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Artists Unframed By Curated by Merry A. Foresta

Artists Unframed by Curated by Merry A. Foresta

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Artists Unframed: Snapshots from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art by Curated by Merry A. Foresta

Artists Unframed features more than 100 images of artists at work and play. These images from the golden age of snapshot photography reveal unguarded (and sometimes unbuttoned) moments in the personal lives of artists who include Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Dizzy Gillespie, Jasper Johns, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso, E. M. Forster, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, Eero Saarinen, and John Waters. The collection was exhibited at the Smithsonian in 2011, and there are plans to travel the show.

Artists Unframed Reviews

"A charming selection of everyday snapshots depicting artists on vacation, at parties and with their dogs.. Merry A. Foresta's informative text contains tidbits as surprising and intimate as the photos." -New York Times
"The Smithsonian's archives contain hundreds of photos of 20th-century artists away from their studios. From Pablo Picasso to Frida Kahlo, they are captured on the beach, carving a turkey, petting their dog. More than 100 of these are collected in a new book called Artists Unframed. "In the popular imagination, artists are romantic, exotic beings who live glamorous lives," writes curator Merry Foresta in the introduction, "but these unassuming snapshots depict them with their families, friends and lovers" -The Guardian
"Snapshots offer an informal, often candid look at a person, which explains the intrigue of Artists Unframed, a new book that features rarely seen pictures of the 20th century's top artists."
"Legendary artists being perfectly ordinary."
"Artists Unframed presents more than 100 photographs from the collections of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, all depicting famous artists in intimate, personal moments. Some images are posed, others are candids. There's an un-self-conscious Andy Warhol on the beach at Fire Island, N.Y., sprawled out on the sand with his friends. A young Ansel Adams mugs for the camera in a train station photo booth. Pablo Picasso poses in shorts on a sunny balcony with his young daughter, Maya - the photograph inscribed, "His daughter with whom he's very much in love." -Los Angeles Times
"This collection of over 100 rarely-seen snapshots from the private papers of many of the artists peels a way a layer of mystique and provides a glimpse into the subtle ways in which they appeared to unwind like the rest of us."
"These casual pictures convey an unrehearsed truthfulness that formal portraits do not.... A 1945 day at the beach with Jackson Pollock is a standout, while pictures of undergrad Andy Warhol hanging out with fellow students at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (1948) surprise and intrigue." - Library Journal

About Curated by Merry A. Foresta

Merry A. Foresta is an independent curator and arts writer. A former curator of photography at the Smithsonian Institution, she served as the founding director of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative from 2000 to 2010.

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Artists Unframed: Snapshots from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art by Curated by Merry A. Foresta
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Princeton Architectural Press
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