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Recent Deaths in the Arts

posted by Christopher Howard — Apr 09, 2009

CAA recognizes the lives and achievements of the following artists, scholars, and architects. Of special note is Petra ten-Doesschate Chu and June Hargrove’s obituary for CAA on the Swiss art historian Hans A. Lüthy.

  • Robert Delford Brown, an artist who helped create Happenings in the early 1960s, was found dead in Wilmington, North Carolina, on March 24, 2009. He was 78
  • Hanne Darboven, a German artist who was a major figure in Conceptual art, died on March 9, 2009, near Hamburg. She was 67
  • Johnny Donnels, a New Orleans photographer, died on March 19, 2009, at the age of 84
  • Lorenz Eitner, a professor who rebuilt the Stanford University Art Department and directed the school’s museum, died on March 11, 2009. He was 89
  • Sverre Fehn, a Norwegian architect who won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, died on February 23, 2009, at age 84
  • Mary Hambleton, an artist, teacher, and Guggenheim fellow, died on January 9, 2009. She was 56
  • Helen Levitt, an American photographer whose first solo exhibition was at the Museum of Modern Art in 1943, died on March 29, 2009, in New York. She was 95
  • Hans A. Lüthy, a Swiss art historian, died on March 8, 2009
  • Stephen M. Panella, an artist based in Aurora, Illinois, died on November 29, 2008, at the age of 34
  • Susan Peterson, a ceramic artist, writer, and professor, died on March 26, 2009, in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was 83

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

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