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By Merry A. Foresta
Tucked away one of the letters, diaries, and different ephemera within the Smithsonian's documents lies a trove of hardly ever obvious snapshots of a few of the 20th century's so much celebrated artists. in contrast to the generic authentic photos and genius-at-work photographs, those humble snaps seize artistic giants with their safeguard down, within the second, dwelling lifestyles.
Pablo Picasso stands proudly on a balcony with younger daughter Maya—a tiny, meticulously inked annotation penned through an unknown hand pronounces that "he's greatly in love." Jackson Pollock morosely carves a turkey whereas his mom, Stella, and spouse, Lee Krasner, glance on. a tender Andy Warhol clowns for the digicam with university buddy Philip Pearlstein, and in a later shot extra heavily resembles his famously enigmatic public self at a gallery starting with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
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She was brilliant at using marketing and advertising to get her artists included in museum exhibitions and public collections. As one brochure stated, the Downtown Gallery had “no prejudice for any one school. ” By the mid-1960s, when this snapshot of an exultant Halpert was taken, exhibitions of modern American art from her collection were touring throughout the United States and Europe. 42 — sept. 1965 — Edith Gregor Halpert Downtown Gallery R ecords, 1824 – 1974 43 U na Hanbury (1904–90) was born in England.
Rolick Papers, 1941 – 85 38 — 1945 — Sculptor Wessell Couzijn and Esther Rolick in Rolick’s New York studio During World War II, the studio of painter Esther Rolick was a sanctuary for artists such as sculptor Wessell Couzijn (1912 – 84), who had been forced to flee Europe by the Nazis. Esther G. Rolick Papers, 1941 – 85 39 W hat a wonderful moment: Elaine de Kooning (1918–89) holding forth at the center of a circle of male artists during a 1956 opening at the Tanager Gallery in New York City. Maybe the conversation was about her inclusion that year in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition Young American Painters, an event that certainly marked her as one of the boys.
Esther G. Rolick Papers, 1941 – 85 39 W hat a wonderful moment: Elaine de Kooning (1918–89) holding forth at the center of a circle of male artists during a 1956 opening at the Tanager Gallery in New York City. Maybe the conversation was about her inclusion that year in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition Young American Painters, an event that certainly marked her as one of the boys. The Tanager, which operated on East Tenth Street from 1952 to 1962, was among the group known as the Tenth Street Galleries, a community of artist-run, generally low-budget galleries and studios that opened and closed throughout the 1950s and ’60s.
Artists Unframed: Snapshots from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art by Merry A. Foresta