Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Dine-ing with Laurel (& Hardy)-


June 16, 1860: George Frampton, British sculptor, was born. "Sir George James Frampton, RA was a notable British sculptor and leading member of the New Sculpture movement. Frampton, the London-born son of a stone mason, began his working life in an architect's office before studying under William Silver Frith at the City and Guilds of London Art School (formerly Lambeth School of Art). He went on to the Royal Academy Schools where he won the Gold Medal and Travelling Scholarship. From 1887 to 1890 Frampton undertook further study and work at the studio of Antonin Mercie in Paris. Frampton returned to England and took up a teaching position at the Slade School of Art in 1893. He was married to the artist Christabel Cockerell and had one son, the painter and etcher Meredith Frampton."

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June 16, 1890: Stan Laurel, English actor, was born. "Arthur Stanley Jefferson, better known as Stan Laurel, was an English comic actor, writer and film director, famous as the first half of the comedy double-act Laurel and Hardy, whose career stretched from the silent films of the early 20th century until after World War II."

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June 16, 1935 - Jim Dine, pop artist, was born. "Jim Dine is an American pop artist. He is sometimes considered to be a part of the Neo-Dada movement. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, attended the University of Cincinnati and received a BFA from Ohio University in 1957. He first earned respect in the art world with his "Happenings". Pioneered with artists Claes Oldenburg and Allan Kaprow, in conjunction with musician John Cage, the "Happenings" were chaotic performance art that was a stark contrast with the more somber mood of the expressionists popular in the New York art world. The first of these was the 30 second The Smiling Worker performed in 1959."

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