The grapes of February 2021

The grapes of February 2021 – all the latest news and views on classical & contemporary art and artists from MappaArt’s global art grapevine.

8 Female Surrealists Who Are Not Frida Kahlo—from Meret Oppenheim to Dorothea Tanning 

“Mexican artist and cultural icon Frida Kahlo is arguably the world’s most famous female Surrealist, but women across the globe have long employed art to plumb the depths of dreams and the unconscious. As art historian Whitney Chadwick notes in LACMA’s catalogue In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States, the companion to the museum’s 2012 exhibition, “Surrealism’s legacy included a model for creative practices that encouraged many women to adapt its principles in their search to link artistic self-identity to the realities of gender and female sexuality.”

Surreal artist Helen Lundeberg

“Biological Fantasy”, 1946, by Helen Lundeberg, © The Feitelson / Lundeberg Art Foundation, courtesy of Louis Stern Fine Arts.


Source: europeana

“Throughout history, mosaic art has been an expression of aesthetics, spirituality and luxury. Here are inspirational Greek, Roman and Christian mosaics that have brought art and color to the walls and floors of palaces, theatres, churches, public buildings, villas and baths.”

Classical art Mosaic depicting Raphaël

Mosaic depicting Raphaël, [Public domain] via europeana

Ed Benguiat: Stranger Things, Esquire and the 600 Creations of a Unique Typographer

Source: Domestika

“A retrospective on the prolific typographer and logo designer, featuring some of his most emblematic creations

“Ed Benguiat (1924-2020) was an American typographer, designer, and lettering artist whose influence on the creative world is difficult to overstate. In addition to having served as associate director of Esquire magazine—whose logo he designed, he was a prestigious jazz percussionist under the name Eddie Benart, a pilot, a teacher with more than 50 years of experience, and, every now and then, he found the time to retouch some “scandalous” images in magazines.”

Classical Typography

Fat Stuff design, Ed Benguiat, School of Visual Arts Archive via Domestika

Study Finds Artists Become Famous through Their Friends, Not the Originality of Their Work


“Ingram and his colleague Mitali Banerjee, of HEC Paris, used MoMA’s findings to examine the role that creativity and social networks played for these artists, in relationship to the level of fame they achieved. In a 2018 paper, they relayed their findings—including that for successful artists, making friends may be more important than producing novel art.”

Peer network of artists

Peer network of the artists in “Inventing Abstraction, Courtesy of Paul Ingram and Mitali Banerjee via