In 1841, painter John Goffe Rand was struck with a brilliant idea. Rather than spend hours mixing and re-creating paint colors in a studio, he put oil paint in tin tubes with a cap. And the art world went boom.
Real things overheard at a modern art exhibit — imagined responses.
He won the Guggenheim Fellowship and studied under Constantin Brancusi. He designed dance sets for Martha Graham and George Balanchine. He had an affair with Frida Kahlo. He designed gardens for UNESCO and sculptures for Wall Street And, he invented the coffee table.