Thursday, February 14, 2013

Edward Avedisian (1936–2007)

Edward Avedisian was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1936. He studied art at the Boston Museum School. He was artist-in-residence at The University of Kansas in 1969, and taught this year at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Since 1958 he has had ten one- man shows in New York City ( He has exhibited in one-man shows at the Hansa Gallery, New York. )

Kool Aid

One of two Avedisians in the collection. Avedisian has been exhibiting abstract painting in New York since 1959, soon after he moved here from Boston. The striking paint quality, original color sense, and sheer make this one of the outstanding works by an artist of his generation to enter the collection.Avedisian's community of interest with postwar European abstraction stands as a challenge to the narrowness of much recent American taste

Highlights of the Art Season, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art., 1969
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1965-1975, Author: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)

Ludwig Mactarian (1908-1955)

Ludwig Mactarian was born in New York on January 1, 1908. He was an ethnic Armenian.Ludwig Mactarian was employed on the Artist Project of the WPA. As a serviceman, he was assigned to an engineer unit as an artist-correspondent. His paintings and sculptures may be found in several federal buildings.

Painting of Monte Altuzzo Area
Painting of Monte Altuzzo from the slope in front of Paretaio Farmhouse. Painting by Sgt. Ludwig Mactarian, combat artist of the Fifth Army.

Blacks in the United States Army: Portraits Through History, Martha S. Putney
Three Battles: Arnaville, Altuzzo, and Schmidt, 8. part,1. volume, Author: Charles Brown MacDonald,Sidney T. Mathews

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Charles Garabed Atamian ( 1872-1947)

He completed his early education at the Mkhitaryan Armenian School in Pera, Istanbul. After studying at the Murad Rafaelian School in Venice and the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, between 1894 and 1896 Garabed Şarl Atamian (1872−1947) became one of the leading painters of imperial portraits with florid baroque frames set against palatial landscapes produced on the wares of the Imperial Porcelain Factory at Yıldız. However, unfavorable political conditions led him to emigrate to Paris the following year.

Signaturenlexikon / Dictionary of Signatures, Paul Pfisterer - 2012
Monogrammlexikon 1: Internationales Verzeichnis der Monogramme, Franz Goldstein, Ruth Kähler, Hermann Kähler - 1999
Armenian Painters in the Ottoman Empire, Garo Kurkman

Monday, February 11, 2013

Charles Mazoujian ( 1918-? )

Charles Mazoujian was the creator of a cartoon strip called "Lady Luck." .Also, He was a member of a Coast Artillery battery, a railroad unit known in the Army as the "Iron Horse" boys, stationed on the U. S. East Coast.
Take Cover
 Take Cover is Private Charles Mazoujian's exciting sketch of soldiers unloading from a truck convoy while being strafed by a swarm of low-flying enemy planes. Artist Mazoujian says he memorized the scenes on this page from actual maneuvers in which he and his battery participated.

Taking A Break
Taking A Break, says the artist, shows "boys just returned from a 10-mile march brooding over the fact that blistered feet caused them to break a heavy date.

"Depress!" shows a gun crew loading a 12-in. mortar and maneuvering it into firing position on a mobile railway mount. 

LIFE - 9 Feb 1942

Arshak Fetvadjian ( 1866-1947 )

Arshak Fetvadjian was another great painter who made the transfer to canvas of Armenian archeological objects his specialty; and among his many paintings on the subject he gave an important place to Ani. His work brought Ani and the other architectural gems of Armenia to the attention of the civilized world.

Watercolor on Paper

Following the creation of the Democratic Republic of Armenia in 1918, the members of the country's Finance Ministry commissioned Fetvadjian to draw up the new currency (to replace the Russian ruble) and stamps for the nascent state.

A bird-like animal motif, taken from an impost block on the east facade of the Tigran Honents church

London issue "Londonski": This issue started to circulate at the beginning of 1920. (Other sources state that these bank notes entered into circulation in February /March 1921.) Bank notes were created by painter Arshak Abrahmi Fetvadjian and printed by Waterlow & sons Limited in London.

Armenia the cradle of Gothic architecture, Armenian National Council of America.
Transcaucasian Banknotes, by Arutiun Airapetian,Marcelo Gryckiewicz
The Republic of Armenia, Vol. II: From Versailles to London, 1919-1920, Hovannisian, Richard G. (1982).