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November 07, 2018

Modotti's work featured at Barbican Art Gallery, London, in exhibition on artist couples

"Barbican Art Gallery’s pioneering autumn exhibition Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde showcases the creative output of over 40 artist couples active in the first half of the 20th century. Drawing on loans from private and public collections worldwide, this major interdisciplinary show features the work of painters, sculptors, photographers, architects, designers, writers, musicians and performers, shown alongside personal photographs, love letters, gifts and rare archival material."

October 18, 2017

Justin Herman Plaza needs more than name change

"Replacement names for the plaza already have flooded City Hall. Locally raised author Maya Angelou has been suggested, and African American photographer David Johnson. So has Tina Modotti, an artist who lived in San Francisco briefly and then moved to Mexico with photographer Edward Weston."

July 24, 2009

Remembering an Artist, Activist, and Femme Fatale

"A few weeks ago, I attended an event at our beloved City Lights Bookstore introducing the Tina Modotti Heritage Committee, which is underwriting efforts to bring public recognition to the extraordinary life and artistic heritage of Tina Modotti – one who has been described as an actress, a femme fatale, a socialist, an activist, an internationalist, and above all, an artistic pioneer. She was born in 1896 and lived her brilliant life to the absolute fullest, accomplishing what many would think of as several lives during her all too brief one, as she suffered an untimely death in 1942 at age 45. Her life reflects virtually every major political movement of the early 20th century — and her career and ideology began in our very own city, San Francisco."

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