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Portrait of Ben Nicholson, by his mother Mabel Pryde

Ben Nicholson (April 10, 1894 - February 6, 1982) was an English painter and sculptor. He is known for his abstract still lifes and landscapes. His work was exhibited alongside that of Constantin Brancusi, Juan Miro, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso. He spent much of his life in England, but traveled to and lived for periods in California, Switzerland, Italy, and France.

Published in Today's Birthday

"I always pet a dog with my left hand because if he bit me I'd still have my right hand to paint with."

Happy Birthday, Juan Gris!

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José Victoriano (Carmelo Carlos) González-Pérez (March 23, 1887 – May 11, 1927) was a Spanish painter and sculptor. Although born in Madrid, Gonzalez spent most of his life working in France. Gonzalez adopted the name Juan Gris in 1905 to try to sound more distinctive. Along with his countrymen and friends Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Fernand Léger and Pablo Picasso, he helped to create Cubism.

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Happy birthday Joseph Csáky!

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Joseph Csáky (March 18, 1888 – May 1, 1971) was a Hungarian artist and sculptor closely associated with the avant-garde movement, as well as the De Stijl neoplasticism movement. During World War II, he fought alongside the French and was a member of the French resistance, and later became a French citizen. Csáky also experimented in the styles of Purism and Cubism, and designed several pieces of furniture for Jacques Doucet. His work has been exhibited throughout Europe, and despite a shift to more representational sculptures in his later life, Csáky is still regarded as one of the forefathers of Cubist sculpture.

Published in Today's Birthday
Friday, 22 February 2013 17:54

Jaakko Pernu: The Environmental Sculptor

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Jaakko Pernu is a Finnish sculptor and artist who uses natural materials to create massive structures that illustrate the relationship between nature and its inhabitants. Pernu grew up helping his father build wooden boats, and used those skills to build grand homages to nature. Pernu then leaves his sculptures to the elements, allowing them to degrade naturally so that the materials return to the earth. The artist's work will probably remind you of Jaehyo Lee, whom we interviewed about his own environmental sculptures.

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012 14:21

Ray Villafane's Halloween

Zombies exoplode out of a giant pumpkin at the New York Botanical Garden.

A predator lurks within the pumpkin patch; a mutant pumkin sprouts arms and legs and threatens the life of an innocent gourd with a pairing knife.

No one is safe from the mind of Ray Villafane.

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