From the archives of the Smithsonian, a collection of rarely seen photographs of artists from Pollack to Warhol to Dizzy Gillespie have been unearthed and sorted into a newly-released book “Artists Unframed: Snapshots from the Archives of American Art.”
Their works on canvas, film, and music recordings have defined and altered our culture. Playful, intimate, and unguarded, the images show a young dark-haired Andy Warhol languishing on the beach with a trio of women, Georgia O’Keeffe lying poised on a beach chair by a pool while Una Hanbury sculpts a bust of her, Lee Krasner staring playfully up at her husband, Jackson Pollack, in a field, both of them with their pants legs rolled up. Housed for decades in the Smithsonian Archive of American Art, this collection of over 100 rarely-seen snapshots from the private papers of many of the artists peels a way a layer of mystique and provides a glimpse into the subtle ways in which they appeared to unwind like the rest of us.
All photos have been been provided by “Artists Unframed: Snapshots from the Archives of American Art by Merry A. Foresta” (Princeton Architectural Press 2015).
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