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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

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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