Sunday, 19 January 2014

Happy Birthday to Sophie Taeuber-Arp!

Although today she is not amongst the most famous of the 31 Women, Sophie Taeuber-Arp is arguably one of the most significant. In honour of Sophie's birthday I have updated my blog post from last year.

http://sugswritersblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/sophie-taeuber-arp-project-31-women.html

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Birthdays of the 31 Women

This list is of the artists whose biographies I've so far posted. All entries remain on the blog and I may update them from time to time if something needs correcting, or if some kind reader contacts me with further information. The object of the project is particularly to get the lesser known artists into the public eye, so information about these is especially welcome.

The remaining six of the 31 artists are listed at the  bottom, they will appear on their birthdays later this year.

1 - Gypsy Rose Lee   8 Jan 1911(or 19 Feb1912?) - 26 April 1970
2 - Sophie Taeuber-Arp  19 Jan 1889  - 13 Jan 1943     

3 - Buffie Johnson    20 Feb 1912  - 11 August 2006    
4 - Julia Thecla        28 Feb 1896 - 29 June 1973       

5 - Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux   20 March 1894 - 8 Sept 1996 
6 -   Valentine Hugo  26 March 1897 - 1968

7 - Leonora Carrington  6 April 1917 -   25 May 2011   
8 - Sonja Sekula   8 April 1918  - 25 April 1963       

9 -  Hazel McKinley   13 April 1903  - 15 June 1995    
10 - Suzy Freylinghuysen   7 May 1911  -  19 March 1988 

11 - Djuna Barnes    12 June 1892 -   18 June 1982  
12 - Meraud Guevara   24 June 1904  - 1993   

13 - Kay Sage   25 June 1898  - 8 January 1963  
14 - Frida Kahlo   6 July 1907  - 13 July 1954        

15 - Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven   12 July 1874  - 14 Dec 1927     
16 -  Hedda Sterne    4 Aug 1910 - 8 April 2011        

17 - Irene Rice–Pereira   15 Aug 1902  -  11 January 1971        
18 - Pegeen Vail        18 Aug 1924  -    1 March 1967  
19 - Dorothea Tanning  25 Aug 1910 -  31 January 2012      
20 - Xenia Cage   28 Aug 1913  -   26 Sept 1995     
21 - Meret Oppenheim   6 Oct 1913 - 15 November 1985          
22 - Milena Barili   5 Nov. 1909  - 6 March 1945      
23 - Anne Harvey   Nov 1916  -   1967        
24 - Jacqueline Lamba  17 Nov 1910  -  20 July 1993    
25 - Gretchen Schoeninger Corazzo  born 18 Dec 1913 and celebrated her centenary in 2013 

The remaining artists:
Aline Meyer Liebman - painter, photographer, patron
Barbara (Reis) Poe-Levee - painter, collector
Esphyr Slobodkina - painter, sculptor
Leonor Fini - painter, designer
Louise Nevelson - sculptor
Maria Elena Vieira da Silva - painter

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Another new header picture - Yinka Shonibare

My latest header picture shows Fabric-Ation, a work by British Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, in the formal garden of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park last year.



Born in London in 1962, Yinka Shonibare moved to Nigeria when he was three, later returning to the UK to be an art student. He graduated from Goldsmiths in the 1990's. His colourful, witty sculptures and installations comment particularly on the history and effects of colonialism and post-colonialism.

"His work shrewdly explores and confounds stereotypes of race and class, engaging with ideas around identity and authenticity as well as dislocation, multiculturalism, global food production and revolution, often addressed through playful conceits." YSP website -
http://www.ysp.co.uk/ysp-media/press-releases/uks-largest-ever-exhibition-by-yinka-shonibare-mbe