The Artist Birthday Series

Djuna Barnes

Djuna Barnes: writer and artist Djuna Barnes (June 12, 1892 – June 18, 1982) was an American writer and artist best known for her novel Nightwood (1936), a cult classic of lesbian fiction and an important work of modernist literature. She style is also considered to have been one of the early influencers of dark/black… Read More Djuna Barnes

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Jean Tinguely

Today’s Artist Birthday: Jean Tinguely Jean Tinguely (22 May 1925 – 30 August 1991) was an artist who worked in the Dada tradition, best known for his mechanical sculpture work, also known as kinetic art. He called his creations “Metamechanics,” which playfully mocked mass consumerism and the overproduction of material goods. Born in Fribourg, Switzerland,… Read More Jean Tinguely

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Richard Avedon

Today’s Artist Birthday: Richard Avedon Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004) was an American fashion and portrait photographer. His celebrity, fashion, and portrait photographs helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture for the last half of the twentieth century. Avedon was born in New York City, NY, in 1923. His… Read More Richard Avedon

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Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys: Fluxus artist Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) was a German Fluxus artist, one of the first to organize “happenings” through performance art, who also worked as a sculptor, installation artist, graphic artist, art theorist, and pedagogue. The concepts of humanism, social philosophy and anthroposophy were central to his work and life. He developed his own “extended definition of art,” seeing… Read More Joseph Beuys