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Stern, Bert

Bert Stern (American, b. 1929) is a renowned fashion and lifestyle photographer, known for his images of many of the 20th century’s most glamorous women, including Audrey Hepburn, Madonna, and Elizabeth Taylor. A self-taught photographer, Stern began his career as an assistant at Look magazine […]

Venet, Bernar

Bernar Venet (French, b. 1941) is a notable Conceptual artist who was born in Chateau-Arnoux, France. As a young boy, he was often sick with asthma, leaving him unable to be a normal child. With the help of a local artist, Venet began to explore […]

Hurrell, George

George Hurrell (American, b. 1904) was key figure in the creation of Hollywood glamour, Hurrell was arguably the most important still photographer in the history of American commercial film. Hurrell’s first important client was Ramon Novarro; his shot of the dashing star in courtly armor […]

Man Ray

MAN RAY (1890–1976) Man Ray was a pioneer in 20th century avant-garde art and photography and a leading figure in the Dada and Surrealist art movements in both America and in France, where he lived for many years. Born Emmanuel Radnitzky in Philadelphia in 1890, he […]

Sturges, Jock

Jock Sturges (American, b.1947) is best known for his intimate, arresting photographs, often of nude adolescent girls erotically posed in nature. Born in New York City, Sturges studied at Marlboro College in Vermont, and later received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. In […]

De Kooning, Elaine

Born in 1920 and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Elaine de Kooning (née Fried) studied at Hunter College and the Leonardo da Vinci Art School. At the age of 18, she met fellow artist Willem de Kooning at a cafeteria, became his student, and quickly […]

Basquiat, Jean-Michel

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) was born and raised in Brooklyn, the son of a Haitian-American father and a mother of Puerto Rican decent. At an early age, he showed a precocious talent for drawing, and his mother enrolled him as a Junior Member of the Brooklyn […]

Francis, Sam

Considered the foremost American expatriate in the Paris avant-garde of the 1950s, Sam Francis was born in San Mateo, California. In 1941 Francis enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, to study medicine, but joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943. Because of a […]

Erté (Romaine de Tirtoff)

Erté was born Romain de Tirtoff in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1892. The only son of an admiral in the Imperial Fleet, he was raised amidst Russia’s social elite. As a young boy, he was fascinated by the Persian miniatures he found in his father’s […]


Banksy is a street (graffiti) artist from Bristol, UK, whose artwork initially appeared in public spaces throughout London, though has since been found all over the world.  Despite that his artwork is widely known, the artist is not.  Banksy carefully manages to keep his real […]