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Modern Art Monday Presents: White Rectangles, Number 3 By Irene Rice Pereira

white rectangles photo by gail worley Photo By Gail

White Rectangles, Number 3 (1939)  is filled with white, blue, gold, and rust-colored geometric shapes that produce a collage-like effect. Some of the forms, particularly those near the center, are defined with strong black outlines, while various patterns and textures articulate others. Artist Irene Pereira (19071971) used a number of different tools, including, possibly, the blunt end of her brush, to carve into the paint surface, creating troughs that enhance the paints physicality and, in repetition, suggest industrial production.

Pereira made this work while a member of the Design Laboratory, a cooperative school of industrial design established under the Works Progress Administration. The school advocated applying abstract design principles not only to painting and sculpture, but also to industrial design and even architecture.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.

Modern Art Monday Presents: O. Louis Guglielmi, One Third of a Nation

One Third of a Nation
Photo By Gail

The title of this work, One Third of a Nation (1939) references President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1937 inaugural address in which he proclaimed, “I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished.” One Third of a Nation is also the title of Arthur Arent’s 1938 play, which emphasized the plight of the poor and was funded by the WPA’s Federal Theater Project. In this painting, O. Louis Guglielmi (1906 – 1956) draws attention to the horrid living conditions during the Great Depression. The forms in the foreground resemble coffins, and subsequently suggest a similar reading of the brick tenements behind them. The floral wreath adorning the building’s cornice reinforces this metaphor.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Happy Birthday, Ginger Baker

Ginger Baker Young
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Legendary Drummer Ginger Baker (Blind Faith) was born on this day, August 19th in 1939! Happy Birthday, Ginger!

Happy Birthday, Tina Turner!

Tina Turner 2009
Tina on Tour in the UK, 2009

Tina Turner celebrates her birthday today, November 26th, having been born in . . .wait for it . . . 1939! I’ll let you do the math. Happy Birthday, Tina!

Happy Birthday, Ian Hunter!

Ian Hunter, Mott The Hoople

Ian Hunter, Singer for Mott The Hoople, was born on this day, June 3rd, in 1939, wow! Read my awesome interview with Ian from way back in the year 2000 at This Link. Happy Birthday, Ian!