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1966
Allan Kaprow (1927-2006), an artist who coined the term “happenings” in the late 1950s, published “Assemblage, Environments, and Happenings.”
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1966
Artist Frank Cieciorka (1939-2008) created his image of a black panther, which became a symbol for the Black Panther Party, formed in Oakland, California. The image first appeared in the SNCC’s newspaper, the Movement.
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1967 Oct 10
Sargent Johnson (b.1888), Boston-born and SF-based African-American painter and sculptor, died.
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1967
Eero Saarinen's 630-foot high, stainless steel Gateway Arch, opened in St. Louis, Mo.
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1968 Jan 29
Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (b.1886), painter and engraver born in Tokyo, Ja-pan, died in Zurich, Switz. He applied French oil techniques to Japanese-style paintings. In 2006 Phyllis Birnbaum authored “Glory in a Line: A Life of Foujita – The Artist Caught Between East and West.”
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1968 Jun 3
Valerie Solanas, founder of the Society for Cutting Up Men (SCUM), and author of the "SCUM Manifesto," shot Andy Warhol with a .32 automatic in his New York film studio, known as The Factory. Warhol survived but Solanas was judged insane and served three years in a psychiatric prison. She died in 1988 at 52 in a welfare hotel in San Francisco of bronchial pneumonia and emphysema. The 1996 film "I Shot Andy Warhol" was made by Mary Harron and featured Lili Taylor as Solanas.
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1968 Sep 14
Al Frueh (b.1880), American caricature artist (New Yorker magazine), died.
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1968 Oct 2
Marcel Duchamp (b.1887), French painter, died. He was known best for his 1915 "Nude Descending a Staircase."
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1968
Edward Kienholz (1927-1994) created his "Portable war memorial," a bizarre tableaux including a hot dog stand and a coke dispenser.
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1968
Yayoi Kusama (b.1929), Japanese-born artist, staged her "Naked Event at the Statue of Liberty."
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1968
Architects Doug Michels (1943-2003) and Chip Lord founded the Ant Farm in SF. In 1974 they created "Cadillac Ranch," a sculpture of 10 planted Cadillacs, in Amarillo, Texas. In 1975 they 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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1968
Henry Moore, English artist and sculptor, made his "Three Piece No. 3: Vertebrae."
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1968
Don Freeman (1908-1978), painter and children’s writer, authored "Corduroy," the story of a teddy bear named Corduroy, who is bought in a department store by a girl named Lisa.
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1968
In Italy Michelangelo Pistoletto, artist, rolled around Turin his giant ball of pulped newspaper. The exploit was captured on film.
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1968
Cecile Nelken (1917-2009), sculptor and publisher, founded Artweek, the first US West Coast weekly art newspaper.
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1968
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) created his Suite 347, a series of aquatints and etchings.
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1969 Feb 8
Mexican graphic artist Leopoldo Mendez (b.1902) died. His work mostly focused on engraving for illustrations and other print work generally connected to his political and social activism.
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1969 Mar 14
Ben Shahn (1898), Lithuanian-born American painter and photographer, died in NYC. Much of his photography of done in New York’s Lower East Side and Greenwich Village.
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1969 Jun 12
Alexander Deyneka (b.1899), Soviet Russian artist, died. he came from a family of railroad workers and started out as a police photographer after graduating from art school. He made mosaics in the 1930s for Mayakovskaya metro station in central Moscow.
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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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