"California is always in my mind" - David Hockney, whose Lithograph of Water Made of Lines is pictured here.
"The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent." - David Hockney
Happy Birthday David Hockney! The British artist was born on this day in in Bradford, England. A painter, photographer, and set designer, Hockney was first associated with the Pop Art movement, and later renowned for his intimate portraits and naturalistic scenes of both the everyday and the artificial of California life.
Happy Birthday Frida
“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.”- Frida Kahlo
Happy Birthday Frida Kahlo! The celebrated Mexican painter was born on July 6, 1907, in Coyoacán, Mexico.
Celebrating Chuck Close
Happy Birthday Chuck Close! Born in Monroe, Washington, the artist celebrates his 73rd Birthday today.
Close moved to New York in 1967, where he became one of the founders of photorealistic painting, working at first in black-and-white before shifting to colorful, bright, and almost abstract paintings. Today, Close is best known for his large-scale photorealist portraits, composed of tiny airbrush bursts, thumbprints, or looping multi-color brushstrokes.
Celebrating Tracey Emin
Happy Birthday Tracey Emin! The enfant terrible of the British art scene celebrates her 50th Birthday today!
A member of the Young British Artists, Emin is best known for her installations and multimedia works which are frequently provocative and self-referential. She is probably most well know for her work titled My Bed, which is an installation of her bed, covered in condoms, stains, and cigarettes as it appeared during a time of emotional trauma, evoking the most essential and universal of human emotions.
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 161st birthday of Antoni Gaudí, the Catalan architect whose iconic buildings have left an enduring mark on Barcelona.
Born in Reus, Spain, in 1852, Gaudí was part of the art nouveau movement, but he was also a revolutionary engineer. His distinct vision incorporated nature, religion, and Catalan culture. Known to many as “God’s architect,” Gaudí’s deep Catholic faith has left admirers lobbying the Vatican to have him beatified.
Happy birthday John Baldessari! The renowned artist and teacher celebrates his 82nd birthday today. Since the mid-1950s, Baldessari has been fusing photography, montage, painting, and text to create complex compositions that explore interpretations of cultural iconography. Born in National City, CA, he is an important proponent of West Coast Art.
Remembering Egon Schiele
A major figure of Austrian Expressionism, Egon Schiele was born on this day in 1890.
Although his career was short, Schiele’s prolific work paved the way for Modernism. He is most known for Figurative works, self-portraits, and portraits that express a deeply personal and radical aesthetic, tinged with psychological and sexual subtext.
Happy Birthday Hirst
"Immortality is really desirable, I guess. In terms of images, anyway." -Damien Hirst
Happy birthday Damien Hirst! The British enfant terrible celebrates his 47th birthday today.
Winner of the 1995 Turner Prize, and, as of 2009, the wealthiest artist in history, Hirst rose to fame after the success of two warehouse shows he organized featuring his friends’ and his own work.
Happy Birthday Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper, born on this day in 1936, wasn’t just an Academy Award-nominated actor, director, screenwriter, and notorious bad boy. He was also a visual artist who created acclaimed photographs, paintings, and prints.
Unsurprisingly, Hopper’s photographs have a casually cinematic quality to them, especially when he focused on his famous friends and fellow artists—such as portraits of James Rosenquist, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol.
“I Think art is the only political power, the only revolutionary power, the only evolutionary power, the only power to free humankind form all repression.” -Joseph Beuys
A performance artist and sculptor who worked in post-World War II Germany, Joseph Beuys was born on this day in 1921. Firm in his belief that “everyone is an artist,” Beuys worked on public and political art for the last 20 years of his life.
Happy birthday Sally Mann! The famed photographer celebrates her 62nd birthday today!
Born in Lexington, VA, Mann received great acclaim and critique for her Immediate Family series, in which she photographed her own children, often nude, in ethereal, unsettling works, picturing the everyday activities and games of a child, while alluding to darker and more serious themes of loss, sexuality, loneliness, and death.
The historic Woolworth Building, nicknamed the Cathedral of Commerce, turned 100 on Tuesday. We’re lucky enough to work on the 26th floor of the Neo-gothic tower, which overlooks all of downtown New York City.
Celebrating Cy Twombly
“I would’ve liked to have been Poussin, if I’d had a choice, in another time.” - Cy Twombly
Happy birthday Cy Twombly! The artist, who belonged to the Post-Abstract Expressionist generation, was born on this day in 1928 in Lexington, VA.
Twombly’s early works draw on a gestural abstraction, similar to the work of Franz Kline (American, 1910–1962), but he quickly developed a personal Graffiti-like style, laden with references to literature. For many years, Twombly was better known in Europe than in the United States, but today he is recognized worldwide as one of the most inventive painters of his generation.
Willem de Kooning
"I don’t paint to live, I live to paint." - Willem de Kooning
A leading figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement, famed artist Willem de Kooning was born on this day in 1904 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.