Artist and Studio
Damien Hirst, Arse Hole :  “The self-portrait which was painted by one of Hirst’s many assistants is part of the Hirst ‘Arse Series’ where he depicts himself as the contemporary ‘anal bullshit’ con-artist that he is. “I aim to paint myself as limitless angular momentum in constant toilet flushing flux. My anal sphincter muscles loosen and expel hydrostatic equilibrium into the anus-sphere of existence and of course stick a dead fucking cow in there too,” Hirst writes in Arthole magazine.   link

Damien Hirst, Arse Hole :  “The self-portrait which was painted by one of Hirst’s many assistants is part of the Hirst ‘Arse Series’ where he depicts himself as the contemporary ‘anal bullshit’ con-artist that he is. “I aim to paint myself as limitless angular momentum in constant toilet flushing flux. My anal sphincter muscles loosen and expel hydrostatic equilibrium into the anus-sphere of existence and of course stick a dead fucking cow in there too,” Hirst writes in Arthole magazine.   link

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), recommendations for Walt Kuhn for the Armory Show, 1912. 
"Kuhn asked Picasso to recommend European artists for the 1913 Armory Show, the first international exhibition of Modern art in the United States. This list is Picasso’s recommendations, including Marcel Duchamp whose Nude Descending a Staircase (1912) caused an uproar at the exhibition, Fernand Léger, Robert Dulaunay, and Juan Gris.”  via

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), recommendations for Walt Kuhn for the Armory Show, 1912. 

"Kuhn asked Picasso to recommend European artists for the 1913 Armory Show, the first international exhibition of Modern art in the United States. This list is Picasso’s recommendations, including Marcel Duchamp whose Nude Descending a Staircase (1912) caused an uproar at the exhibition, Fernand Léger, Robert Dulaunay, and Juan Gris.”  via

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519)
"Allegedly, at 24, da Vinci was arrested with a group of fellow young companions (including the “model”/servant Salai) and charged with sodomy. No witnesses came forward, so the charges were dropped after da Vinci spent two months in jail. Despite it officially being a serious offense, it wasn’t that big of a deal, as “anonymous charges like this were brought against people just for a nuisance” and Renaissance Florentines made less distinctions about sexuality than in today’s society."  via

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519)

"Allegedly, at 24, da Vinci was arrested with a group of fellow young companions (including the “model”/servant Salai) and charged with sodomy. No witnesses came forward, so the charges were dropped after da Vinci spent two months in jail. Despite it officially being a serious offense, it wasn’t that big of a deal, as “anonymous charges like this were brought against people just for a nuisance” and Renaissance Florentines made less distinctions about sexuality than in today’s society."  via

Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918)
"Allegedly Schiele’s studio attracted gatherings of delinquent young people, to the dismay of the town. He was eventually arrested for seducing an underage girl, but those charges were later dropped. He was, however, charged with keeping his “pornographic” portraiture where it could be accessible to children. One artwork was even burned demonstratively in front of the court."   via

Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918)

"Allegedly Schiele’s studio attracted gatherings of delinquent young people, to the dismay of the town. He was eventually arrested for seducing an underage girl, but those charges were later dropped. He was, however, charged with keeping his “pornographic” portraiture where it could be accessible to children. One artwork was even burned demonstratively in front of the court."   via

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair, 1940. Oil on canvas, detail. MoMA
Kahlo recalled that in her life she had two great tragedies. One was the horrific trolley accident in her youth that doomed her to a lifetime of pain and suffering. The other, she said, was Diego; the husband who tormented her with his multiple infidelities. “Diego,” she said, “was by far the worst.”    [i]

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair, 1940. Oil on canvas, detail. MoMA

Kahlo recalled that in her life she had two great tragedies. One was the horrific trolley accident in her youth that doomed her to a lifetime of pain and suffering. The other, she said, was Diego; the husband who tormented her with his multiple infidelities. “Diego,” she said, “was by far the worst.”    [i]

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Italian, 1571 – 1610)
"Art history’s hot-blooded bad boy Caravaggio was repeatedly arrested and sued for slashing a cloak of an adversary, throwing a plate of cooked artichokes at a waiter, making a hole in his studio to fit in a large painting, abusing the police, scarring a guard and attempting to castrate someone who had insulted him. He received a death sentence after killing a man in a sword fight over a prostitute. He fled Rome, got into a fight with a knight on the way, got arrested, escaped, got in a bar brawl in Naples, got a pardon from the Pope, and got arrested again before he could get on his ship-ride back. He was abandoned on the coast without his possessions, which had sailed without him. He fell ill and died."  via

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Italian, 1571 – 1610)

"Art history’s hot-blooded bad boy Caravaggio was repeatedly arrested and sued for slashing a cloak of an adversary, throwing a plate of cooked artichokes at a waiter, making a hole in his studio to fit in a large painting, abusing the police, scarring a guard and attempting to castrate someone who had insulted him. He received a death sentence after killing a man in a sword fight over a prostitute. He fled Rome, got into a fight with a knight on the way, got arrested, escaped, got in a bar brawl in Naples, got a pardon from the Pope, and got arrested again before he could get on his ship-ride back. He was abandoned on the coast without his possessions, which had sailed without him. He fell ill and died."  via

"Jacques-Louis David was an active supporter of the French Revolution and of Robespierre, but was imprisoned after Robespierre’s fall from power. The conditions of his imprisonment were relatively lenient. He painted this self-portrait while in prison at the House of Detention at the Hôtel des Fermes, rue de Grenelle. His cell was a small studio belonging to one of his pupils."   via

"Jacques-Louis David was an active supporter of the French Revolution and of Robespierre, but was imprisoned after Robespierre’s fall from power. The conditions of his imprisonment were relatively lenient. He painted this self-portrait while in prison at the House of Detention at the Hôtel des Fermes, rue de Grenelle. His cell was a small studio belonging to one of his pupils."   via

"Together, Mr. Currin and Ms. Feinstein have become the ruling power couple in today’s art world — perhaps the most potent marital pair since Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner in the 1950s”
Currin is 49 (or 50), has a BFA from Carnegie Mellon and an MFA from Yale. He has had retrospective exhibitions at the Whitney and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and is represented in the permanent collections of the Hirshhorn and the Tate Gallery.  “Currin’s canvases, sensual mash-ups of Old Master figure painting and 1970s porn (which sometimes feature his wife) became certifiably blue-chip when one sold for $5.5 million at Sotheby’s in 2008.”
Currin’s wife, Rachel, is 41 and has a BA from Columbia. She “applied for a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University, but believes she was rejected because she wore a transparent plastic miniskirtand a T-shirt reading “I’m a Satisfier”.[w]  “Rachel is a sculptor whose works have collected some notable collectors.”
The New York Times

"Together, Mr. Currin and Ms. Feinstein have become the ruling power couple in today’s art world — perhaps the most potent marital pair since Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner in the 1950s”

Currin is 49 (or 50), has a BFA from Carnegie Mellon and an MFA from Yale. He has had retrospective exhibitions at the Whitney and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and is represented in the permanent collections of the Hirshhorn and the Tate Gallery.  “Currin’s canvases, sensual mash-ups of Old Master figure painting and 1970s porn (which sometimes feature his wife) became certifiably blue-chip when one sold for $5.5 million at Sotheby’s in 2008.”

Currin’s wife, Rachel, is 41 and has a BA from Columbia. She “applied for a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University, but believes she was rejected because she wore a transparent plastic miniskirtand a T-shirt reading “I’m a Satisfier”.[w]  “Rachel is a sculptor whose works have collected some notable collectors.”

The New York Times

Jeanne Hébuterne, French artist, best known as the frequent subject and common-law wife of artist Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920).
When Modigliani died Hébuterne’s family brought her to their home but Jeanne, totally distraught, threw herself out of the fifth-floor apartment window the day after Modigliani’s death, killing herself and her unborn child. She was only 21.

Jeanne Hébuterne, French artist, best known as the frequent subject and common-law wife of artist Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920).

When Modigliani died Hébuterne’s family brought her to their home but Jeanne, totally distraught, threw herself out of the fifth-floor apartment window the day after Modigliani’s death, killing herself and her unborn child. She was only 21.

Joan Mitchell’s love letter to Michael Goldberg(1951)
Hey beautiful,
   Just got your letter … — God you mean a lot to me — it’s never been like this before in my life. I cleaned the studio — made the bed … — I’m using the paint off your palette — I feel so close to you … — I’m drinking the beer you left on the windowsill — & I’m kissing you — this I do all the time …
When Mitchell wrote this letter to her fellow abstract painter, he was spending six months in Rockland State Hospital, Orangeburg, N.Y., in lieu of serving prison time for writing bad checks on her husband’s account.   
(source)  photo & letter Smithsonian

Joan Mitchell’s love letter to Michael Goldberg(1951)

Hey beautiful,

   Just got your letter … — God you mean a lot to me — it’s never been like this before in my life. I cleaned the studio — made the bed … — I’m using the paint off your palette — I feel so close to you … — I’m drinking the beer you left on the windowsill — & I’m kissing you — this I do all the time …

When Mitchell wrote this letter to her fellow abstract painter, he was spending six months in Rockland State Hospital, Orangeburg, N.Y., in lieu of serving prison time for writing bad checks on her husband’s account.   

(source)  photo & letter Smithsonian

Lee Miller by Man Ray 1930
In the late 1920s Miller went to live in Paris where she became photographic assistant, muse and lover to Man Ray (she later became a photographer in her own right).

Lee Miller by Man Ray 1930

In the late 1920s Miller went to live in Paris where she became photographic assistant, muse and lover to Man Ray (she later became a photographer in her own right).

Tosca Olinsky (American, 1909-1984)
The daughter of painter Ivan Olinsky, Tosca was a painter and teacher at the school at the Old Lyme Artists Colony. She painted using principals of modern art such as Cubism and Precisionism, with restrained, decorative subject matter, often choosing to paint still lifes.
Photo by Peter A. Juley & Son.   Smithsonian.

Tosca Olinsky (American, 1909-1984)

The daughter of painter Ivan Olinsky, Tosca was a painter and teacher at the school at the Old Lyme Artists Colony. She painted using principals of modern art such as Cubism and Precisionism, with restrained, decorative subject matter, often choosing to paint still lifes.

Photo by Peter A. Juley & Son.   Smithsonian.