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Spotlight On: Andy Warhol

  Born in Pittsburgh, PA, to working class parents who emigrated to America from Slovakia before he was born, Andy Warhol rose to fame rebuking traditional art and manufacturing for himself a persona associated with both fame and mystery.   Warhol began his career in New York City as a magazine illustrator but his drawings soon began to gain attention ... Read More »

Spotlight On: Cindy Sherman

  Having grown-up a few miles from New York City, it wasn’t a far leap when photographer and film director Cindy Sherman moved into the city, working odd jobs to support herself and her burgeoning art career. Before Sherman became well-known for her conceptual portraits, many of herself, she was employed at The Artist’s Space in SoHo as a part-time ... Read More »

Spotlight On: Mark Rothko

  Born Marcus Rothkowitz in Russia, what is now Latvia, Mark Rothko is one of the forerunners of Abstract Expressionism, though it was a label he loathed to be grouped under. Rothko immigrated to Portland, Oregon from Russia at the age of 10 in 1913 but settled New York City when he was 20, after a brief two year stint ... Read More »

Spotlight On: Robert Rauschenberg

  Originally from Texas, artist Robert Rauschenberg came to call New York home, spending his formative artistic years in the city before moving to the remote island of Captiva, Florida. Rauschenberg became well-known for his ‘combines,’ pieces that combined painting and sculpture, art that labeled him Neo-Dada. His sometimes romantic and studio partner Jasper Johns also shared this label with ... Read More »

News: Lost Art of New York

The blog 16 Miles has created a featuring all the lost art of New York City, from Diego Rivera’s Man at the Crossroads to the fictional address of Marcel Duchamp’s The Teeth’s Loan & Trust Company Consolidated. According to 16 Miles, the map will be “documenting the sites of performances, studios, public art installations, residences, and galleries that once existed ... Read More »

Spotlight On: Jackson Pollock

  A midwestern boy with a penchant for getting expelled from schools, Pollock moved to New York City in 1930 where along with his brother Charles, studied at the Art Students League of New York. In 1936, Pollock was introduced to the concept of liquid paint and thus began Pollock’s famous technique of laying out canvases on the floor in ... Read More »

Spotlight On: Yoko Ono

  Though probably best known to the wide wide world as the wife of John Lennon, Yoko Ono is in her own right an artist whose work has inspired a whole new generation of avant gardists. Ono’s Cut Piece, above, was first performed in 1964 and is meant to be a symbol of unity, love and feminism. The work has ... Read More »

Spotlight On: Jeff Koons

  Jeff Koons has been called mean, banal, carnal and a hack and yet has his work has been so widely popular during his own lifetime that its sales have broken records. His art has appeared everywhere from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as a huge silver balloon, to replacing the tree in Rockefeller Center- a two story terrier covered ... Read More »

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