Grace Hartigan is dead

In the Baltimore Sun Mary Carole McCauley reports that Grace Hartigan, 86, passed away Saturday after a long illness. “Grace Hartigan was adamant, even imperious about the arrangements for how she would be memorialized. And she will get her way, as Hartigan, a seminal figure in the U.S. art world and a longtime Baltimore resident, … read more… “Grace Hartigan is dead”

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Patrick W. Welch: An untimely death in Chicago

I recently received a note from Gescheidle Projects that gallery artist and good friend Patrick W. Welch has passed away, leaving behind his wife Carrie Golus, and twin 5-year-old sons, Ben & Alex. Although the circumstances remain unspecified, his death at 43 is unexpected and unspeakably tragic. For many years Welch was a media and … read more… “Patrick W. Welch: An untimely death in Chicago”

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Manny Farber: The profundity of existence in its ordinary details

Union-Tribune art critic Robert L. Pincus on painter Manny Farber, who died early Monday morning: “Manny Farber never tired of looking at small things: a flower, a Post-it note or a section of rebar. He never stopped being fascinated with how ‘to get it as I see it,’ as he said one day in his … read more… “Manny Farber: The profundity of existence in its ordinary details”

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Rauschenberg is dead

Robert Rauschenberg, the irrepressibly prolific American artist who time and again reshaped art in the 20th century, died Monday night of heart failure. He was 82. In The NY Times, Michael Kimmelman writes that Rauschenberg’s primary interest lay in the process, not the product. “The process — an improvisatory, counterintuitive way of doing things — … read more… “Rauschenberg is dead”

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Paul Wonner, 87, dies in San Francisco

Paul Wonner, long associated with Bay Area Figuration, died Wednesday in San Francisco of natural causes on the eve of his 88th birthday. Art critic Kenneth Baker wrote the obit in the San Francisco Chronicle. “Mr. Wonner enjoyed collegial support for his work from originators of the Bay Area Figurative style, including David Park (1911-1960) … read more… “Paul Wonner, 87, dies in San Francisco”

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Fearless Selma Waldman, 77, dies of cancer

Regina Hackett writes in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that Selma Waldman, painter of blunt-force trauma, rape, degradation and murder, was practically unknown in Seattle art circles, even though she lived in the city since the early 1960s. “Her subjects tended to be tough, yet nobody holds such content against Leon Golub, Sue Coe or Michael Spafford…. … read more… “Fearless Selma Waldman, 77, dies of cancer”

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Modernist Joseph Solman dead at 99

“Joseph Solman, a painter who, with Mark Rothko and other modernists, helped shape American art as early as the 1930s and, into a new century, continued to paint in his studio above the Second Avenue Deli in New York, died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan,” Michael Kimmelman writes in the NY Times obituary. … read more… “Modernist Joseph Solman dead at 99”

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Gelsy Verna, 47, passed away unexpectedly, cause of death unknown

On Tuesday afternoon, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Art Department announced that painting professor Gelsy Verna had died unexpectedly. The cause of her death is unknown. Derrick Buisch, an associate professor who worked closely with Verna, said he was not sure when Verna passed away, but colleagues were worried after she did not show up … read more… “Gelsy Verna, 47, passed away unexpectedly, cause of death unknown”

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Painter Michael Goldberg dies in his studio

Michael Goldberg , an 83-year-old Abstract Expressionist and husband of artist Lynn Umlauf, died in his Bowery studio on Sunday, apparently of a heart attack. Grace Glueck writes in the NYTimes that ‘Mr. Goldberg was a painter of strong convictions who in his youth was influenced by the gestural Abstract Expressionist mode of older painters … read more… “Painter Michael Goldberg dies in his studio”

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IMHO: Elizabeth Murray, a neo-feminist icon

On Sunday, at her home in upstate New York, Elizabeth Murray died of complications from lung cancer. She was duly renowned as a passionate, energetic, and ambitious painter whose work is in collections all over the world. Yet Murray is rarely credited with helping to forge a neo-feminist vision of the triumphant, uber-artist who is … read more… “IMHO: Elizabeth Murray, a neo-feminist icon”

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