Artists Unframed: Snapshots from the Smithsonian's Archives by Merry A. Foresta

By Merry A. Foresta

Tucked away one of the letters, diaries, and different ephemera within the Smithsonian's information lies a trove of hardly ever visible snapshots of a few of the 20th century's such a lot celebrated artists. not like the established professional images and genius-at-work photographs, those humble snaps catch inventive giants with their safeguard down, within the second, residing existence.

Pablo Picasso stands proudly on a balcony with younger daughter Maya—a tiny, meticulously inked annotation penned by way of an unknown hand broadcasts that "he's greatly in love." Jackson Pollock morosely carves a turkey whereas his mom, Stella, and spouse, Lee Krasner, glance on. a tender Andy Warhol clowns for the digicam with university good friend Philip Pearlstein, and in a later shot extra heavily resembles his famously enigmatic public self at a gallery beginning with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

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1920 — George Ault painting outdoors George Ault (1891 – 1948) was an American painter whose style was shaped by his interest in a curious mix of the avant-garde, realism, and folk art. George Ault Papers, 1892 – 1980 28 — 1911 — Walt Kuhn painting outdoors in Ogunquit, Maine Walt Kuhn, Kuhn Fa mily Papers a nd Armory Show R ecords, 1859 – 1978 29 I n 1932 Grant Wood (1891–1942), Edward Beatty Rowan (1898– 1946), and Adrian Dornbush (1900–1970) founded the Stone City Art Colony near Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

To supplement his income he did commercial photography—mostly shooting artwork for galleries and catalogs. He moved to the Woodstock art colony with his first wife, artist Katherine Schmidt, in 1927. They built a house and enjoyed the relaxed community of artists. His friend and Woodstock neighbor, painter and photographer Konrad Cramer (1888–1963), also shot his friends’ artwork and commissioned portraits, as well as informal photographs such as this one of a smiling Kuniyoshi. No photograph of Cramer by Kuniyoshi can be found, but perhaps the two were enjoying an afternoon of photography, taking turns as subject and photographer.

She was brilliant at using marketing and advertising to get her artists included in museum exhibitions and public collections. As one brochure stated, the Downtown Gallery had “no prejudice for any one school. ” By the mid-1960s, when this snapshot of an exultant Halpert was taken, exhibitions of modern American art from her collection were touring throughout the United States and Europe. 42 — sept. 1965 — Edith Gregor Halpert Downtown Gallery R ecords, 1824 – 1974 43 U na Hanbury (1904–90) was born in England.

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