Artist Birthdays, August 3: ANTHONY BENEDETTO (TONY BENNETT)
ANTHONY BENEDETTO (August 3, 1926 – )
ARTiFact: Best known as revered singer Tony Bennett, he was chosen as the official artist for the 2001 Kentucky Derby and the United Nations twice commissioned his artwork – including a painting for their 50th Anniversary (purchased by Oprah Winfrey).
Artist Quote: “If you study the masters — Picasso, Jack Benny, Fred Astaire — right up to the the day they died, they were performing. If you are creative, you get busier as you get older.”
Important Artwork (shown below): Homage to Hockney.