Over on Frieze‘s blog, journalist and critic Geeta Dayal has published a number of beautiful remembrances of the late, great Robert Ashley, the venturesome, pioneering composer who passed away last week at the age of 83. They come from people like Alvin Lucier, Rhys Chatham and Alex Waterman, who will direct three Ashley operas next month for the Whitney Biennial. Read More
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, 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
Artist and teacher Terry Adkins, whose work in a variety of media earned him widespread and growing acclaim, died on Friday in New York at the age of 60. His New York dealer, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, who runs Salon 94, said the cause was heart failure. Read More
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
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
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, 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