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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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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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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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1974
Stephen Koch authored “Stargazer,” a study of Andy Warhol as a filmmaker.
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1974
The Austria National Gallery bought W. de Kooning's "Woman V" (1953) for $850,000.
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1974
Otis Kaye (b.1885), Michigan born artist, died. He was an American artist during the early 20th century. He was known for trompe l'oeil paintings of US currency, similar to the work of William Harnett before him. In 2009 a study of his 1937 work “D’JIA-VU? (Stock Market) was published under the title “Déjà vu All Over Again: the Riddle of Otis Kaye’s Masterpiece.”
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1974
In San Francisco the Anchor Steam beer company introduced Anchor Porter. It featured a label by artist Jim Stitt, the first of many that he drew for the company.
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1975 Jan 19
Thomas Hart Benton (b.1889), US artist, died in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2009 Henry Adams authored “Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock.
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1975 Feb 17
Art by Cezanne, Gauguin, Renoir, and van Gogh, valued at $5 million, was stolen from the Municipal Museum in Milan.
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1975 Feb 24
Hans Bellmer (b.1902), German surrealist artist, died in Paris. He made paper-mache female dolls and photographed them in skewed configurations.
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1975 May 13
Jonas Rimsa (b.1903), Lithuania-born artist, died in Santa Monica.
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1975 Sep 13
Shiko Munakata (b.1903), renowned Japanese artist and printmaker, died in Tokyo from liver cancer.
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1975 Sep 14
Rembrandt's "Nightwatch" was slashed and damaged in Amsterdam.
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1975 Sep 18
Fairfield Porter (b.1907), American artist, died. Much of his work was done along the Maine coastline.
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1975 Oct 8
Chiura Obata (b.1885), Japanese American artist, died in Berkeley, Ca. He was a faculty member in the Art Department at the University of California at Berkeley from 1932 to 1953, interrupted by World War II, when he spent over a year in internment camps.
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1975
Alexander Calder created his monumental sculpture "The Arch."
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1975
Jasper Johns painted "The Dutch Wives."
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1975
Roy Lichtenstein created his work: "Purist Painting With Pitcher, Glass, Classical Column."
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1975
Architects Doug Michels (1943-2003) and Chip Lord, founders of the Ant Farm in SF, created the performance work "Media Burn," in which Michels drove a Cadillac through a pyramid of burning television sets. Ant Farm disbanded in 1978.
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1975
Tony Smith, sculptor, began his work "Ten Elements." It was a cluster of black metal polygons completed in 1979.
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1975
The battered suitcase containing 53 pieces of artwork by C.T. McCluskey was found at an Alameda, Ca., swapmeet. Little is known except that he worked as a circus clown, lived in Oakland in the winter months, and created wonderful paper on cardboard collages featuring circus themes.
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1975
Georgia O’Keeffe, painter, authored her autobiography.
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1975
Rufino Tamayo established a five-room museum in Oaxaca, Mexico, devoted to pre-Hispanic Mexican art.
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1975
In Missouri Ernest Trova (d.2009 at 82), artist, co-founded the Laumeier Sculpture Park with a gift of over 40 large-scale artworks to St. Louis County.
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1976 Jan
The entire Picasso exhibit in the Palace of the Popes at Avignon, France, was stolen. This event led the International Foundation for Art Research to form the Art Loss Register. Picasso is the artist listed with the most stolen works.
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1976 Mar 3
Pierre Moliniere (b.1900), French artist and photographer, shot himself to death rather than face prostate surgery and a reduced sex life.
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