A to Z of American Women in the Visual Arts (Facts on File by Carol Kort, Liz Sonneborn

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Then I began to take pride in the mural and in the Chicano section in particular. . ” In order to organize such a massive undertaking, in 1976 Baca helped found, and since 1981 has served as the artistic director of, the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), a multicultural public arts center in Venice, California, where Baca lives. Baca prepared artistically for The Great Wall by attending an intensive workshop in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where she immersed herself in mural painting. Her role models were premier Chicano muralists Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

Bishop also excelled at works on paper. Edward Lucie-Smith, in American Realism (1994), described her drawings as among the strongest in 20th-century American art. But Bishop saw herself as a “painter’s painter,” and her drawings and etchings as preparatory stages for the final product: paintings. In 1927, at 25, Bishop completed the first in a series of modest self-portraits that were, according to Helen Yglesias, author of Isabel Bishop (1989), “intensely honest probings of the self . . ” Bishop would continue to paint self-portraits until shortly before she died, in her mid-80s.

Cecilia Beaux died in 1942 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, at her beloved summer home. “Art is not born,” she wrote in her autobiography. ” In 1974, a retrospective of her impressive body of work, executed during a lengthy and productive career, was held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Further Reading Beaux, Cecilia. Background with Figures. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1930. , and Elizabeth Baily. Cecilia Beaux: Portrait of an Artist. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1974.

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