We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans - because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone - because we have the impulse to explain who we are.
Some women painters whose work falls into the public domain in 2017
May Ames (American, 1863 - 1946)
Luce Boyals-Gaudion (French, 1892 - 1946)
Henrietta Bromwell (American, 1859 - 1946)
Maude Drein Bryant (American, 1880 - 1946)
Katherine Bulliet (American, 1880 - 1946)
Ruth Burt-Smith (British, 1864 - 1946)
Mary Butler (American, 1865 - 1946)
Gertrude Rowan Capolino (American, 1899 - 1946)
Helen Lavinia Cochrane (British, 1868 - 1946)
Vivian Crome (English, 1842 - c. 1946)
Marguerite Delorme (1876-1946)
Mary Fairchild MacMonnies Low (American 1858 - 1946)
Hanna Frosterus-Segerstråle (Finnish, 1867 - 1946)
Florence Ada Fuller (Australian, 1867 - 1946)
Wanda Gág (American, 1893-1946)
Paule Gobillard (French, 1869 - 1946)
Adele McGinnis Herter (American, 1869 - 1946)
Mary La Boiteaux (American, d. 1946)
Annie Rose Laing (Scottish, 1869-1946)
Carolina Märta Lindblom (Swedish?, 1871 - 1946)
Emilia Lönblad (Swedish, 1865 - 1946)
Anna Morstadt (Austrian, 1874 - 1946)
Jenny Eugenia Nyström (Swedish, 1854 - 1946)
Marguerite Putsage (Belgian, 1868 - 1946)
Anna Priscilla Risher (American, 1875 - 1946)
Hanna Rönnberg (Finnish, 1860 - 1946)
Lore Scheid (German, 1889 - 1946)
Helene Schjerfbeck (Finnish, 1862 - 1946)
Helena Sturtevant (American, 1872 – 1946)
Helene Tupke-Grande (German, 1871-1946)
Edith White (American, 1855 - 1946)
Dora Wilson (Australian, 1883 - 1946)
(I am very much aware that this list is incomplete as well as terribly West-centric. This is a problem I’ve been trying to address, and one of the ways I can do this is by asking for help so, dear followers, if you know of any women artists, particularly women of colour and non-Western women who could be added to that list, please drop me a line.)
This mural is one of 16 public works painted at hospitals and children’s centers around the world during the artist’s lifetime. Painted in one day, the mural incorporates cartoon characters and animals inspired by the artist’s childhood drawings. When
South of Market Childcare Center (SOMACC) lost its lease and moved to a new location in September 2006, the mural was dismantled and was on view at Deitch Projects in 2010.
Keith Haring painting a mural on The Berlin Wall. October 23, 1986. Photos by Tseng Kwong Chi.
Keith Haring had been invited
the Director of the Checkpoint Charlie Museum to paint the mural. He began shortly after 10 A.M., Since the first six feet of land on the Western side belong to the East, he was not just defacing property of the East German Government, he was entering that country without a visa. A West Berlin policeman used a megaphone to warn him of the fact. But Haring continued, sporadically leaping back onto Western soil when East German border guards looked as if they were about to arrest him.
After 90 minutes, he had completed a third of his mural. He painted an interlocking chain of red and black human forms on a bright yellow background. The colors were those of the East and West German flags.
The artist gave interviews to West German television and radio reporters as he worked and signed autographs. “It’s a humanistic gesture, more than anything else,” said Haring, who called his work “a political and subversive act - an attempt to psychologically destroy the wall by painting it.’‘Asked whether the event was merely a publicity stunt to draw attention to himself, he said, ’'The main objective here is that it is not an insignificant act that goes unnoticed. The entire world should know that it happened, reinforcing its political significance.”
Haring completed the mural shortly after 4 P.M., He denied that it was aimed specifically against East Germany. “It’s for people and it doesn’t matter which side of the wall they’re on. It’s about both sides coming together.”
By the next day, however, someone painted large sections of the mural grey and quickly, other artists painted graffiti on the hundred-metre section that Haring had used. Within months there was very little left to see.