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


At Home With His Artists: The Too-Short Career of Dealer Daniel Reich

Daniel Reich. (Photo by Jason Frank Rothenberg)

Daniel Reich opened his first art gallery about three months after the fall of the World Trade Center. New York was still recovering. Compared to the market boom that would develop over the next few years, which would eventually be halted by the global recession, it was a sleepy time for the art world which, like the rest of the economy, was still in the gloom of the dot-com bust. Mr. Reich was a former protégé of revered art dealers, first Jack Tilton and then Pat Hearn and her husband Colin de Land. Ms. Hearn died of liver cancer at the end of the summer of 2000, leaving behind a significant gap among adventurous dealers with a knack for finding unknown talent seemingly out of thin air (Mr. de Land would die in 2003). Mr. Reich opened his first gallery inside his tiny apartment in Chelsea. Read More


Simon Cerigo, Art Dealer and Collector, Dies at 60 [UPDATE]

Simon Cerigo at the Carroll Dunham opening, December 2012. (Courtesy Nancy Smith/

Simon Cerigo, a collector, curator, art dealer and fixture at gallery openings and art parties in New York, died on Sunday “after a brief illness complicated by heart issues,” according to a note posted by his wife Nancy Smith on her website, artloversnewyork. He was 60.

Mr. Cerigo was always on the outskirts of the mainstream, but he had an intimate knowledge of the art world. He was an early collector of a number of artists, including Jack Goldstein, Mariko Mori, Dan Asher and Walter Robinson, and worked at some point as a de facto adviser for many far more prominent collectors. He had a reputation for attending most openings in a given week, sometimes as many as 15 or 20 in a night. Read More


Lisa de Kooning, Artist and Patron Who Preserved Father’s Legacy, Dies at 56

De Kooning. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan)

Johanna Liesbeth de Kooning, the philanthropist and sculptor who helped to guide her father Willem de Kooning’s art career in the last years of his life and to preserve his legacy after his death in 1997 at the age of 92, died at her home on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday, according to a statement from the Johanna Liesbeth de Kooning Trust. She was 56. As of press time, the cause of her death had not been determined. Read More