Friday, August 31, 2018

Artist of the day, August 31: Richard Lindner, German-American painter, illustrator, art director

Richard Lindner (1901 – 1978) was a German-American painter.

Richard Lindner was born in Hamburg, Germany. In 1905 the family moved to Nuremberg, where Lindner's mother was owner of a custom-fitting corset business and Richard Lindner grew up and studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule (Arts and Crafts School), now the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg. From 1924 to 1927 he lived in Munich and studied there from 1925. In 1927 Lindner moved to Berlin and stayed there until 1928, when he returned to Munich to become art director of a publishing firm. He remained in Munich until 1933, when he was forced to flee to Paris. Once in Paris, Lindner became politically engaged, sought contact with French artists and earned his living as a commercial artist. He was interned when World War II broke out in 1939 and later served in the French Army.

In 1941, Lindner moved to the United States and worked in New York City as an illustrator of books and magazines. There he made contact with New York artists and German emigrants such as Albert Einstein, Marlene Dietrich, and Saul Steinberg. In 1948, Lindner became an American citizen.

In 1952, Lindner started teaching at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. In 1957 Lindner received the William and Norma Copley Foundation-Award. In 1965, he became Guest Professor at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg, Germany. His paintings at this time used the sexual symbolism of advertising and investigated definitions of gender roles in the media. In 1967, Lindner moved to Yale University School of Art and Architecture, New Haven.

Richard Lindner started his career as an artist eventually at the age of 40 in New York. In this metropolitan jungle Lindner created his oeuvre: exciting and powerful images of robot like figures, amazons and heroines, harlequins of self-styled heroes - his artistic panorama of the unruly 60s and 70s of the 20th century. One of Lindner's paintings, "Boy With Machine," 1954, appears on the cover-leaf of Deleuze's Anti-Oedipus, and thus the image has formed part of many readers' introduction to Deleuze's later and more accessible philosophy.

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1955, The Billiard

1955, The Couple

1958-61, Pause

1958, Stranger

1958, The Scream, The Cry

1960, Fun City NYC

1960, The Secret

1963, The Street

1964, Coney Island II

1966, Leopard Lilly

1966, Rock-Rock

1966, Telephone

1966-67, Angel in me

1967, We Are All One (from Portfolio 9)

1968, Fatal Stop

1968, On (New York City)

1969, First Ave (Pizza)

1969, Girl with Hoop

1969, Miss American Indian

1969, Portrait No. 2 from the "After Noon" Portfolio

1969, University Art Museum

1970, Marilyn Was Here

1970, Talk to Me

1970, Woman

1971, 24 Hr. Service from Fun City

1971, Blondie

1971, Corsage

1971, Hit from Fun City

1971, Lollipop

1971, N.Y. Men

1971, Nude Art I

1971, Poet from Fun City

1971, Rear window

1971, Shoot from Fun City

1971, St. Marks Place from Fun City

1971, The Couple

1971, Uptown from Fun City

1971, Woman on yellow background

1972, sketch for East 69th Street

1972, FBI On East 69th street

1973, Solitaire

1973, The Ace of Clubs

1974, How It All Began from After Noon

1974, Miss American Indian from After Noon

1974, Portrait #1 from After Noon

1975, A letter from New York

1975, Amazone

1975, Arizona

1975, Front and Profil

1975, Untitled (Cowgirl Nude)

1975, Untitled (Lady with Purse)

1975, Untitled (Man with Bow Tie)

1975, Untitled (Man with Hat)

1976, After Noon portfolio

1976-77, Couple

1977, sketch for Confrontation

1977, Expo 1977