Every Artist Has a Birthday

and they all deserve a party

This is Sol LeWitt’s only 3D Wall Drawing. The story goes that he was invited to exhibit in Japan, but when he arrived, he was given 4 pegboard walls that he couldn’t alter. Typically he paints over a wall, so he had to come up with a new idea idea on the spot. That new idea was rolling 40,000 pieces of tissue paper and inserting them into the pegboard’s holes.
(Wall Drawing 38, 1970)

This is Sol LeWitt’s only 3D Wall Drawing. The story goes that he was invited to exhibit in Japan, but when he arrived, he was given 4 pegboard walls that he couldn’t alter. Typically he paints over a wall, so he had to come up with a new idea idea on the spot. That new idea was rolling 40,000 pieces of tissue paper and inserting them into the pegboard’s holes.

(Wall Drawing 38, 1970)

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#Sol LeWitt  #Art  #Conceptual Art  #MASS Moca  #Birthday  #Wall Drawing  #Tissue Paper 
Why is Sol LeWitt so cool? He felt that ideas aren’t owned, they are belong to those who understand the concept. So, he applied that to his art.
Every Wall Drawing (as he calls his paintings, drawings, etc.) has an official set of directions. Then essentially anyone (though at museums it’s usually a trained draftsman) can follow them to create the piece of art. 
When you purchase one of his Wall Drawings, you are buying the directions, NOT the piece of artwork on someone else’s wall. When it’s time for a Wall Drawing to change hands, they’d paint over the current piece and create a new version of it in its new home.
Meaning, there is only one official version of each Wall Drawing at any time, but it will be influenced by the draftsman and new environment each time it changes hands. Even if you wanted to move it to a different wall, you’d follow the same procedure.
Pretty cool. Today would have been Sol’s 86th birthday!
(Wall Drawing 1112, 2003)

Why is Sol LeWitt so cool? He felt that ideas aren’t owned, they are belong to those who understand the concept. So, he applied that to his art.

Every Wall Drawing (as he calls his paintings, drawings, etc.) has an official set of directions. Then essentially anyone (though at museums it’s usually a trained draftsman) can follow them to create the piece of art. 

When you purchase one of his Wall Drawings, you are buying the directions, NOT the piece of artwork on someone else’s wall. When it’s time for a Wall Drawing to change hands, they’d paint over the current piece and create a new version of it in its new home.

Meaning, there is only one official version of each Wall Drawing at any time, but it will be influenced by the draftsman and new environment each time it changes hands. Even if you wanted to move it to a different wall, you’d follow the same procedure.

Pretty cool. Today would have been Sol’s 86th birthday!

(Wall Drawing 1112, 2003)

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#Sol LeWitt  #Art  #Conceptual Art  #MASS MoCA  #Wall Drawing  #Birthday 
bjacity:

Meet Grandma Moses: she started painting childhood memories in her 70’s and didn’t stop until she died 30 years later.

bjacity:

Meet Grandma Moses: she started painting childhood memories in her 70’s and didn’t stop until she died 30 years later.

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#Grandma Moses  #Birthday  #Folk Art  #Artist Portait 
Happy 57th birthday to Ai Weiwei!
1-x-1-onetimesone:

Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995)
and
Colored Vases (2006)
Ai Wei Wei

Happy 57th birthday to Ai Weiwei!

1-x-1-onetimesone:

Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995)

and

Colored Vases (2006)

Ai Wei Wei

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#Ai Weiwei  #Birthday  #Contemporary Art  #Art  #Urn  #Han Dynasty 
“I believe I am channeling in the work an energy that is shared by all and which flows through everything. I am interested in the duality and contradiction of this energy - the tension between chaos and structure of progression and regression.” - Stephen Pusey
(Notes to Myself and Others #5, 2013)

I believe I am channeling in the work an energy that is shared by all and which flows through everything. I am interested in the duality and contradiction of this energy - the tension between chaos and structure of progression and regression.” - Stephen Pusey

(Notes to Myself and Others #5, 2013)

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#Stephen Pusey  #Art  #Contemporary Art  #Surrealist  #Hyper-Kinetic  #Birthday  #British Artist 
Rockwell Kent was given complete creative freedom when he illustrated Moby Dick.
There were only 1000 copies originally printed with his illustrations, which sold out nearly immediately.

Rockwell Kent was given complete creative freedom when he illustrated Moby Dick.

There were only 1000 copies originally printed with his illustrations, which sold out nearly immediately.

(Source: oneblueday)

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#Rockwell Kent  #Moby Dick  #Illustration  #Black and White  #Pen and Ink  #Whale  #Art  #Birthday 
"The entire photographic process is a metamorphosis. The artist can invent a reality which is personally more meaningful than the one literally given to the eye."
Happy belated birthday to Jerry Uelsmann
(Untitled, 1959)

"The entire photographic process is a metamorphosis. The artist can invent a reality which is personally more meaningful than the one literally given to the eye."

Happy belated birthday to Jerry Uelsmann

(Untitled, 1959)

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#Jerry Uelsmann  #Photography  #photo manipulation  #Not photoshop  #Owl  #Black and White  #Art  #Feet 
“Fuck them is what I say. I hate those e-books. They cannot be the future. They may well be. I will be dead. I won’t give a shit.”
Happy birthday to Maurice Sendak, who keeps the printed book alive.
(From In the Night Kitchen, 1970)

“Fuck them is what I say. I hate those e-books. They cannot be the future. They may well be. I will be dead. I won’t give a shit.”

Happy birthday to Maurice Sendak, who keeps the printed book alive.

(From In the Night Kitchen, 1970)

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#Maurice Sendak  #Art  #Illustration  #Ebooks  #Purist  #Birthday  #Artist  #KicksAss  #In the Night Kitchen 

midcenturymodernfreak:

1942 Harpers Bazaar Shoot at Rose Pauson HouseDiana Vreeland Spread | Photos: Louise Dahl-Wolfe | Shiprock, Arizona

In 1943 the house burned down when a fallen ember from the fireplace ignited a hand-woven curtain on a nearby window. All that remained was the ruins of the foundation and walls. The ruins became a local landmark known as “Shiprock” due to their prominent shape and location. The building was located on a hillock on the present alignment of 32nd Street.

Via: 1 | 2 | 3

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#frank lloyd wright  #birthday  #architecture  #harpers bazaar 
It is not I.M. Pei’s birthday (I missed it months ago), but I came across this picture today and love it too much to have to wait until next April 26 to post it. We can celebrate him any day!
(I.M. Pei New York City by Arnold Newman, 1967)

It is not I.M. Pei’s birthday (I missed it months ago), but I came across this picture today and love it too much to have to wait until next April 26 to post it. We can celebrate him any day!

(I.M. Pei New York City by Arnold Newman, 1967)

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#IM Pei  #Architect  #Black and White  #Portrait  #Arnold Newman 
huntingtonlibrary:

It’s Mary Cassatt’s birthday!! She was born 170 years ago today.
caption: Breakfast in Bed by Mary Cassatt, 1897. Birthday cupcake added by The Huntington.

huntingtonlibrary:

It’s Mary Cassatt’s birthday!! She was born 170 years ago today.

caption: Breakfast in Bed by Mary Cassatt, 1897. Birthday cupcake added by The Huntington.

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#Mary Cassatt  #Art  #Birthday  #Art gif  #female artist 
Eveline von Maydell created this silhouette of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova (with her own puppy performing a ballet), which Pavlova sent as her yearly Christmas card in 1923.

Eveline von Maydell created this silhouette of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova (with her own puppy performing a ballet), which Pavlova sent as her yearly Christmas card in 1923.

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#Eveline von Maydell  #Anna Pavlova  #Art  #Silhouette  #Ballerina  #Dogs in Art  #Tutu  #Birthday  #Hand Cut 
Pepito Gets Mounted, and Madeline With Him from Madeline in London.
This original painting from the book by Ludwig Bemelmans sold for $52,500.

Pepito Gets Mounted, and Madeline With Him from Madeline in London.

This original painting from the book by Ludwig Bemelmans sold for $52,500.

— 4 months ago with 6 notes
#Madeline  #ludwig bemelmans  #illustration  #children's books  #Pepito  #art  #awesome yellow jackets