Posts Tagged ‘works progress administration’

Artist of the moment…….Ad Reinhardt




Ad (Adolf Frederick) Reinhardt was one of the first American abstract painters. Ad Reinhardt was born in Buffalo, New York in the year 1913.  At the beginning of his career the artist started working in a monochrome style working with using red.  This was followed by period of all blue paintings, and then black. The black paintings were produced during the 1960s, at the height of his art career.

From the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City, a closer look at the painting techniques employed by Ad Reinhardt:

Reindhardt was very well schooled having attended Columbia University, the National Academy of Design, the Institute of Fine Arts of New York, and the American Artists School.

Reinhardt taught at the Brooklyn College of art. One famous student of his was modernist sculptor Anne Truitt.

Reinhardt was part of the Works Progress Administration. For these works he painted in a realist style.

Ad Reinhardt passed away in 1967.

Below we catch up with our favorite art amigo, James Kalm, and visit a show celebrating the 100th birthday of Ad Reinhardt:

The artist worked in oils and watercolors.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Reinhardt was awesome at creating unique shapes in abstract works. When combined with his fantastic use of color the results are spectacular.


Artist of the moment….Albert Swinden

Albert Swinden was born in the year 1901 in Birmingham, England. Swinden was an abstract painter. Swinden also painted murals for the Federal Arts Project .  His family moved to Canada and then to the United States when he was still a youngster. Swinden attended the Art Institute of Chicago. He also attended the National Academy of Design located in New York City.

The artist also became a teacher at the New York Art Students League.

The artist married and the couple had a daughter named Alice Carter who went on to become a professional painter.

Swinden also produced a large mural for the 1939 World’s Fair that took place at New York City.

The artist had a fire in his studio in 1940s. Many works were destroyed by this fire.

The artist was not a good business person. He was unable to support himself solely from his art and earned a living working as a designer in the textile field.

Albert Swinden passed away in in 1961.

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Artist of the moment…..Stuart Davis



Stuart Davis was an American painter in a modernist style born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1892. Davis is renowned for his work with jazz musicians and for being the American artist most influenced by the Cubist movement. His father was the editor of an art magazine and his mother was a sculptor.

From the Brooklyn Museum of Art we visit a large mural by Davis:

In this clip a montage of works by Stuart Davis:

Stuart Davis participated in ground breaking Chicago Armory Show that took place one century ago in 1913.

After this show Davis became associated with other modern painters including Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

For his landscapes the artist traveled to Cuba, the American southwest including Taos, and Europe with many scenes being painted of Paris.

The artist was part of the WPA, or Works Progress Administration, which was key in helping to build the career of artists just starting out as the country as a whole was experiencing tough economic times. For these murals Stuart Davis created works dealing with his love of jazz and music.

In this clip we view a large mural painted by Stuart Davis:

Stuart Davis passed away in 1964 at the age of 71 years old.

Price range information:  Prints and lithographs range from $10,000 to $50,000. Works in oils have broken the $1 million dollar barrier. Works in crayon and gouache range from $20,000 to $60,000.


Artist of the moment……Robert Hamilton Blackburn

Robert Hamilton Blackburn was an African American artist born in Summit, New Jersey in the year 1920. The artists parents had come o to the United States from the country of Jamaica. As a youngster he spent much of his childhood in Harlem.

At the Harlem Art Center he become exposed to the world of fine arts. The center was run by the government arm the WPA, or Works Progress Administration. It was Robert Blackburn first learned the art of printing lithographs.

In the 1940s Robert Blackburn began to study at New York City’s famed Art Student’s League. He was a great friend to artist Will Barnet. The two had an idea to form a co-op with fellow artists in order to keep their printmaking dream on going. Due to the success of this program Robert Blackburn won a Governor’s Award.

The artist won a MacArthur Fellowship Grant.

The artist passed away in 2003.

price range information: Most works priced between $2,000 to $10,000.