Every Artist Has a Birthday

and they all deserve a party

As part of the piece In Search of the Miraculous, Dutch performance artist Bas Jan Ader set sail from Cape Cod in the small boat seen above.
His boat washed ashore 10 months later near Ireland. He was never seen again.Today would be his 72nd birthday.
(In Search of the Miraculous, 1975)

As part of the piece In Search of the Miraculous, Dutch performance artist Bas Jan Ader set sail from Cape Cod in the small boat seen above.

His boat washed ashore 10 months later near Ireland. He was never seen again.Today would be his 72nd birthday.

(In Search of the Miraculous, 1975)

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#Bas Jan Ader  #birthday  #art  #lost at sea  #photography  #contemporary art  #sailboat  #black and white  #conceptual art 
Happy Birthday to Jamini Roy, pioneer of the Modern Art movement in India!
(Mother and Child)

Happy Birthday to Jamini Roy, pioneer of the Modern Art movement in India!

(Mother and Child)

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#Jamini Roy  #Art  #Indian Art  #Modern Art  #Painting  #Birthday  #Southeast Asian Art  #Beautiful  #Bengali 
Rock will always represent the extravagant, the flash, the fantasy. That’s what it’s all about. These pictures are a memento to that dream.” - Guy Peellaert
(Elvis Presley’s Last Supper)

Rock will always represent the extravagant, the flash, the fantasy. That’s what it’s all about. These pictures are a memento to that dream.” - Guy Peellaert

(Elvis Presley’s Last Supper)

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#Guy Peellaert  #Birthday  #art  #Elvis  #The Last Supper  #rock art  #rock dreams 
Guy Peellaert depicts David Bowie emerging from Lou Reed’s shadow.
Reed told Peellaert in jest: “How did you know? That bitch stole everything from me.”
(Lou Ree and David Bowie from Rock Dreams, 1970-73)

Guy Peellaert depicts David Bowie emerging from Lou Reed’s shadow.

Reed told Peellaert in jest: “How did you know? That bitch stole everything from me.”

(Lou Ree and David Bowie from Rock Dreams, 1970-73)

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#Guy Peellaert  #Rock art  #art  #birthday  #lou reed  #david bowie  #celebrity portrait  #rock dreams  #painting  #belgian artist 
Max Ernst snuggles with his pup.
Happy 123rd birthday to Ernst, one of the founders of the Surrealist and Dada movements.

Max Ernst snuggles with his pup.

Happy 123rd birthday to Ernst, one of the founders of the Surrealist and Dada movements.

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#Max Ernst  #Art  #Birthday  #Dada  #Surrealist  #Artist Portrait  #Artist with his cute cute dog  #Dog 
Anthony van Dyck painted more than 40 portraits of King Charles I. The King was extremely short - under 5 feet - so van Dyck had to get creative to show the King in the best light.
(Charles I at the Hunt, 1635)

Anthony van Dyck painted more than 40 portraits of King Charles I. The King was extremely short - under 5 feet - so van Dyck had to get creative to show the King in the best light.

(Charles I at the Hunt, 1635)

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#anthony van dyck  #birthday  #portrait  #flemish art  #royal art  #art  #dutch painting  #king charles  #cool boots 
Happy Birthday to the legendary pin-up artist Gil Elvgren!
(Pot Luck!, 1961)

Happy Birthday to the legendary pin-up artist Gil Elvgren!

(Pot Luck!, 1961)

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#Gil Elvgren  #Birthday  #pin-up  #pin-up girl  #jackpot  #sin city  #american art  #art  #illustration 
"If you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do. That’s the key to the whole thing."
Happy 85th birthday to Bill Cunningham, pioneer of street photography!
(Bill Cunningham, NY, 1984, Roxanne Lowit)

"If you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do. That’s the key to the whole thing."

Happy 85th birthday to Bill Cunningham, pioneer of street photography!

(Bill Cunningham, NY, 1984, Roxanne Lowit)

— 1 month ago with 2 notes
#Bill Cunningham  #Art  #Birthday  #Photography  #Portrait  #Black and white  #Street Photography  #Photographer  #Cutie  #fashion photographer  #85 and rockin it 
David Smith with his sculpture Australia (1951).
Some interpret the piece to be a (abstract) leaping kangaroo.

David Smith with his sculpture Australia (1951).

Some interpret the piece to be a (abstract) leaping kangaroo.

— 1 month ago with 2 notes
#David Smith  #Art  #Birthday  #Sculpture  #Abstract Expressionism  #Steelwork  #Portrait  #Australia  #Kangaroo  #Animals in art 
"There was not one; there were Seven Lady Godivas, and their nakedness actually was not a thing of shame."
From Dr. Seuss’ The Seven Lady Godivas, one of his first books and among the few written for adults.

"There was not one; there were Seven Lady Godivas, and their nakedness actually was not a thing of shame."

From Dr. Seuss’ The Seven Lady Godivas, one of his first books and among the few written for adults.

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#Dr. Seuss  #Birthday  #Illustration  #Lady Godiva  #Loveyourbody  #Bumbum  #Cartoonist 
"I am a travelling salesman. I deal in ideas." - Martin Kippenberger
(A souvenir family photo from when Kippenberger was a kid. He is fourth from the front.)

"I am a travelling salesman. I deal in ideas." - Martin Kippenberger

(A souvenir family photo from when Kippenberger was a kid. He is fourth from the front.)

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#Martin Kippenberger  #Art  #Contemporary Art  #Family Portrait  #German artist  #Birthday 
Happy 112th birthday to Ansel Adams!
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Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park, 1941

Happy 112th birthday to Ansel Adams!

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Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park, 1941

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#ansel adams  #yosemite  #art  #photography  #half dome  #black and white  #<3 

Two peacock vases by Louis Comfort Tiffany, expert in stained glass and pottery.

The left inspired by the regal figure of the bird, and the right by the eye of the peacock.

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#Louis Comfort Tiffany  #Art  #Birthday  #Peacock  #Vase  #Vessels  #tiffany & co.  #Louis Tiffany 
The models of American Gothic with their painted selves.
Happy Birthday to Grant Wood!

The models of American Gothic with their painted selves.

Happy Birthday to Grant Wood!

(via theoddmentemporium)

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#Grant Wood  #American Gothic  #Portrait  #Art  #Birthday  #Farmers  #American Painting  #AIC 

Robert Morris’ Observatory is designed to track the solstices and equinoxes, and is considered a modern-day Stonehenge.

Happy 83rd Birthday, Robert Morris!

(Observatory, 1971-77)

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#Robert Morris  #Birthday  #Contemporary Art  #Land Art  #Earthworks  #Art  #Sculpture  #Flevoland  #The Sun