American Artist Appreciation Month - August
August - The official month of appreciating American Artists and Arts
The month of August is most certainty the most inspiring, not only because of the summer weather and fun activity available to us, but most importantly because a lot of us, ARTISTS, get to be appreciated. August is when we celebrate the American Artist Appreciation Month and you can be sure that you can find a variety of community events to attend and participate. America has for a long time become a great center of the arts and since its colonization it has been the home of a variety of amazing artists that not only helped us understand our passed but also helped and continue to help shape and reflect our society and culture of today.
Some of my favorite American artists that I will be celebrating in this lens are: Andy Warhol, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe & William Johnson.
In progress. Last updated: 08/20/12
Artists that helped shape USA Culture and history
Below are few American Artists that I admire and appreciate. Let's take a minute to learn a bit about them!
One of the most eccentric and recognizable american artists in history. He was born in August 6, 1928 and lived until 1987. He was the main figure behind the Pop Art movement, and the movement is so strong that it continues to evolve today. He used a variety of media and focused on celebrities culture, artistic expression and advertisement as the main emphasis of his work and that combination certainly helped with the popularity of his work and transformed him into a celebrity. With a style of his own Andy Warhol's lived a full and for some a rebellious life. He was a living legend and will always be part of our rich american culture.
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Mary Cassatt was one of the leading artist in the impressionist movement. Born in 1844, this American artist aesthetics was greatly influenced by French Impressionist movement. However Mary was unique and while other impressionists focused on landscapes, scenes and scenarios, Mary Cassatt focused on creating impressionist portraits which became her signature. later her style evolved and she continued to capture the essence of America until she passed in 1926.
Georgia O'Keeffe is one of the most important female american artists of the 20th century. Born in 1887 O'Keeffe revolutionized the world of art with her abstract drawings and paintings that often depicted cropped sections of natural forms and life created in large scale. Famous for for flower close ups , her paintings often insinuate the female organ and she always managed to give each painting a double meaning. In life she was know to treasure both happiness and sadness and through that appreciation she transmitted a great sentimentality to each single piece of her work.
Artist Appreciation Month Quiz
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William Henry Johnson
Born in March 18, 1901, William Henry Johnson is one of the first African American artists to become recognized for his art and style. With a style of his own, William created paintings that preserved the not only the culture of the African American people of the 20th century, but it preserved the essence of their lives thru the way he expressed sensation thru his brush strokes. During his career he evolved from realism to a folk expressionism and today he is widely recognized for the power of his work. William Henry Johnson died in 1970.