better education and employment opportunities for African Americans than […]

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Grandma Moses – Anna Mary Robertson Moses: 1860-1961

Born on September 7, 1860, Anna Mary Robertson Moses (aka Grandma Moses) was one of the most successful and renowned artists in America and possibly the best known American artist in Europe.  Born in a farming community in Greenwich, New York, Moses had little formal education and left home at the age of 12 to […]

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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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C215: Christian Guémy-Street Art

This incredible stencil work is by the French street artist known as C215 (Christian Guémy).  For a complete bio and more images, visit C215’s photostream on Flickr.

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Scott Musgrove: How is the Empire?

One of my faves, Scott Musgrove has a new show at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York.  In this new exhibition called “How is the Empire?”, Musgrove’s paintings and sculptures “illustrate his creative take on evolution, presenting an alternative theory of un-natural selection that would conceivably cause Charles Darwin to turn over in his […]

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Liu Di: Photography

Born in 1985 in Shanxi Province, China, photographer Liu Di graduated from the Professional Photography Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2009. In 2010, the young artist won the Lacoste Elysee Prize for his series called “Animal Regulations”. Liu’s images are composed of over-sized animals set in suburban settings like […]