"Eskimo" - Fred Becker, 1951.
Fred Becker (1913–2004), a well-known artist and printmaker who taught in the fine arts department at the University of Massachusetts from 1968 until his retirement in 1986. Becker’s work is represented in many important museum collections, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. His most recent shows were at the Susan Teller Gallery in New York in 2002 and 2003; he had a retrospective at the Herter Gallery of the University of Massachusetts in 1999.
His career began in the 1930’s with quirky characterizations of musicians made during frequent visits to Manhattan jazz clubs and lively observations of the urban scene, done with a Surrealist touch.
In 1935, he was accepted by the Graphic Arts Division of the Works Project Administration. His etchings and wood engravings brought him his first one-man show, at the Marion Willard Gallery in 1938. But in 1940 he was drawn to Atelier 17, the workshop established by the British engraver Stanley William Hayter, where Mr. Becker turned to abstraction, developing technical expertise while using various intaglio techniques and color printing methods developed by or with Hayter.
His work at first was related to Surrealism and Constructivism, but by the mid-1950’s he was using his skilled draftsmanship in a gestural, Abstract Expressionist mode.
"Study for woman eating an apple"
Irma Stern, 1935.
"Nesting Stones" - Barbara Hepworth, 1937.
Marble, Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum.
Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) was a British modernist sculptor. According to the Tate, Hepworth, along with fellow sculptors Richard Bedford and Henry Moore, became a prominent figure in ‘’new movement’ associated with direct carving.’ But Hepworth’s career was plagued with unfavourable comparisons involving her male contemporaries, especially Moore.
In 1938, Hepworth married the British painter Ben Nicholson, though they would eventually divorce in 1951. The couple and their triplets - Simon, Rachel and Sarah, born in 1934 - visited St Ives in Cornwall at the outbreak of WWII, where they met with Naum Gabo and his wife Miriam. Hepworth bought St Ives’ Trewyn Studios in 1949, where she lived and worked for the rest of her life. She died in an accidental fire at Trewyn in 1975.
Costume design - Pavel Tchelitchew, 1922.
(Russian, 1898 – 1957),
Gouache and collage on paper.
Discover yourself by creating…
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
Andy Warhol - legendary friend of free expression.
"Suonatore di mandolino" - Afro Basaldella, 1947.
Ron Gallela and the 1971 photograph of Jackie Kennedy
that has since earned him millions.