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Artist of the moment………….Bonnie MacLean


Bonnie MacLean was an American poster renown for her work with the Fillmore Auditorium located in San Francisco, California. MacLean was also a promoter and was also once married to concert promoter Bill Graham.

Bonnie MacLean was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1961.

She attended Pennsylvania State University where she received a B.F.A. After college she headed to California and took a job where Bill Graham would serve as her boss. When living in California she attended the San Francisco Academy of Art, the California College of Arts and Crafts, and San Francisco Art Institute.

MacLean took over for artist Wes Wilson after the two had a falling out. She was then in charge of all promotional works that took place at the Fillmore. She went from overseeing the projects, to being the one that had to produce them. She handled the task wonderfully.

MacLean quit doing the posters in 1968. She divorced Graham in 1975. The artist went on to paint landscapes and the nudes.

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Below a montage of works by Bonnie McClean. Images began at the 1:50 mark in the clip:

She became famous for her posters during the late 60s. Her posters gave the appropriate look of psychedelic imagery quite popular at that time. She lived an exciting lifestyle in the 1960s. She expanded on what prior artist Wes Wilson did for his posters by cultural items from the Native American culture. Other poster artists profiled here include David Klein, Stanley Mouse, and Alton Kelley.



Artist of the moment……Karen Kilimnik

Karen Kilimnik is an American artist who works with oils, acrylics, watercolor, pastel,photography, crayons, and markers. Kilimnik also produces installation art.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Kilimnik’s art with our friend James Kalm:

Karen Kalemnik was born in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania in the year 1955. Kilimnik attended Temple University located in Philadelphia.

From a design standpoint Kilimnik is unique in her creative use of the circle in many compositions. Another intersting twist about her work is the shapes of womens hair in her work. The hair is done in a manner that shows movement of the character and atmosphere.

Price range information: Works range from $ 10,000 to $600,000.

Kalemnik is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of New York City.

Kalemnik enjoys portraying feminism in her works. Other feminist artists worth checking are Nicole Eisenman, Judy Chicago, and Hilary Harkness.