Hudson, Dealer and Mentor, Has Died at 63

A portrait of Hudson by Judy Linn, who shows at Feature Inc. (Courtesy the artist/Feature Inc.)

The art dealer known simply as Hudson, who founded the Lower East Side gallery Feature Inc., died on Sunday. He was 63. Though he had lived with HIV for many years, his close friend Jimi Dams, who runs Envoy Enterprises on Rivington Street, said that he died unexpectedly of natural causes. An artist himself, Hudson was widely known for forging his own set of rules and for running his gallery with a particular sensitivity to the needs of his artists.

“For him it was important to have a relationship with the artist, that the artist felt they had a home, that they didn’t feel that they needed to make what the gallery said they need to make, that they could show what they wanted to show,” said Mr. Dams. “The gallery was not market driven.” Read More


Nancy Holt, Visionary Land Artist, Dies at 75


Nancy Holt, a pioneering artist who could create monumental Land Art masterpieces and 6-minute videos with equal aplomb, died on Feb. 8 in New York at the age of 75. 

“She was the nicest, kindest, warmest person imaginable,” said critic and curator Phyllis Tuchman, who had known Ms. Holt and her late husband, the artist Robert Smithson, for decades. Read More


Rene Ricard Has Died

Sante D'Orazio Other Graces Opening Reception

Rene Ricard, the Massachussets-born artist and poet who was a fixture of New York’s art world since he arrived in 1965, has died. He passed away early this morning in Bellevue Hospital, said the artist Brice Marden, who had known Ricard since the 1960s. He died of cancer. Read More


Retrospective: At the Guggenheim’s Memorial for Director Thomas M. Messer

Messer in 1985. (Photo by David M. Heald, courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation)

On Monday evening, a smart but solemn art set, which included Pace Gallery founder Arne Glimcher and his art historian wife, Milly, as well as longtime Art News magazine publisher Milton Esterow, gathered at the Guggenheim to honor the memory of perhaps the museum’s most esteemed director, Thomas M. Messer, who passed away in May. He served at the museum from 1961, two years after it moved to its Frankl Lloyd Wright-designed home, until 1988, and oversaw numerous landmark shows, including an important 1979 show of German artist Joseph Beuys’s work. Read More


Sarah Charlesworth, Incisive Conceptual Photographer, Dies at 66

Charlesworth in New York in 1990. (Photo by Anthony Barboza, courtesy Susan Inglett Gallery)

Artist Sarah Charlesworth, whose trenchant work investigated pop culture by borrowing from and tweaking its imagery, died of a brain aneurysm yesterday, according to her New York gallery, Susan Inglett. She was 66.

Ms. Charlesworth is perhaps best known for her “Modern History” series, which she made from 1977 to 1979 by producing photographs of the front pages of various newspapers, typically excising all the content except the nameplate and photographs. In some pieces she followed one newspaper for a number of days, showing how its contents changed over time. In others, she sampled numerous papers on the same day, looking at how different outlets selected and presented images for the day’s news. For one of her most iconic pieces from that series, April 21, 1978 (1978), she printed 45 newspaper covers that featured versions of a photograph of Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro after being kidnapped by the Red Bridge. Read More


Seth Siegelaub, Pioneering Dealer and Curator of Conceptual Art, Dies at 71

Siegelaub outside 44 East 52nd Street, a temporary space where he housed the exhibition 'January 5–31, 1969.' (Photo by Robert Barry/MoMA)

Seth Siegelaub, the venturesome dealer and curator of conceptual art in New York in the 1960s and 1970s who helped lead efforts for artists’ rights and devoted his life to studying textiles, died on Saturday in Basel, Switzerland, according to a friend, confirming a report by Metropolis M. He was 71.

After closing a gallery he ran on 56th Street in Manhattan from 1964 to 1966, where he showed contemporary art and Oriental rugs, Mr. Siegelaub, still in his 20s, presented the work of artists who would become some of the core members of what would be termed conceptual art, like Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth and Lawrence Weiner. He showed them in experimental curatorial formats that often eschewed gallery shows in favor of publications. In a busy period between 1968 and 1971, he organized 21 projects, according to MoMA, which holds a collection of his papers that it presented in an exhibition earlier this year. When Mr. Siegelaub donated his art-related archive to MoMA in 2011, the museum also acquired a number of works from his art collection, which included a number of important early conceptual works. Read More