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1969 Oct 12
Serge Poliakoff (b.1900), Russian-born French modernist painter, died.
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1969 Oct 18
The painting "Nativity" by Caravaggio was stolen from the Oratory of San Lorenzo in Palermo, Sicily. Peter Watson, English novelist, later wrote "The Caravaggio Conspiracy," an account of his 1981-1982 attempt to recover the work.
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1969 Oct 21
Picasso, Spanish artist, painted "Painter and Infant," an allegory of artistic transmission from one generation to the next.
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1969 Nov
Interview magazine was founded by artist Andy Warhol and Gerard Malanga. It was dedicated to the cult of celebrity which fascinated Warhol, and featured cutting-edge graphics and interviews of celebrities.
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1969
Fernando Botero (b.1932), surrealist Colombian painter, created "The Butcher's Table," a pig's head laughing at his own slaughter.
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1969
Artists Douglas Huebler (1924-1997), Robert Barry (b.1936) and Lawrence Weiner (b.1942) held an exhibition in NYC that was credited by a critic in 1971 as originating the conceptual art movement. This was an emphasis on art as an idea rather than an object in a reaction to the pop and op art of the 1960s.
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1969
Dorothy Miller (d.2003) retired as curator of the NYC Museum of Modern Art.
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1969
London artists Gilbert Proesch and George Passmore wrote their four “Laws of Sculptors.” They later became known simply as Gilbert and George.
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1969
Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) created his "Carnal Clock" series of collages.
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1969
Artist Sol LeWitt wrote his seminal article "Sentences on Conceptual Art" and stated that "Ideas can be works of art."
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1969
Clifford Irving (b.1930), American writer, published "Fake," the story of Hungarian art forger Elmyr de Hory (1906-1976). The int'l. de Hory scam became public in 1967. Irving and De Hory were featured in the 1975 Orson Welles film "F" for Fake.
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1969
Claire Falkenstein (1908-1997), sculptor and painter, created the doors, gates and tall windows in St. Basil’s Church on Wilshire Boulevard in LA.
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1969
Terry Schoonhoven (d.2001), muralist, co-founded the Los Angeles Fine Arts Squad.
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1969
Euphemia Charlton Fortune (b.1885), artist, died. She was born in Edinburgh but received most of her training in the US and became one of the West Coast’s most acclaimed painters.
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1969
John Altoon (b.1925), American painter, died of a heart attack at age 43. He painted in an abstract expressionist style with later surrealist undercurrents. Hs works included "Untitled" (1959), "Untitled (Harper Series)" (1964), and "Untitled ANI-42" (1968).
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1970 Feb 25
Mark Rothko (b.1903), painter, committed suicide in NYC. He was born in Dvinsk, Russia, which is now Daugavpils, Latvia, and his family moved to Portland, Ore., in 1913. His work moved to abstraction in the 1940s. The execution of his will provoked a long drawn out court case. His daughter charged the executors and the owner of Rothko’s gallery with conspiracy and conflict of interest, and won. A 1998 show was accompanied by the book "Mark Rothko" by Jeffrey Weiss with contributions by John Cage, Carol-Mancusi-Ungaro, Barbara Novak, Brian O’Doherty, Mark Rosenthal and Jessica Stewart.
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1970 May 29
Eva Hesse, artist (34), died in NYC. She is one of 3 artists covered by Anne Middleton Wagner in "Three Artists (Three Women): Modernism in the Art of Hesse, Krasner and O’Keefe."
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1970 Jul 4
Barnett Newman (b.1905), American artist of the abstract expressionist movement, died. His "zips" consisted of fields of flat color punctuated by vertical stripes.
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1970 Aug 16
Benny Bufano (b.1898), California-based Italian-American sculptor, died. He was known for his late-career bullet-shaped public sculptures.
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1970 Nov 27
Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was slightly wounded at the Manila airport by Benjamin Mendoza, a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.
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1970
Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) painted "A Plethora of Cats."
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1970
Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), American pop artist, created his color lithograph, screen print: "Peace Through Chemistry II."
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1970
Frank Stella (b.1936), American painter, created his abstract acrylic painting “Firuzabad.”
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1970
Robert Smithson (1938-1973), American minimalist land artist, created his “Spiral Jetty,” a 1,500 foot coil of rock extending from the shore of Utah’s Great Salt Lake.
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1970
NY performance artist Joan Jonas in “Mirror Check” stood naked before an audience inspecting her body with a small round mirror in a silent commentary on women’s fixation with self-image.
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1971 Mar 13
Rockwell Kent (b.1882), artist, illustrator and printmaker, died in New York. He was a member of the rugged realist school of landscape painters. In the 1930s he created a set of illustrations for "Moby Dick." In 1935 he authored “Salamina,” a memoir of his first Arctic winter (1931–32) painting and exploring while based in the settlement of Igdlorssuit, Greenland. In 1960 he donated 80 paintings and 800 watercolors to the people of the Soviet Union.
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1971 Jun 16
An El Greco sketch, "The Immaculate Conception," stolen in Spain 35 years earlier, was recovered in New York City by the FBI.
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1971 Nov 16
Edie Sedgwick, actress and model for Andy Warhol, died in California from a barbiturate overdose.
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1971
Claudio Bravo (b.1936), Chilean-born Moroccan based artist, created a surrealist still life of an assemblage of light bulbs.
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1971
Fritz Koenig (b.1924), German Sculptor, created a 27-foot-tall brass ball and called it "The Sphere." It was installed at the NYC World Trade Center and was the only piece of art to survive.
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1971
In SF the Vaillancourt Fountain, sculpted by French-Canadian artist Armand Vaillancourt, debuted on Justin Herman Plaza.
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1971
Sidney Nolan (1917-1992), Australia’s best known modernist, created a piece called “Snake.” It was composed of 1,620 individual panels.
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1971
The Rothko Chapel, an interfaith chapel in Houston, Texas, was built around the paintings of Mark Rothko (1903-1970). Composer Morton Feldman wrote his work “Rothko Chapel” for the occasion. In 1964 Rothko was commissioned by John and Dominique de Menil (also founders of the nearby Menil Collection) to create a meditative space filled with his paintings.
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1971
In SF a 30-foot-tall sculpture by Peter Voulkos was installed outside the “Hall of Justice.” In 2011 it underwent a $35,000 refurbishment.
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1972 Aug 15
The Italian town of Grazie di Curtatone began its Int’l. Street Painting Festival. This revived a 16th century practice by itinerant artists who traveled from village to village for religious and folk festivals.
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1972
Vito Acconci (b.1940), Brooklyn-based artist, created his work "Seed Bed," in which the artist masturbated under the raised gallery floor.
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1972
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) drew his chilling crayon self-portrait as a skull.
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1972
Chen Yifei (b.1946), Shanghai born artist, painted "Eulogy of the Yellow River," as China’s Yellow River dried up for the 1st time in history before reaching the Yellow Sea. From 1980 to 1996 he worked in the US and became known as the Norman Rockwell of China.
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1972
Carlos Bueno (d.2001 at 60), California painter and muralist, encouraged Self-Help Graphics to sponsor the 1st Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration in Los Angeles.
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1972
Artist Michael Heizer (b.1944) began work in Nevada on his monumental earth art titled City, one of the largest sculptures ever created.
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1973 Mar 23
Yoko Ono was granted permanent residence in US. John Lennon was given a final order to leave the US within 60 days, while Yoko was allowed to remain indefinitely.
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1973 Apr 8
Pablo Picasso (b.1881), Spanish artist, died at his home near Mougins, France, at age 91. He left some 50,000 works that included 1,885 paintings, 1,228 sculptures, 2,880 ceramics, 18,095 engravings, 6,112 lithographs, 3,181 linocuts, 7,089 drawings plus 4,669 drawings and sketches in 149 notebooks, 11 tapestries and 8 rugs. Two books of a planned 4-volume biography were published by John Richardson, who then interrupted the series in 2000 with "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Picasso, Provence, and Douglas Cooper." Picasso’s estate owed so much in death duties that many of his works fell into government hands. In 2007 John Richardson authored “A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932.”
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1973 Apr 13
Henry Darger (b.1892), "outsider artist" and janitor, died in Chicago. He had spent as many as 40 years working on a 15,000 page novel titled "The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What Is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. He illustrated the work with some 300 watercolors that were lifted and recomposed from popular sources. In 2002 John MacGregor authored a 720-page study of Darger. In 2003 Jessica Wu premiered her documentary film on Darger, “In the Realms of the Unreal,” at Sundance.
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1973 May 26
Jacques Lipchitz (b.1891), Lithuanian-born, French-US cubist sculptor, died on Capri and was buried in Jerusalem.
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1973 Jul 20
Robert Smithson (b.1938), minimalist land artist, died in a plane crash in Texas while surveying a site for his Amarillo Ramp project. His work included the “Spiral Jetty” (1970) on Utah’s Great Salt Lake.
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1973 Sep 21
The painting "Blue Poles" by Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) sold for $2,000,000 to the Australian National Gallery.
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1973
Antonio Berni (1905-1981), Argentine artist, made his mixed media piece "La Gallina Ciega," (The Blind hen). In 1997 it sold for $607,500.
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1973
Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Spanish artist, painted "Portrait of Alice Cooper's Brain."
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1973
Ralph Stackpole, SF sculptor, died.
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1973
Fritz Kredel (b.1900), German-born artist, died. He emigrated to the US in 1938 and did work in the medieval style of Albrecht Durer.
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1973
In San Francisco a 7-foot-tall fountain facing Union Square, designed by Ruth Asawa (1926-2-13), opened on Stockton St.
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1973
In San Francisco a 27-foot-tall statue of St. Francis, created by artist Ruth Wakefield Cravath, was installed at the bus zone of Candlestick Park.
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1974 Jan 6
David Alfaro Siqueiros (b.1896), Mexican artist (muralist), died. His work included the 1933 mural "Ejercicio Plastico" (Plastic Exercise), completed in Argentina at the home of newspaper magnate Natalio Botana (d.1941). In 1994 the 650-square-foot work fell into a legal limbo.
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1974 May 20
Ian Fairweather (b.1891), Scotland-born Australian artist, died. He lived for much of his life as a recluse on Bribie Island, north of Brisbane. In Murray Bail authored “Fairweather,” a biography with color reproductions. The book was expanded in 2009.
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1974
Antonio Henrique Amaral of Brazil painted his "Battlefield," a phalanx of menacing forks with shreds of banana.
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1974
Joseph Beuys (1921-1986), German artist, created his performance piece: "I like America, and America likes Me," in which he lived with a coyote in a New York gallery for 5 days.
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1974
Jasper Johns painted his "Corpse and Mirror." In 1997 it sold for $8.3 million.
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1974
Sol LeWitt (b.1928), pioneer of the Conceptual Art Movement, created his "Incomplete Open Cube."
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1974
Architects Doug Michels (1943-2003) and Chip Lord, founders of the Ant Farm in SF, created "Cadillac Ranch," a sculpture of 10 planted Cadillacs, in Amarillo, Texas.
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1974
Kent Twitchell painted the 20-foot high mural "The Old Woman of the Freeway" in Los Angeles. It was painted over in the mid 80s and Twitchell worked to restore it in the 90s.
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