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Artists unframed : snapshots from the Smithsonian's Archives by Merry A. Foresta

By Merry A. Foresta

Tucked away one of the letters, diaries, and different ephemera within the Smithsonian's documents lies a trove of not often noticeable snapshots of a few of the 20th century's such a lot celebrated artists. in contrast to the widespread reputable images and genius-at-work pictures, those humble snaps catch 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 by means of 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 digital camera with university pal Philip Pearlstein, and in a later shot extra heavily resembles his famously enigmatic public self at a gallery commencing with John Lennon and Yoko Ono

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Gathered at what looks like an all-night cafe is an intriguing assemblage of modernists who seem to have enjoyed a festive, if tiring, evening together. Joining architect Marcel Breuer (fourth from right) is painter Mercedes Matter (1913–2001; far left), an original member of the American Abstract Artists organization, and the German architect Konrad Wachsmann (1901–80; third from left). Wachsmann immigrated to the United States in 1941 and collaborated with Walter Gropius on the Packaged House system, a kit that, the architects boasted, could be assembled in nine hours.

The photographs selected for this book—most from the golden age of film-and-paper snapshots, the 1920s through the 1960s—include those taken informally by artists in the company of other artists, in their studios, and at events that give us a sense of the art world of previous generations. These photographs, rich in connections and implications, might find their way into art-history texts in the future. ,” based upon the various situations and impulses common to the images. “Work” captures artists in unguarded moments in their studios, outdoors at their easels, at the art colony.

Nov. 20, 1946 — Abraham Rattner, Bettina Bedwell, Arnaud d’Usseau, and Suzie d’Usseau Abraham Rattner and Esther Gentle Papers, 1891 – 1986 — ca. 1937 — Bettina Bedwell in the Tuileries Garden, Paris Abraham Rattner and Esther Gentle Papers, 1891 – 1986 — 1947 — Abraham Rattner and Bettina Bedwell, photograph album of cross-country road trip Abraham Rattner and Esther Gentle Papers, 1891 – 1986 On October 25, 1945, Jackson Pollock (1912–56) and Lee Krasner (1908–84) married and moved from New York City to the country.

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