2001-07-07 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

by Susan Hartenstein

From The Artists Studio
Rockaway Artists Alliance

Tired of doing those endless TV Guide crossword puzzles? Brain not being challenged anymore by the acrostics? Anagrammed out? Well, this July 4 weekend, take something different to the beach. Something that will not only challenge your mind, but will impress your fellow sunbathers. Something that yells culture with a capital "K."

Yes, my friends, it is time for the 8th (or is it 9th?) "Rockaway Artists Alliance Test Your Art Knowledge Quiz." How well do you really know Pollack? Was your answer to Frank Lloyd Wright or Wrong? Find out in the next several minutes as we tickle your memory and your fancy to come up with the correct responses to the following questions – all, by the way, with a patriotic theme. Some are tough, some are easy, some in between. Remember, you may look up answers. One of the goals of this quiz is to let you find out art stuff you didn’t know before. So, enjoy and throw another shrimpkabob on the barbie for me. Answers will be in next week’s column.

  1. What famous American caricaturist incorporates the name of his daughter, Nina, in all of his drawings?
  2. What American Revolutionary War patriot was a well-known silversmith? In fact, no one could hold a candle to him. (Hint, hint.)
  3. Joseph Cornell gathered found items, such as stamps and newspaper cuttings, in a seemingly random manner in wooden boxes. What were these arranged artworks called?
  4. Name the successful recent RAA exhibition which contained the same kind of arranged boxes by Donnarae Aiello.
  5. What July 4 quiz would be complete without: Name the contemporary American artist whose encaustic painting, "Three Flags," pictures three differently-sized American flags superimposed on each other?
  6. This American painter and ornithologist has been in the news recently for his controversial "MO" His "Birds of America" remains a classic. Name him.
  7. All-American football player, law school graduate, actor and singer, this acclaimed African-American was famous for his stirring rendition of " Ol’ Man River." Who was he?
  8. Self-taught as an artist, this farmer’s wife began painting rural scenes when she was in her late 70’s. Who was this "primitive" artist?
  9. Known for her very large-scale paintings of bones and flowers, this artist spent the latter part of her life in New Mexico. Who was she?
  10. Perhaps best known for his seascapes in oil, this artist did some of his finest work in watercolor, painting the West Indies and rivers of the Adirondacks. This American artist shares his last name with the first name of a character in a TV cartoon comedy series. Name him.
  11. His one-man show, "Photographs: Near and Far", recently ran at the RAA gallery, sTudio 6. Name this award-winning photographer whose works have appeared in such respected venues as the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
  12. Born in New York, this abstract expressionist was greatly influenced by Jackson Pollack. The technique she developed for staining canvases with color influenced the color field painters. Name her.

Challenged? Amused? Stimulated? All of the above? Hope so. Remember – if you are stumped, look it up. Or just wait until next week.

Somehow, last week I neglected to thank the person most responsible for the success of RAA’s fundraiser. Marina Callaghan does a magnificent job each year of organizing this event. She does it with charm, friendship and great intelligence. Let’s do it again next year.

Hope you had a great 4th!


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