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Willem de Kooning: Artist

Willem de Kooning b. 1904, Rotterdam; d. 1997, East Hampton, NY Willem de Kooning was born April 24, 1904, in Rotterdam. From 1916 to 1925, he studied at night at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten en Technische Wetenschappen, Rotterdam, while apprenticed to a commercial-art and decorating firm and later working for an art director. In 1924 he visited museums in …

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Robert Ryman: Artist

Robert Ryman 1930-Present Robert Ryman was born May 30, 1930, in Nashville. In 1948, he enrolled at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute but transferred the next year to George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, where he studied music. In 1950, Ryman enlisted in the United States army reserve corps and was assigned to an army reserve band during the Korean War. …

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Barnett Newman: Artist

Barnett Newman 1905-1970 New York, NY, United States Barnett Newman was one of the most profound and influential painters of the 20th century. A master of expansive spatial effects and richly evocative color, he pioneered an art that was both uncompromisingly abstract and powerfully emotive. This retrospective exhibition assembles more than 100 works not seen together in over 30 years. …

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Agnes Martin: Artist

Agnis Martin b. 1912, Maklin, Saskatchewan, Canada; d. 2004, Taos, New Mexico Agnes Martin was born March 22, 1912, in Maklin, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She came to the United States in 1932 and lived in Washington and Oregon until 1940. Martin studied at Western Washington State College, Bellingham, the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, …

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Richard Serra: Artist

b. 1939, San Francisco. Richard Serra was born November 2, 1939, in San Francisco. While working in steel mills to support himself, Serra attended the University of California at Berkeley and Santa Barbara from 1957 to 1961, receiving a B.A. in English literature. He then studied at Yale University, New Haven, from 1961 to 1964, completing his B.F.A. and M.F.A. …

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Brice Marden: Artist

Brice Marden 1938-present New York, NY, United States Brice Marden was born October 15, 1938, in Bronxville, New York. He attended Florida Southern College, Lakeland, from 1957 to 1958 and the Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts from 1958 to 1961, when he received his B.F.A. degree. In the summer of 1961, he attended Yale Norfolk Summer School …

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Jackson Pollock: Artist

Jackson Pollock 1912-1956 Cody, Wyoming, United States While it may seem like a contradiction to speak of chaos and precision in the same sentence, the work of Jackson Pollock demands it. At the same time that his paintings depict disorder, frenetic abandon, and a turbulence of nearly cosmic proportions, they demonstrate perfect balance. The manner in which Pollock’s string-like curls …

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Robert Irwin: Artist

Robert Irwin 1928-Present Works: Los Angeles, NY, United States Robert Irwin has been one of the pivotal artists in American Art for more than 30 years both as a practitioner and a theoretician. Irwin began his career as an abstract expressionist; however, by the late 1960′s he had moved away from painting to become one of the creators of the …

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Gerhard Richter: Artist

Gerhard Richter 1932-Present Gerhard Richter was born February 9, 1932, in Dresden, Germany. Between 1952 and 1957, he studied art at the Kunstakademie, Dresden. The artist then moved to Düsseldorf, where he worked as a photo-laboratory technician. From 1961 to 1964, Richter studied at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Karl Otto Götz.

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Robert Rauschenberg: Artist

Robert Rauschenberg b. 1925, Port Arthur, Tex. Robert Rauschenberg was born Milton Rauschenberg on October 22, 1925, in Port Arthur, Texas. He began to study pharmacology at the University of Texas at Austin before being drafted into the United States navy, where he served as a neuropsychiatric technician in the navy hospital corps in San Diego. In 1947, he enrolled …

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James Turrell: Artist

James Turrell 1943-present Born: Los Angeles, California, United States James Turrell was born in Los Angeles in 1943. His undergraduate studies at Pomona College focused on psychology and mathematics; only later, in graduate school, did he pursue art. He received an MFA in art from the Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California. Turrells work involves explorations in light and space …

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Anish Kapoor: Artist

Anish Kapoor 1954-Present Born: Bombay, India Lives and Works: London, UK anish kapoor is a sculptor, born in bombay (mumbai), india. kapoor has lived and worked in london since the early 1970s where he moved to study art, first at the hornsey college of art and later at the chelsea school of art and design. he gained international acclaim with …

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Dan Flavin: Artist

Daniel Flavin b. 1933, Jamaica, N.Y.; d. 1996, Riverhead, N.Y. Daniel Flavin was born in Jamaica, New York, on April 1, 1933. He studied for the priesthood for a time. During military service in 1954–55, Flavin studied art through the University of Maryland Extension Program in Korea. Upon his return to New York in 1956, he briefly attended the Hans …

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Cy Twombly, Idiosyncratic Painter, Dies at 83

one of the greats. may he rest in peace. read the entire article after the jump. m. “Cy Twombly, whose spare child-like scribbles and poetic engagement with antiquity left him stubbornly out of step with the movements of post-war American art even as he became one of the era’s most important painters, died in Rome Tuesday. He was 83. The …