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
Art dealer Daniel Reich died in December, according to Artforum, which confirmed the death with his family. The magazine reports that Mr. Reich took his life on Christmas Day in Westchester, N.Y.
Mr. Reich, whose full name was Alfred Daniel Reich, worked at Pat Hearn Gallery before starting a gallery in his 200-square-foot apartment Read More
Richard Artschwager, who crafted a protean and enigmatic body of work over the course of more than half a century, has died. He was 89. David Nolan Gallery and Gagosian Gallery, which both presented his work in New York, confirmed his death. Read More
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
Over at Artforum, artist Rodney Graham has a very moving remembrance of the late Chicago dealer Donald Young, who died last April at the age of 69. It seems both men shared a love for fashion. From the piece:
“I smile when I think about another recommendation of Donald’s that afternoon: a tailor Read More
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
Lisa de Kooning, the daughter of the late artist Willem de Kooning, died Friday at the age of 56. The news appeared first in the East Hampton Patch Sunday night and was confirmed by the Johanna Liesbeth de Kooning Trust. She died at her home on St. John in the Virgin Islands. The cause of death is unknown as of this writing. Read More
Atlanta’s High Museum of Art announced today that its former director, Gudmund Vigtel, who led the museum from 1963 to 1991, has died. He was 87. Since leaving the museum, he had served as director emeritus. Read More
Russell Means, an American Indian of the Oglala Sioux who made a name for himself combating injustices against Native Americans, died today at the age of 72. As it happens, Andy Warhol’s portraits of the late activist are currently on view as the first show at Skarstedt’s new gallery in London. Read More
Certain things are expected of a successful contemporary artist today—a gallery (preferably a few in various cities around the world), a steady stream of new work for international shows and art fairs, and a healthy auction history. Los Angeles artist Michael Asher, who died on Sunday at the age of 69 after a long illness, had none of those things, which is how he wanted it.
Mr. Asher was one of the pioneers, and arguably the most trenchant practitioner, of a style of art that emerged in the 1970s and came to be known as institutional critique. It seeks to poke, prod, tweak and expose how the art world works. Though the genre itself quickly grew mannered, he always managed to find fresh approaches. Read More