CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2010
Patrick Merrill Mixed-media artist and printmaker Patrick Merrill, 61, a mixed-media artist and printmaker who was curator of Cal Poly Pomona's art gallery from 1997 to 2009, died Tuesday in Diamond Bar after battling colon cancer, the university announced. Merrill had a studio in Covina where he made etchings, woodcuts, collographs and monoprints. Besides directing and curating the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery at Cal Poly Pomona, he also was publicity and exhibition director for the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art from 1990 to 2000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2010 |
Avigdor Arikha, the Israeli artist who learned the power of art as a boy during the Holocaust when he sketched scenes from a concentration camp onto salvaged scraps of paper, has died in Paris. He was 81. Arikha died Thursday from complications of cancer at his home in Paris, where he spent most of his adult life, said Janis Gardner Cecil, sales director of the Marlborough Gallery in New York, which represented him. Arikha, a painter, draftsman and printmaker, became one of Israel's most important contemporary artists, imbuing his portraits and scenes of daily life — a red umbrella against a wall, an overflowing bookshelf, a jumble of bottles in a cabinet — with enigmatic, disconcerting beauty.
HOME & GARDEN
December 26, 2009 |
After seeing "Behold the Day: The Color Block Prints of Frances Gearhart," showing at the Pasadena Museum of California Art through Jan. 31, one may wonder why Gearhart isn't better known. Back in the 1930s, at the height of her career, she became one of the top color-block printmakers in America, displaying her work at the Smithsonian and the Brooklyn Museum, as well as at numerous shows on the West Coast. Even if her fame faded in the East, where her mountainous landscapes may not have resonated as much, one would expect her continued popularity in California, where she lived and worked until her death in 1958 at age 89. Over the course of her 30-year career, this Pasadena artist -- one of three sisters, none of them married, all of them teachers in the public school system, all of them artists and travelers -- became her own compelling, uplifting portrait of female achievement and independence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2009 |
Nancy Spero, a pioneering feminist artist who examined the treatment of women and the horrors of war, has died. She was 83. Spero died Oct. 18 in a Manhattan hospital of respiratory complications from an infection, said Mary Sabbatino, vice president of Galerie Lelong in New York. Spero's work combined drawing, painting, collage and printmaking. She was active in the women's movement, and in the 1970s decided to focus on the roles of women. "The basis of Spero's artmaking is to isolate and juxtapose images of women," Christopher Hume wrote in the Toronto Star in 1989.
January 21, 2007 |
"I don't have to wait for inspiration," says artist Chuck Close in his spacious studio in Lower Manhattan. "I always say that inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. Work kicks open doors. In the process of doing something, other things occur to you, and you end up where you didn't plan to be." Close, 66, hadn't planned to be a printmaker, but here he is surrounded by prints and proofs and plans for more prints.
October 29, 2006 |
IN the wake of a long revolution against dictatorship, Mexican artists vowed in the 1920s to create works that would instruct and enrich the masses. They even signed a manifesto proclaiming, "We repudiate so-called easel painting and every kind of art favored by ultra-intellectual circles." Out of this mood came the great murals of modern Mexico, especially the monumental works of Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros.