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Tarō Okamoto

Happy birthday to Japanese painter and sculptor Tarō Okamoto, born on February 26, 1911 in Kawasaki’s Takatsu village in Kanagawa. Here is an untitled work by Okamoto.

“Clearing Away” by Mark Rothko

Remembering abstract painter Mark Rothko, who died on this day February 25, 1970 in New York City.

“Mother and child” by Richard Hamilton

Painter and collage artist Richard Hamilton was born on this day February 24, 1922 in the Pimlico area of Central London.

“Still Life #35” by Tom Wesselmann

Painter, collage artist, sculptor, and country music songwriter Tom Wesselmann was born on this day February 23, 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Wesselmann was often grouped with the pop art movement, though he objected to being a part of it.

Soviet Film Wednesday: The Battle of Kerzhenets

Made in 1971, The Battle of Kerzhenets is based on the mythical underwater city of Kitezh. According to legend, the Russian town “Little Kitezh” was built on the Volga River in the early 13th century. The Mongols had been invading nearby territories during this time, and when they reached Kitezh they started to attack the citizens, but …

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“The Friends” by Constance Stokes

Australian painter Constance Stokes was born on February 22, 1906 in Miram, Victoria.

“Steigendes Pferd” by Hans Erni

Happy birthday to painter, illustrator, muralist, graphic designer, and sculptor Hans Erni, who was born on February 21, 1909 in Lucerne, Switzerland and lived to the age of 106.

The Cramps – “Ultra Twist”

Happy birthday to guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of The Cramps, Poison Ivy a.k.a. Poison Ivy Rorschach, born Kristy Marlana Wallace on this day February 20, 1953 in San Bernardino, California.

Shigeru Umebayashi – “Yumeji´s Theme”

Happy birthday to composer Shigeru Umebayashi, famous for his exceptional film scores, especially the song “Yumeji’s Theme” for Yumeji (1991) which was also used in the film In the Mood for Love (2000), and his music for House of Flying Daggers (2004). Umebayashi was born on this day February 19, 1951 in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan.

“Silent Series #14” by Wallace Berman

On this day, February 18, 1926, collage artist and filmmaker Wallace “Wally” Berman was born in Staten Island. He moved with his family to Boyle Heights, Los Angeles in the 1930s and eventually became one of the most prominent post-war California artists. He died on this day at the age of 50 on February 18, …

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