By Merry A. Foresta
Tucked away one of the letters, diaries, and different ephemera within the Smithsonian's documents lies a trove of hardly noticeable snapshots of a few of the 20 th century's so much celebrated artists. in contrast to the regularly occurring legit images and genius-at-work pictures, those humble snaps trap artistic giants with their shield down, within the second, residing existence.
Pablo Picasso stands proudly on a balcony with younger daughter Maya—a tiny, meticulously inked annotation penned through an unknown hand broadcasts that "he's greatly 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 buddy Philip Pearlstein, and in a later shot extra heavily resembles his famously enigmatic public self at a gallery establishing with John Lennon and Yoko Ono
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The snapshots in “Play” provide rare glimpses of what artists did in the privacy of their homes and how they played when they were away. Through these images, the lives of artists become available to us. For a moment, we feel connected to these people and their lives, which are not so different from ours. The snapshots in “Family & Friends” emphasize a narrative about connection, community, and interaction. Recording the family for posterity is one of the most common motives of snapshot photography.
In the years following, Kootz and his wife, Jane, became quite close with Picasso, as Kootz did with some of the younger artists he represented, including Baziotes. — CA. 1944 — Pablo Picasso and his daughter Maya William and Ethel Baziotes Papers, 1916 – 92 Marcel Breuer (1902–81) designed and built the house in this snapshot in collaboration with his mentor Walter Gropius (1883–1969) in the late 1930s. Gropius had recently accepted an appointment as chairman of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and Breuer had followed to become a member of the Harvard faculty.
Likely the photo first belonged to Samuel M. Kootz, who in 1946 organized a show of Picasso’s works at his Kootz Gallery in New York City. In the years following, Kootz and his wife, Jane, became quite close with Picasso, as Kootz did with some of the younger artists he represented, including Baziotes. — CA. 1944 — Pablo Picasso and his daughter Maya William and Ethel Baziotes Papers, 1916 – 92 Marcel Breuer (1902–81) designed and built the house in this snapshot in collaboration with his mentor Walter Gropius (1883–1969) in the late 1930s.
Artists unframed : snapshots from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art by Merry A. Foresta