The father of Impressionism was introduced by his first instructor, Eugene Boudin, a local Normandy artist, to the unusual practice of carrying paints and canvas into the open air. This experience of working directly from the observation of nature set the young Monet on a course he followed for th
Playwright, professor, and Performance artist Anna Deveare Smith grounds her avant-garde theater in the infinitely strange world of reality. "I look for the poem that the person is," Smith says of the real-people inspirations for her dramatic characters. Instead of creating intricate backgrounds for
According to photographer Cindy Sherman, "The male half of society has structured the whole language of how women see and think about themselves." In "Untitled Film Stills" (1977-1980), Sherman featured herself in various guises that resemble stock characters from Hollywood melodramas, providing a Po
As the dramatic doyenne of the fashion world, Vivienne Westwood is England's true queen mother. A mixture of elegance, audacity, humour, and Margaret Thatcher on acid, she shocks, rocks, and continues in her sixties to seduce the fashion world.
Fiercely anti-establishment, anti-hippy, and brilliant