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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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

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Salvador Dalì

Salvador Dalì: creative genius   This year, as always, we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Salvador Dalì (1904-1989). The surrealist painter, sculptor, philosopher, chef, author, filmmaker (to name a few of his strong points), is thought by many to be one of the most creative and brilliant minds of the twentieth century. To… Read More Salvador Dalì

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Keith Haring

Keith Haring, visual artist and activist   Keith Haring (1958-1990), was a painter and visual artist, who later in his short life became a social activist. Though his imagery is lighthearted at first glance, his work is deeply imbued with political and sociological commentary, and has become accepted by many as one of the twentieth… Read More Keith Haring

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Mark Demsteader

Mark Demsteader, painter Mark Demsteader (born 1963) is a British figurative artist. According to The Daily Telegraph, he is “one of Britain’s best-selling figurative painters,” and according to a great many people, he creates some of the most beautiful artwork by any artist alive today. (I, for one, completely agree…I find his work to be… Read More Mark Demsteader