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By Merry Forresta

Tucked away one of the letters, diaries, and different ephemera within the Smithsonian's documents lies a trove of infrequently noticeable snapshots of a few of the 20th century's such a lot celebrated artists. not like the wide-spread authentic pix and genius-at-work photographs, those humble snaps seize artistic giants with their shield down, within the second, dwelling lifestyles.

Pablo Picasso stands proudly on a balcony with younger daughter Maya—a tiny, meticulously inked annotation penned via an unknown hand declares that "he's a great deal in love." Jackson Pollock morosely carves a turkey whereas his mom, Stella, and spouse, Lee Krasner, glance on. a tender Andy Warhol clowns for the digicam with collage good friend Philip Pearlstein, and in a later shot extra heavily resembles his famously enigmatic public self at a gallery starting with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

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He studied painting with Charles W. Hawthorne at his Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts, but his talents were mostly realized as a printmaker. By the mid-1920s, the time period covered by Taylor’s snapshot albums, the “oldest and most picturesque hamlet on the New England Coast” (as Provincetown was described by Hawthorne’s school brochure) had become a magnet for young artists, writers, and musicians, some coming for the summer season, others moving to the Cape permanently. This group of high-spirited bohemians with a newfound sense of artistic, political, and sexual freedom included writers and musicians as well as visual artists.

52 — ca. 1915 — Pop Hart, Walt Kuhn, and Gus Mager Walt Kuhn, Kuhn Fa mily Papers a nd Armory Show R ecords, 1859 – 1978 53 N ow collected at the Archives of American Art, the papers of Rockwell Kent (1882–1971) are a testament to the many aspects of his life. He was variously an architect, draftsman, carpenter, unskilled laborer, painter, illustrator, printmaker, commercial artist, designer, writer, professional lecturer, dairy farmer, and political activist. Kent was also an avid traveler. He was particularly fond of expeditions to the Arctic, where he often stayed for long periods of time to paint, write, and become, even briefly, one of the locals.

From the late 1920s through the 1960s, her Greenwich Village establishment, the Downtown Gallery, introduced or showcased such contemporary and future art stars as Stuart Davis, Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Jacob Lawrence, Charles Sheeler, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and Ben Shahn. She was brilliant at using marketing and advertising to get her artists included in museum exhibitions and public collections. As one brochure stated, the Downtown Gallery had “no prejudice for any one school. ” By the mid-1960s, when this snapshot of an exultant Halpert was taken, exhibitions of modern American art from her collection were touring throughout the United States and Europe.

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