Portrait of Modotti by Edward Weston

A synthesis of word, image, art, and revolution.

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“My fate lies not in the stars, but in a star: myself.”

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He painted bizarre bone structure and fetal eyeballs.

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A slim, reticent oeuvre.

Self-Portrait, ca. 1917

He shot the most glamorous photo of all time.

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He deserves to be known for more than wallpaper.

juan gris

A symphony of hard angles and rigid lines.

Garduno

A world of allegory and stark juxtaposition.

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His grand-scale pixels pull you close.

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Never before had images been so unsettlingly self-aware.

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His art was populated with talismanic objects.

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Vicarious traveling to a made-up world.

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“The Beguiling of Merlin” tells this painter’s own life story.

Kaprow photographed by Dennis Hopper in 1967

“Forget all the standard art forms.”

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Bordering on the grotesque, but also fragile.

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The most heavy metal of fin-de-siècle French artists.

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An almost aboriginal, somewhat psychedelic, particularly populist style.

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This Mexico-based artist put the “sur” in surrealism.

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From 1958 to 1966 she worked on, and worked over, a single painting.

Van-Gogh

“Real painters do not paint things as they are.”

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His films are pentagrams for the conjuration of narrative.

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He spurned all avant-gardes but his own.

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His contradictions cohere in his personal anthem to “Question Everything.”

His wit, his sculpture, and his being have proven influential.