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Happy Birthday to Carleton Watkins, born on November 11, 1829, in Oneonta, New York. After first moving to California in 1851 to search for gold, Watkins quickly took to photography. He found early fame for his award-winning work, and his photographs of Yosemite Valley are widely credited as influencing Congress and President Lincoln to preserve it as what would eventually become a national park. Yet bad luck in business and natural disaster led Watkins to die destitute and all-but-forgotten in 1916. Peaks and Perils: The Life of Carleton Watkins comes from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s ‘Pioneers of Photography’ series – the same series from which we drew the Julia Margaret Cameron video.

Thank you Tyler Green, today’s Guest Editor of the Day, for selecting our Video of the Day. Green is an historian, award-winning critic, and author of the highly acclaimed recently released biography, Carleton Watkins: Making the West American. Buy your copy today.

Museums

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MUSEUMS: The National Gallery Faces the Gender Gap

13:29

LONGFORM: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction

6:57

MUSEUMS: The Guerrilla Girls Are Still Questioning

4:32

MUSEUMS: Andy Warhol Was Out Against the Grain

6:26

MUSEUMS: Judy Chicago Is out of Step

Galleries

2:39

GALLERIES: Chemould Prescott Road Gives Indian Artists a Voice

4:51

GALLERIES: All Eyes Are on Carol Rama

3:02

GALLERIES: Chang Tsong Zung Counters a Proposition

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GALLERIES: Jessica Stockholder Work Does Not Stand on Its Own

Sponsor
3:29

GALLERIES: ‘Minimal Means: Concrete Inventions in the US, Brazil and Spain’

Studios

8:33

VAULT: Agnes Martin on Ideas Versus Inspiration (1997)

2:57

STUDIOS: Vija Celmins Paintings Are Their Own Reality

4:12

STUDIOS: How Carolee Schneemann Drew Inspiration

2:37

STUDIOS: Leo Villareal Explores Light’s Primal Effects

1:52

STUDIOS: Betye Saar Has Stories to Tell

Community

8:34

COMMUNITY: #5WomenArtists with The Art Assignment

4:33

VAULT: Laurie Anderson Tries to Be Innocent (1984 & 1999)

1:15:53

LONGFORM: Roberta Smith on Painter Elizabeth Murray

3:36

COMMUNITY: Dorothea Tanning Inhabits the Night

10:10

VAULT: GalleryBeat TV Pollutes Our Minds

Market

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MARKET: TEFAF Maastricht Entrance Behind-the-Scenes

13:26

MARKET: Cristina De Middel Changes the World

Sponsor
2:41

MARKET: Daniel Brush Discusses His New AL13 Series

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MARKET: Carolee Schneemann (RIP) 2012 Documentary

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MARKET: Shantell Martin Encourages Mistakes