DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (Archives of American Art) -- Exhibit: Handmade Holiday Cards:
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- Description of Pictures: Handmade Holiday Cards from the Archives of American Art
November 27, 2013 – January 5, 2014
The cards featured in this exhibition -- selected from the hundreds in the Archives of American Art's collections -- reveal how artists imagined the holidays through whimsical watercolors, quirky collages, and cheerful prints and drawings. These handmade cards confirm the irrepressible artistry of their senders and evoke the gift-giving spirit of the holiday season.
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- HHC_131209_001.JPG: Handmade holiday cards
The Smithsonian Archives of American Art holds in its collections hundreds of handmade holiday cards. The cards featured in this exhibition reveal how artists imagined the holidays through whimsical watercolors, quirky collages, and cheerful prints and drawings. These handmade cards confirm the irrepressible artistry of their senders and evoke the gift-giving spirit of the holiday season.
- HHC_131209_014.JPG: Alexander Calder, unsent, 1929:
Influential sculptor and kinetic artist Alexander "Sandy" Calder (1898-1976) in the New Year of 1930 by sending a cheerful linocut of himself jiggling arm in arm with Baby New Year. The card hints at the lively character of the work he was making while living in Paris from 1926 to 1933.
- HHC_131209_036.JPG: Ray Johnson to Helen DeMott, ca 1965
- HHC_131209_042.JPG: Nassos Daphnis to George Constant, ca 1965
- HHC_131209_047.JPG: Lyonel Feininger to George Constant, ca 1952
- HHC_131209_054.JPG: Abril Lemarque, unsent, 1930
- HHC_131209_066.JPG: John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Joseph Cornell, 1971:
John Lennon (1940-1980) and Yoko Ono (b 1933) released the song "Happy XMas (War is Over)" in 1971 as a musical protest against American combat in Vietnam. In accordance with the lyrics, the couple sent this postcard as a Christmas greeting to artist Joseph Cornell.
- HHC_131209_070.JPG: Peter Bardazzi to Dorothy Miller, 1976
- HHC_131209_081.JPG: Minoru Niizuma to Dorothy Miller, ca 1971
- HHC_131209_087.JPG: Xu Bing to Raymond Gloeckler, ca 1990:
In 1989 students across China demonstrated against the Communist government's martial laws enacted at the expense of human rights. As a form of protest, artist Xu Bing (b 1955) created "A Book from the Sky" (1987-91). He gifted a page from the work to his art instructor Raymond Gloeckler. The apparent Chinese characters are not really Chinese at all; rather they are "characters" that Xu created to challenge conventional structures of language, authenticity, and power.
- HHC_131209_092.JPG: Kay Sage to Eleanor Howland Bunce, 1962
- HHC_131209_098.JPG: Robert Motherwell to Joseph Cornell, 1945
- HHC_131209_105.JPG: Jean Gerometta to Kathleen Blackshear, undated
- HHC_131209_117.JPG: handmade holiday cards
from the Archives of American Art
- HHC_131209_119.JPG: Howard Mandel to Ralph Fabri, 1973
- HHC_131209_124.JPG: Marilyn Brownell to James Mullen, 1974
- HHC_131209_129.JPG: Don Baum to Kathleen Blackshear, ca 1965
- HHC_131209_140.JPG: Richard Tuttle to Samuel Wagsaff, ca 1970
- HHC_131209_147.JPG: Wallace Berman to Jay DeFeo, 1970
- HHC_131209_154.JPG: Helen Frankenthaler to Theodoros Stamos, 1960
- HHC_131209_161.JPG: Mike Bidlo to Leo Castelli, ca 1990
- HHC_131209_173.JPG: Charles Burchfield to Louise Burchfield, 1933
- HHC_131209_179.JPG: Robert Indiana to Dorothy Miller, 1964:
The "LOVE" motif by Robert Indiana (b 1928) originated as a holiday card in 1964. One recipient of this card was Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) curator Dorothy Miller. The following year, MoMA commissioned from Indiana a more colorful version of the design for its holiday-card line. Today large-scale LOVE sculptures and found in numerous cities throughout the world.
- HHC_131209_189.JPG: Milton Avery to Fred and Adelaide Morris Gardner, ca 1939
- HHC_131209_196.JPG: Hale Woodruff to James Mullen, 1972
- HHC_131209_203.JPG: Don Flavin to Andrew Bucci, 1963
- HHC_131209_215.JPG: "The Magnificent Pretty Boy" to Chuck and Jan Rosenak, ca 2000
- HHC_131209_222.JPG: Andrew Bucci to Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears, 1957
- HHC_131209_229.JPG: Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears to Andrew Bucci, 1964
- HHC_131209_237.JPG: Nickolas Muray, unsent, 1941
- HHC_131209_249.JPG: Frances Foote to Prentiss Taylor, undated
- HHC_131209_255.JPG: Philip Guston to Dorothy Miller, ca 1972
- HHC_131209_264.JPG: Ad Reinhardt, unsent, ca 1945
- HHC_131209_271.JPG: Ida Proper to Julie Hudson, 1929
- HHC_131209_277.JPG: Marguerite and William Zorach to Antoinette Kraushaar, 1926
- HHC_131209_284.JPG: Janet LaSalle to Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears, ca 1950
- HHC_131209_292.JPG: Leonore Tawney to Maryette Charton, 1965
- HHC_131209_298.JPG: Ed Bisese to Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., 1992
- HHC_131209_309.JPG: Gerry Badger to Samuel Wagstaff, 1980
- HHC_131209_325.JPG: Irwin Hoffman to Milch Gallery, 1949
- HHC_131209_333.JPG: Unichi Hiratsuka to Prentiss Taylor, ca 1970
- HHC_131209_339.JPG: Elizabeth Davy Lochrie to W. Langdon Kihn, undated
- HHC_131209_345.JPG: Margaret Stork to Dorothy Miller, 1964
- HHC_131209_352.JPG: Kenzo Okada to Dorothy Miller, undated
- HHC_131209_362.JPG: Josef Albers to Marcel Breuer, 1938
- HHC_131209_374.JPG: Mary Blumenschein to Chester beach, ca 1925
- HHC_131209_379.JPG: Mine Okubo to Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi, 1959
- HHC_131209_385.JPG: Ann Parker to Raymond Gloeckler, ca 1980
- HHC_131209_391.JPG: Robert Smithson, unsent, ca 1964
- HHC_131209_400.JPG: Alexandra Darrow to Prentiss Taylor, 1957
- HHC_131209_407.JPG: Julia Thecla to Katharine Kuh, undated
- HHC_131209_418.JPG: Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt to Arthur Danto, 1992
- HHC_131209_424.JPG: Alfred Frueh to Wood and Adelaide Lawson Gaylor, ca 1920
- HHC_131209_440.JPG: Everett Hart to Eugenie Gershoy, undated
- HHC_131209_448.JPG: Lois Mailou to Martin Birnbaum, ca 1937
- HHC_131209_454.JPG: Cleanthe Carr to Alfred Frueh, ca 1930
- HHC_131209_461.JPG: Rowena Fry to Ethel Spears and Kathleen Blackshear, ca 1940
- HHC_131209_468.JPG: Henry Pearson to Dorothy Miller, 1968
- HHC_131209_476.JPG: Peter Hunt, unsent, ca 1940
- HHC_131209_483.JPG: Bill Brincka to Ethel Spears and Kathleen Blackshear, undated
- HHC_131209_490.JPG: Claes Oldenburg to Samuel Wagstaff, ca 1965
- HHC_131209_497.JPG: Frederick Hammersley, unsent, ca 1955
- HHC_131209_507.JPG: Rudolph Schaeffer, unsent, ca 1935
- HHC_131209_511.JPG: Reiji Kimura to Dorothy Miller, 1966
- HHC_131209_529.JPG: Frank Di Gioia to Dorothy Miller, 1943
- HHC_131209_541.JPG: Lena Gurr to Ralph Fabri, undated
- HHC_131209_545.JPG: Noche Crist to Prentiss Taylor, ca 1958
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