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Art News — July 22, 2011

 In Art & Gallery News, Art News Links, Artist Birthdays, Video

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Alexander Calder, Google Doodle

Google’s home page doodle celebrates Alexander Calder’s 113th birthday, July 22, 2011.

Calder’s mobile Google Doodle: Most famous for his mobile sculptures, American artist Alexander Calder (July 22, 1898 – November 11, 1976) was born 113 years ago today. Google is celebrating the occasion with a colorful interactive doodle on their home page. (Read more: Park West Gallery Artist Biographies: Alexander Calder) {via Google}

– Another reason to celebrate: Friday marks the  129th birthday of another prominent artist, Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967). The American Realist is perhaps best known for painting Nighthawks (1942).

– RIP Lucian Freud: Britain’s famed Realist figure painter Lucian Freud (December 8, 1922 – July 20, 2011), grandson of the inventor of modern psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud, died in London on Wednesday. “I paint people, not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be,” the artist once said. Freud was 88. {via AFP}

– Oh say, can you see?: The Museum of Non-Visible Art (MONA) recently made its first big sale when a female “art collector” paid $10,000 for a “conceptual work” entitled “Fresh Air.” Unfortunately, not only was she unable to preview the work, she still has no idea what it looks like — and she never will! Established by actor James Franco, MONA and the works of art it sells are actually invisible! Sorry folks, Park West Gallery only offers artwork that can be seen by the naked eye. {via NPR}

– What to do this weekend: Take part in one of Michigan’s favorite summer pastimes — the Ann Arbor Art Fair. Now in its 52nd year, this family-friendly event is comprised of four different art fairs and features more than 1,100 artists. Hours: Friday, 10am – 9pm and Saturday, 10am – 6pm. For more info, visit artfairs.visitannarbor.org.

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