Post-script: This piece was initially intended as a review of the exhibition ‘Takis’Tate Modern. Sadly, since the time of writing the artist has passed away, on the morning of the 9th of August. This piece has subsequently been revised as something of a tribute to a singular figure of contemporary art.
The Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, born Caracas, 1923 has died in Paris where he lived and worked since 1960. Cruz-Diez was a major protagonist in the field of Kinetic and Optical art, a movement that encouraged “an awareness of the instability of reality.” His body of work established him as one of the critical twentieth-century thinkers in the realm of colour.
The death of Leon Kossoff, who died on 4 July after a short illness is nearly the end of an era for the great wave of British painting known as the School of London.
Claude Lalanne best-known for her Surrealist inspired sculptures and Neo-Art-Nouveau bronze furniture and jewelry depicting flowers and playful animals has died in Fontainebleau, at the age of 93.
Okwui Enwezor the Nigerian curator, art critic, writer, poet, and educator has died of cancer age 55. He lived in New York City and Munich. In 2016, he was ranked 28 in the Artlyst Power100 most influential people in the art world, just one year after he was appointed the director the Venice Biennale. “He […]
Carolee Schneemann, multidisciplinary artist who transformed the definition of art, especially discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender has died age 79.
Like other photographers who work for news agencies, Yannis Behrakis pictures were known through the news, but his name was not familiar to the public.
29 January 2019
The artist Susan Hiller has died age 78. Hiller will be remembered not only as a thinker and mentor, but as a powerful and unique voice in contemporary art over the last four decades. Her investigations and revelations of the hidden depths of human imagination found their expression in installation, film, painting, writing, sculpture and […]
Jonas Mekas, avant-garde filmmaker, curator and visual art influencer has died at his home in Brooklyn age 96.
The celebrated art historian and nun Sister Wendy Beckett has died at the age of 88, it has been announced. In the 1990s she became one of the most unlikely television stars, the BBC said on their website.
Robert Morris, who died this week was a highly influential American sculptor, conceptual artist and writer. He was regarded as one of the most prominent theorists of Minimalism along with Donald Judd, but also made significant contributions to the development of performance art, minimalism, land art, the Process Art movement and installation art. Morris born […]
The West Coast Pop Artist Mel Ramos (born July 24, 1935) has died in California, age 83. He was best known as an American figurative painter, specialising in the satirisation of pin-up art. His female nudes, incorporated elements of realism and abstract art. Born in Sacramento, California, to a first generation Portuguese-Azorean immigrant family, he […]
The first Turner Prize winner, the painter Malcolm Morley, has died at age 86.
Yesterday the art world not only lost one of its finest and most loved abstract painters, but I lost a great friend.
Judy Blame the artist, designer and style icon credited with changing the face of London culture in the 1980s and 90s has died age 58. Blame had a retrospective at the ICA covering both his work as an artist and stylist in 2016.
ED MOSES the pioneering West Coast artist has died age 91.
Betty Woodman (b. 1930, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA) has died age 87 on 2 January.
Khadija Saye was amazingly talented, and her determination to study photography at university overcame challenging social conditions and an environment that could easily have held her back. I was lucky enough to have taught Khadija during her undergraduate studies 2010 – 13.
A. R. Penck, the German painter, printmaker, sculptor, and jazz drummer has died age 77.
Barkley Hendricks the well known African American painter and photographer who evoked the spirit of everyday Black people, in his life-size portraits has died age 72.
James Rosenquist, a first wave pioneer of Pop Art has died in New York. He was 83.
21 March 2017
The New York artist and choreographer Trisha Brown who was associated closely with the visual arts scene in downtown New York in the 1960s and 1970s has died age 80.
The English painter Sir Howard Hodgkin has died in London aged 84. Howard was born 6 August in 1932 in Hammersmith, London.
Gustav Metzger, (1926–2017) creator of “auto-destructive art,” has died in London age ninety.
The artist Jannis Kounellis, who was best known for his association with the Arte Povera movement has died in Rome, aged 80. Born in Piraeus, Greece in 1936, favourite the age of 20 he moved to Rome and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, where he continued to live and work. His first solo exhibition in 1960 at La Tartaruga gallery exhibited 12 live horses. The work was recently recreated by New York’s Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in June 2015.
Lord Snowdon the Royal photographer who was married to Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II, from 1960 to 1978 has died age 87.
Greta Zimmer Friedman the woman iconically kissed by a sailor in a defining photograph marking the end of World War Two has died aged 92. At the time the photograph was taken, Ms. Friedman, a 21-year-old dental assistant was grabbed and kissed by George Mendosa in New York’s Times Square on 14 August 1945. The photo became […]
Rainer Crone a highly respected university academic emeritus of Contemporary Art and History of Film at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and a specialist in the art of Andy Warhol has died after a long illness, age 73. His death was confirmed by Martina Fischer at the Haus der Kunst Museum in Munich. Prof. Dr. Crone had previously taught at Yale University, the University of California, […]