Yoko Ono, John Lennon, and Andy Warhol, June 5, 1971. Photograph by David Bourdon, David Bourdon papers.


Craig Davies for Art-Sheep

For Artists Unframed: Snapshots from the Archives of American Art, curator Merry Foresta collected more than one hundred photographs of art icons with their families and friends, in casual moments.

These photographs present an unknown aspect of these artists’ lives and their characters, as they depict spontaneous and beautiful moments in their lives. From Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso to Andy Warhol and David Hockney, artists here are shown working, partying or even enjoying a day at the beach. Foresta shares her personal favorites, one of them being the one of Andy Warhol and his friends at Fire Island, while expresses that she was surprised by the photographic material of Jackson Pollock’s, whose family seems to have been obsessed with capturing every moment of his life.

Artists Unframed aims to bring out the humane side of these art stars, who are actually much more complex than we imagine them to be. Bringing us closer to the person and not the idea of the artist, these photos capture fun and intimate moments of the artists’ lives, as we’ve never seen them before.

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Pablo Picasso and his daughter Maya, ca. 1944. William and Ethel Baziotes papers.


Marcel Duchamp, Jacques Villon, and Raymond Duchamp-Villon with dog Pipe in the garden of Villon’s studio, Puteaux, France, 1913. Walt Kuhn, Kuhn Family papers and Armory Show records.


Dorothy Cantor, Andy Warhol, and Philip Pearlstein on campus at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, ca. 1948. Philip Pearlstein papers.


Gertrude Abercrombie and Dizzie Gillespie on his birthday, October 21, 1964. Gertrude Abercrombie papers.


Ansel Adams, 1936. Katharine Kuh papers.


Helen Lundeberg at Mount Baldy, San Bernardino County, California, October 1943. Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg papers.


David Hockney at his studio in Los Angeles, April 1982. Photograph by André Emmerich. André Emmerich Gallery records and André Emmerich papers.


Lee Krasner, Stella Pollock, and Jackson Pollock carving a turkey, 1950. Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers.


Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Coyoacán, Mexico. Photograph by Chester Dale (1883–1962), Chester Dale papers.


Jackson Pollock on the beach with a dog, ca. 1945. Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers.



Alexander Calder and Agnes Rindge Claflin in Calder’s studio, in Roxbury, Connecticut ca. 1942. Agnes Rindge Claflin papers concerning Alexander Calder.


Una Hanbury sculpting a bust of Georgia O’Keeffe, 1967. Una Hanbury papers.


George Tooker, Daniel Maloney, and William Christopher, ca. 1951. William Christopher papers.