Artists Unframed - Snapshots from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art

Author(s): Merry Forresta

photographic collections

Artists Unframed features more than 100 images of artists at work and play. These images from the golden age of snapshot photography reveal unguarded (and sometimes unbuttoned) moments in the personal lives of artists who include Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Dizzy Gillespie, Jasper Johns, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso, E. M. Forster, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, Eero Saarinen, and John Waters. The collection was exhibited at the Smithsonian in 2011, and there are plans to travel the show.


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Merry A. Foresta is an independent curator and arts writer. A former curator of photography at the Smithsonian Institution, she served as the founding director of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative from 2000 to 2010.

General Fields

  • : 9781616892951
  • : Princeton Architectural Press
  • : Princeton Architectural Press
  • : March 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Merry Forresta
  • : Hardback
  • : 160