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Discover Ray Eames and other unsung heroes on BBC Arts

June 26, 2018


Go to BBC Arts and find a mention of Ray Eames’ work, and read her partner’s opinion about her that most interviews did not bother to note. About Ray and Charles it says “As designers they were inseparable, but for a long time Charles got all the credit. ‘Anything I can do, Ray can do better,’ he said, but the media ignored his pleas.”

The headline does a little injustice to the male counterparts, but since it tries to right a much bigger wrong done (-sic) to the artists by countless biased individuals, I will link it verbatim:

Five female artists whose male partners hogged the limelight

@ (When their mates got the limelight)

Too many muses and apprentices who get written about as passing matters in great artists’ lives and not enough of those who grew into their own women (like Gilot who left Picasso because of his abusive behaviour and affairs, and married Dr. Jonas Salk, in who’s name we now have the Salk Institute)

Frieda now enjoys much better love than many others who were in her situation. Yes, Kandinsky would not have been the same without Gabriele Münter, and the names of Lee Miller and Dorothea Tanning are known only to avid museum visitors.

This is the same in many co-driving architectural practices – even for those not as counter-balanced as Sanaa. The shift is in that many of today’s generation are giving conceptual directions and reversing the earlier sequence of being detailers and managers, roles beautifully elevated-played by Rajes and Ghoshs. Yet, not enough narratives are identifying a person for ideas, shying away from asking who did what when interviewing a team of two. This is worth noting and investigating about than shallow attempts to give awards to women for being architects.


While you are at BBC Arts, also discover this delightful piece of information:

The amazing animation genius you’ve (probably) never heard of

Lotte Reiniger, early Animator who used shadow puppetry techniques long before Disney, and animated children’s fairy tales beautifully. In times when all three vocations – Fairy Tales, Shadow Puppetry,  and lighthearted storytelling – are fading.

Find her @

(Amazing genius of Lotte)

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