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20th Century Artists

20th century artist most famous for theirs paintings: Ansel Adams, Victor Brauner, Salvador Dali, Friz Freleng, Paul Cadmus, Frida Kahlo, Margaret Bourke-White, Balthazar Klossowski de Rola, Francis Bacon, Jackson Pollock, Romare Bearden, Richard Diebenkorn, Joseph Beuys, Roy Lichtenstein, LeRoy Neiman, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Fernando Botero, Christo, Ed Ruscha, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tracey Emin, Janine Antoni, Chris Ofili
Ansel Adams Ansel Adams (1902-1984)
Ansel Adams was born in San Francisco. His first published photographs in the Sierra Club's 1922 Bulletin, and he had his first one man exhibition in 1928 at the club's headquarters. He was an unremitting activist for the cause of wilderness and the environment. His black-and-white images sought an intensification and purification of the psychological experience of natural beauty. He created a sense of the sublime magnificence of nature that infused the viewer with the emotional equivalent of wilderness, often more powerful than the actual thing.
Victor Brauner Victor Brauner (1903-1966)
Victor Brauner was born in Piatra Neamt, Romania. He attended the Art School in Bucharest. In 1924 the Mozart Galleries in Bucharest hosted his first personal exhibition. In 1933, Andre Breton opened Brauner's first personal exhibition in Paris, at the Pierre Gallery. After WWII, he took part to the Venice biannual exhibition. He created a series of paintings called "lycanthropic" or sometimes "chimeras" and an ensemble of object-paintings full of inventiveness and vivacity, grouped under the titles "Mythologie" and "Fêtes des mères".
Salvador Dali Salvador Dali (1904-1989)
To bring up images from his subconscious mind, Dalí, a Surrealist, induced hallucinatory states in himself by a process he described as paranoiac critical. He depicted a dream world in which commonplace objects are juxtaposed, deformed, or otherwise metamorphosed in a bizarre and irrational fashion. Dalí portrayed these objects in meticulous, almost painfully realistic detail and usually placed them within bleak, sunlit landscapes.
Friz Freleng Isadore 'Friz' Freleng (1905-1995)
Freleng simply made good cartoons, and kept making them year after year. He earned his studio three Academy Awards. Freleng's forte was musical cartoons. He animated the Pink Panther series. The diminutive and hotheaded Yosemite Sam was inspired by Freleng.
Paul Cadmus Paul Cadmus (1905-1999)
Born in New York City, Paul Cadmus spent nine decades honing a singular, remarkably complex style of aesthetic idealization and social critique in justly celebrated paintings, drawings and etchings of nude figures, fantastical scenes and supercharged allegories. After abandoning a career in advertising, Cadmus studied fine art, traveled throughout Europe in the early 1930s, and returned to the U.S. as an employee of the Public Works of Art Project.
Frida Kahlo Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
Kahlo was born in Coyoacan, a suburb of Mexico City. She was afflicted with polio that stunted the growth of her right leg and in 1925, a bus accident drove, a piece of iron into her pelvis and back. In 1929 she married the then 42 year old world-renowned Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. She suffered numerous miscarriages that caused her great grief. Her dramatic work consisted primarily of self-portraits, reflections of her personal history, her relationship with Diego Rivera; her damaged physical condition, her philosophy of nature and life, and her individual and mythological worldview. In the 1940s she taught art, and her students became known as Los Fridos.
Margaret Bourke-White Margaret Bourke-White (1906-1971)
Margaret Bourke-White was born in the Bronx, New York. She studied at Columbia University. She was an industrial photographer at the Otis Steel Company, an editor for Fortune magazine and a photojournalist for Life magazine. In 1930, she became the first Western photographer allowed into the Soviet Union. During the mid-1930s she photographed drought victims of the Dust Bowl. During WWII she worked in combat zones as a war correspondent.
Balthazar Klossowski de Rola (1908-2001)
Balthus was an esteemed Polish modern artist whose work was ultimately anti-modern. As he matured in the early 1930s, his paintings often depicted pubescent young girls in erotic and voyeuristic poses. Balthus spent most of his life in France, and as international fame grew he cultivated himself and his past as an enigma. Prime Ministers and rock stars alike attended the funeral of Balthus. Bono, lead-singer of U2, sang for the hundreds of mourners at the funeral.
Francis Bacon Francis Bacon (1909-1992)
Francis Bacon was born in Dublin, Ireland to English parents. He was expelled from his family in 1925 when his homosexuality was discovered. Bacon never attended art school. He began work in watercolor about 1926-27 and oils in the fall of 1929. Bacon painted relatively little after his solo show in 1934. He was often disdainful of his work destroyed large number of works throughout his lifetime. Representative of Bacon's methods and subjects are the triptych, the scream, and the lone figure against a stark backgroud.
Jackson Pollock Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)
Pollock founded the Abstract Expressionist movement. By the mid 1940s he was painting in a completely abstract manner, and the `drip and splash' style for which he is best known emerged with some abruptness in 1947. Instead of using the traditional easel he affixed his canvas to the floor or the wall and poured and dripped his paint from a can. He was an alcoholic.
Romare Bearden Romare Bearden (1914-1988)
Romare Bearden was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1914. His family soon moved to Harlem where he founded the "306 Group", a club for Harlem's artists. During the 1940's, his style combined African culture and symbols with a stylized realism. After a stay in Paris, Bearden's work became more abstract, using layers of oil paint to produce muted, hidden effects. During the 1960's civil rights movement, his focus shifted again, to collage, considered his best work.
Richard Diebenkorn Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993)
Diebenkorn is known for large-scale luminous abstractions devoted to the delicate balance between surface modulation and illusionistic depth; the establishment of structure and its dissolution in light and space. He grew up in San Francisco, studied at Stanford University, served in the Marines in WWII, and taught at the California School of Fine Arts and UCLA. From 1966 to 1988 he painted at his Ocean Park studio in Santa Monica.
Joseph Beuys Joseph Beuys (1921-1986)
Joseph Beuys was in Krefeld but grew up mainly in two nearby towns, Kleve and Rindern. Beuys became associated with the Fluxus movement, eventually becoming its most significant and famous member. He moved from drawing toward performance art motivated by his belief that art has a larger role to play in society. In 1979 Beuys became a founding member of the German Green Party.
Roy Lichtenstein Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997)
Roy was born in New York. He studied at the Art Students' League, New York, and at Ohio State University, Columbus. He taught at Ohio State University, New York State University, Oswego and Rutgers University. He did his military service in Europe. He had his first one-man exhibition in 1951 and worked as a commercial artist until 1957. He painted parodies of American twenties' art such as Remington's cowboy-and-Indian scenes. He used elements of commercial art, comics and advertisements in his drawings and painting. He produced large format paintings for the New York State Pavilion at the World's Fair in New York. He was represented at the Venice Biennale in 1966, 1968 and 1970 and in 1967-68 he had a retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum.
LeRoy Neiman LeRoy Neiman (1927- )
The majority of Neiman's brilliantly colored, stunningly energetic images focus on sporting events and leisure activities. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and taught at the Art Institute of Chicago for 10 years. He was a contributing artist for Playboy producing sketches and paintings for a feature called "Man at His Leisure." In 1995 he gave the School of the Arts at Columbia University $6 million to create the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies.
Andy Warhol Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
Warhol was born in Pittsburgh. He is a founder and major figure of the POP ART movement. Warhol pioneered the development of the process whereby an enlarged photographic image is transferred to a silk screen that is then placed on a canvas and inked from the back. It was this technique that enabled him to produce the series of mass-media images - repetitive, yet with slight variations. These, incorporating such items as Campbell's Soup cans, dollar bills, Coca-Cola bottles, and the faces of celebrities, comment on the banality, harshness, and ambiguity of American culture. Andy traveled around the country with The Velvet Underground (Lou Reed and John Cale). In 1968, Valerie Solanis, a rejected superstar, came into The Factory and shot Andy three times, he was pronounced dead, but after having his chest cut open, he survived.
Claes Oldenburg Claes Oldenburg (1929 - )
Claes Oldenburg was born in Stockholm. He studied at Yale and the Art Institute of Chicago. He established himself in the early 1960s with a series of installations and performances on New York's Lower East Side. He installed Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks on the Yale campus in 1969, which became a controversial focus for student protest, and Clothespin in downtown Philadelphia in 1976. His recent work, with Coosje van Bruggen, is the 144-foot-long, 64-foot-high Cupid's Span for Rincon Park on the Embarcadero in San Francisco.
Fernando Botero Fernando Botero (1932-)
Fernando Botero was born in the Andes Mountains in the heart of Columbia. His work tends to primarily focus on situational portraiture and is noted for exaggerated proportions and the corpulence of the human and animal figures. He is an abstract artist, choosing what colors, shapes, and proportions to use based on intuitive aesthetic thinking.
Christo Christo Javacheff (1935- )
Christo was born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. He studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Sofia from 1953 to 1956, when he moved to Prague. In 1957 Christo escaped to Vienna where he lived briefly before moving to Paris. Christo began his wrapped objects in Paris in 1958.
Ed Ruscha Edward Joseph Ruscha (1937- )
Ruscha was born in Omaha, raised in Oklahoma and moved to Los Angeles in the late 1950s to study commercial art. His work questions the values of traditional symbols and calls attention to our role in art and culture by highlighting our intuitions through his use of words, color and proportion. Words or blocks of color often float on that part of a panorama where the sky meets the ground.
Robert Mapplethorpe Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989)
Mapplethorpe was born New York. He studied painting and sculpture and received his B.F.A. at the Pratt Institute. In order to create images for collages of men, Mapplethorpe turned to photography, working as a staff photographer for Andy Warhol's Interview magazine. He photographed socialites and celebrities such as John Paul Getty III and Carolina Herrera.
Mapplethorpe's diverse work-homoerotic images, floral still lifes, pictures of children, commissioned portraits, mixed-media sculpture--is united by the constancy of his approach and technique. Thesurfaces of his prints offer a seemingly endless gradation of blacks and whites, shadow and light, and regardless of subject, his images are both elegant and provocative.
Jean-Michel Basquiat Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
Jean-Michel Basquiat started as a street artist painting graffiti art (using the pseudonym Samo) and then he became a very popular and successful avant-garde artist. His style was avant garde - nervous, fierce and energetic. Basquiat used painterly gestures on canvas, most often depicting skeletal figures and mask-like faces that signal his obsession with mortality, and imagery derived from his street existence, such as automobiles, buildings, police, children's sidewalk games and graffiti. He played himself in New York Beat Movie, Downtown 81, and Eat to the Beat. Basquiat became addicted to heroin, and died of an overdose.
Tracey Emin Tracey Emin (1963- )
Tracey's life and art are inextricably entwined. She is unflinchingly honest about details of her life, indulging people's voyeuristic greed. She was born in London, raped at 13, and, as promiscuous truant, had two abortions. In 1994 she exhibited a phial of a tissue from one of her abortions and a crumpled Benson & Hedges packet that her uncle had been holding when he was decapitated in a car crash. In 1998 she exhibited My Bed, complete with dirty sheets, bloody knickers and used condoms. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1999.
Janine Antoni Janine Antoni (1964- )
Janine was born in Freeport, Bahamas and resides in New York. Antoni's primary tool for making sculpture is her own body. She has chiseled cubes of lard and chocolate with her teeth, and washed away the faces of soap busts made in her own likeness. She recieved several prestigious awards including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in 1998 and the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award in 1999.
Chris Ofili (5 images) Chris Ofili (1968- )
Chris Ofili won the Tate's prestigious Turner Prize in 1998. He is famous for the Holy Virgin Mary, canvas with elephant dung, exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum in 1999.
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