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Recent Deaths in the Arts

posted by Christopher Howard — Oct 01, 2008

CAA pays respect to the following artists, scholars, critics, and academics who recently passed away:

  • Tina Allen, a sculptor of influential African Americans, died on September 9, 2008, at age 58
  • Michael Baxandall, an art historian best known for transforming the methodologies of the discipline through his books, Giotto and the Orators (1971) and Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy (1972), died on August 12, 2008, at the age of 74
  • Dale Chisman, an abstract painter based in Denver, died on August 28, 2008. He was 65
  • George Deem, a painter who cleverly reworked old-master paintings, died on August 11, 2008, at the age of 75
  • Elizabeth Eames, a scholar of medieval tiles at the British Museum, died on September 20, 2008. She was 90
  • Manny Farber, a painter and film critic whose writing had appeared since the early 1960s in the Nation, the New Republic, Film Comment, Film Culture, and Artforum, died on August 18, 2008. He was 91
  • Marian Griffiths, a longtime director at Sculpture Center in New York, died September 8, 2008, at age 86
  • Simon Hantaï, a reclusive French painter, died on September 11, 2008. He was 85
  • France Alain Jacquet, a French painter associated with nouveau réalisme, died on September 4, 2008, at the age of 69
  • Stephen A. Kliment, a former editor of the Architectural Record, died on September 10, 2008, at the age of 78
  • Paul Overy, a British art critic, died on August 7, 2008, at age 68
  • John Russell, a contributor of art criticism to the Sunday Times of London and chief art critic of the New York Times from 1982 to 1990, died on August 23, 2008. He was 89 years old
  • Petrus Schaesberg, a scholar of modern and contemporary art and an adjunct professor at Columbia University, died on September 23, 2008. He was 40
  • Stuart Cary Welch Jr., curator emeritus of Islamic and later Indian art at the Harvard Art Museum and and former special consultant in charge in the Department of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, died on August 13, 2008. He was 80
  • George Zarnecki, an expert on Romanesque art and a former director of the Courtauld Institute in London, died on September 8, 2008, a few days before his 93rd birthday

Read all past obituaries in the arts on the CAA website.

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