Dearly Departed: Acknowledging Art Figures Who Died In 2017





Dearly Departed: 2017 has been a momentous year with a first-rate Documenta and Venice Biennale. The year introduced us to a number of new emerging artists as well as the sad reality of losing some of the great talents of our generation both young and old.  Here are some of the Artists and Art World Figures we have lost in the past year.

January

John_Berger_Artist,_Critic_dies

John Berger

John Berger, art critic and Booker-Prize winning author died aged 90. Best known for his essay on art criticism ‘Ways of Seeing’.

Antony Armstrong-Jones,dies,obituary

Lord Snowdon

Lord Snowdon (born Antony Armstrong-Jones), photographer and former husband of Princess Margaret

February

Jannis Kounellis Dies Age 80

Jannis Kounellis

Jannis Kounellis, Artist best known for his association with the Arte Povera movement

March

Gustav Metzger Dies

Gustav Metzger

Gustav Metzger – creator of auto-destructive art

Sir Howard Hodgkin RA, artist known for his colourful abstracts. Had major exhibitions this year at National Portrait Gallery and The Hepworth, Wakefield.

Trisha Brown, artist and New York choreographer associated with the downtown New York visual arts scene in the 1960s and 1970s.

April

Pop Artist James Rosenquist

Pop Artist James Rosenquist

James Rosenquist,  first wave pioneer of US Pop Art

Glenn O’Brien, NY art journalist

BARKLEY L. HENDRICKS

BARKLEY L. HENDRICKS,

Barkley Hendricks, African American black power painter and photographer

Vito Acconci Performance Artist Dies

Vito Acconci

Vito Acconci, New York-born, Brooklyn-based conceptual and performance artist

May

A R Penck Dies Age 77

A R Penck Dies Age 77

AR Penck, German painter known for his pictographic neo-primitivist style

June

Khadija Saye (July 30th 1992 – June 14th 2017)

Khadija Saye

Khadija Saye, young photographer who tragically died in Grenfell fire 

July

Danie LaRue Johnson, artist known for his assemblage, Hard Edge abstraction and minimalist sculpture included in Tate Modern’s Soul of A Nation exhibition

August

Martin Roth V&A Director Dies

Martin Roth

Dr Martin Roth, former Director V&A

September

Pierre Berge with Yves Saint Laurent in1985

Pierre Berge with Yves Saint Laurent in 1985

Pierre Berge, leading figure of France’s cultural elite

David Shepherd, wildlife painter

Bernard Dunstan RA, painter

Edward Allington (1951–2017) Sculptor/Educator

October

Ralph Turner, curator, writer and exhibition organiser, former Director of exhibitions at Craft Council

David Marks, architect who designed London Eye and the British Airways i360 tower on Brighton seafront

November

Trevor Bell, modern St Ives artist noted for his large-scale and irregular canvases

December

Tim Hunt, curator of the Andy Warhol Foundation

Jon Naar, photographer

Enrico Castellani, Italian painter associated with the zero movement and Azimuth.

Tim Rollins

Tim Rollins (Centre)

Tim Rollins, artist and co-founder Manhattan group Art Material



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