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Acconci, Vito  

American, 20th century, male.

Born 24 January 1940, in New York.

Painter, sculptor, performance artist, video artist. Multimedia.

Body Art, Conceptual Art.

Vito Acconci was born in the Bronx, New York and lives and works in Brooklyn. He studied at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts and at the University of Iowa. He has taught in various art schools and universities and in particular at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University and the Parsons School of Design in New York....


Adams, Lisa Kay  

American, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 3 August 1955, in Bristol (Pennsylvania).

Painter, sculptor, video artist, installation artist.

Lisa Adams studied at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1976; Scripps College, Claremont, California, obtaining a BA in 1977; and Claremont Graduate University, receiving an MFA in ...


Akers, Charles  

American, 19th century, male.

Born 15 November 1836, near Hollis (Maine); died 16 September 1906, in New York.

Sculptor, draughtsman. Busts.

Charles Akers' brother, Benjamin Akers, was his teacher in Rome from 1857 to 1858. He sculpted a large number of busts and medallions of famous men, including ...


Albenda, Ricci  

American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1966, in New York.

Sculptor, painter, installation artist. Murals.

Ricci Albenda studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, including courses in architecture, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1988. His interest in architecture (as well as in graphic design and physics) figures prominently in his installation art, in which he creates environments which challenge the viewer's spatial perceptions. He uses such materials as fibreglass, wallboard, aluminium and acrylic paint. In his exhibition ...


Alexander, Peter  

American, 20th century, male.

Born 1939, in Los Angeles.

Sculptor, painter, collage artist.

Minimal Art, Finish Fetish, Light and Space.

Peter Alexander studied at the University of Pennsylvania from 1957 to 1962, the Architectural Association of London from 1960 to 1962, and the University of California ...


Allen, James E(dmund)  

American, 20th century, male.

Born 1894, in Louisiana (Missouri); died 1964.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman, sculptor. Scenes with figures.

James Edmond Allen studied in Chicago and New York, and was taught by Joseph Pennell and William Auerbach-Levy. In 1966 the Musée-galerie de la Seita in Paris showed his works in the exhibition America in the Depression - Politically Committed Artists of the Thirties ( L'Amérique de la Dépression - Artistes engagés des années trentes).

He worked in dry-point before concentrating on etching. During the thirties, with commissioned compositions depicting workers engaged in massive construction works, he worked for the Work Projects Administration (WPA) , a huge undertaking set up by the Roosevelt administration between 1935 and 1939 to help artists hit by the recession by offering them numerous commissions. Under the influence of Hans Hofmann his work became mainly abstract.

L'Amérique de la Dépression. Artistes engagés des années trente, exhibition catalogue, Musée-galerie de la Seita, Paris, 1996....


Alston, Charles  

American, 20th century, male.

Born 28 November 1907, in Charlotte (North Carolina); died 27 April 1977, in New York.

Painter, sculptor, illustrator, lithographer. Murals.

Groups: Spiral, 306.

Charles Alston moved to New York with his mother in 1914, after his father died. Alston received his BA and MA (...


Ambellan, Harold  

American, 20th century, male.

Born 24 May 1912, in Buffalo; died 26 April 2006, in Arles.

Sculptor, painter. Figures.

Paris, 11 Feb 1994: Dance (oil on canvas, 51¼ × 32 ins/130 × 81.5 cm) FRF 40,000; Sentry (bronze, h. 17¼ ins/43.5 cm) FRF 35,000...


Ames, Blanche  

American, 19th – 20th century, female.

Sculptor, painter. Still-lifes.

Blanche Ames lived in Lowell, Massachusetts, between 1903 and 1904.

New York, 24 Oct 1986: Still-life (1923, oil on canvas, 30 × 24½ ins/76.2 × 62.5 cm) USD 1,000


Anderson, Akili Ron  

American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 19 February 1946, in Washington DC.

Painter, sculptor, draughtsman, engraver, photographer, video artist, glassmaker, decorative designer. Theatre design.

AfriCobra Group.

Akili Ron Anderson attended the Corcoran School of Art and Howard University in Washington DC where he lives and works. He is a member of AfriCobra (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) founded in ...


Anderson, John  

American, 20th century, male.

Born 29 April 1928, in Seattle.

Sculptor, painter.

John Anderson trained at the Art Centre School in Los Angeles in 1953-1954. He started exhibiting his work in 1962.

New York (MoMA)

London, 31 Oct 1986: London, from Hungerford...


Andre, Carl  

American, 20th century, male.

Born 1935, in Quincy (Massachusetts).

Sculptor, painter.

Minimal Art.

Carl Andre attended the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts from 1951 to 1953, where he met Frank Stella. On a trip to Europe in 1954 he discovered Brancusi’s sculptures and megalithic monuments. He lives in New York....


Andrews, Benny  

American, 20th century, male.

Born 13 November 1930, in Plainview (Georgia); died 10 November 2006, in New York (New York).

Painter, collage artist, installation artist, sculptor, photographer, illustrator, draughtsman, watercolourist, print artist. Figures, portraits, interiors with figures, landscapes, animals.

Black Emergency Cultural Coalition, Rhino Horn Group

African-American artist Benny Andrews was the second of ten children born to George and Viola Andrews in the small rural farming town of Plainview, Georgia. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge, Andrews moved to Chicago and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, graduating with a BFA in 1958. He then moved to New York, where, in 1969, with Cliff Joseph and Valerie Maynard, he founded the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition (BECC), the aim of which was to force the major museums to include work by African-American artists in their shows. Andrews helped organize protests of several major museum shows including the Whitney Museum of American Art’s ...


Andrieu, Jules  

American, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1844, in New Orleans; died 1923, in New Orleans.

Painter, sculptor.

Jules Andrieu studied with Ernest Ciceri in Paris and then worked at Pass Christian c. 1907-1908.


Antemann, Chris  

American, 21st century, female.

Born 1970, in Albany (New York).

Ceramicist, sculptor (porcelain), painter. Figures.

Chris Antemann gained her Bachelors of Fine Arts in ceramics and painting at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1997, later followed by a Masters in Fine Arts with a focus in ceramics at the University of Minnesota in 2000. Soon afterwards, Antemann embarked on multiple residencies, including one at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in Jingdezhen in 2002, one of the foremost centres of ceramics in the world. She also spent a year-long National Endowment for the Arts-funded residency at the Wisconsin-based Kohler Factory and Arts Center from 2004 to 2005, and from 2019 to 2020 she was a visiting artist at the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory in St Petersburg, Russia. Antemann cultivated more than a decade-long partnership with the internationally acclaimed Meissen Porcelain Manufactory in Germany, where she collaborated to produce unique collections like her ...


Antonakos, Stephen  

American, 20th century, male.

Active from 1930 in the USA.

Born 1926, in Ayios Nikolaos (Crete), Greece; died 17 August 2013, in New York City.

Sculptor, draughtsman. Multimedia.

Stephen Antonakos immigrated to New York in 1930 and lived there the remainder of his life. He attended Brooklyn Community College and graduated in ...


Armstrong, L. C.  

American, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1956, in Humbolt (Tennessee).

Installation artist, painter, sculptor.

L.C. Armstrong lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

1996, Pittura Immedia, Neue Galerie/Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz

2000, Twisted: Urban and Visionary Landscapes in Contemporary Painting, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven

2002, Life is Beautiful...


Arneson, Robert Carston  

American, 20th century, male.

Born 24 September 1930, in Benicia (California); died 2 November 1992, in Benicia.

Ceramicist, sculptor, painter, printmaker, draughtsman. Figures.

Pop Art, Funk Art.

Robert Arneson studied at the College of Marin Kentfield, California (1949-1951), California College of Arts and Crafts (...


Arnoldi, Charles  

American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 10 April 1946, in Dayton (Ohio).

Sculptor, painter.

Charles Arnoldi studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1968. He has travelled in Europe and Japan, and lives in Venice, California. He works in bronze, acrylic and canvas, often creating mural sculptures of painted branches organised as a great patchwork....


Aronson, David  

American, 20th century, male.

Born 1923, in Shilova, Lithuania; died, 2 July 2015, in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

Painter, sculptor, pastellist. Figures, portraits.


David Aronson was the son of a rabbi and arrived in the USA at the age of five. He founded the School of Art at the University of Boston, which he ran for 30 years. He received many awards including the Purchase Prize at the National Academy of Fine Arts in ...