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September Obituaries in the Arts

posted by Christopher Howard


CAA recognizes the lives and achievements of the following artists, scholars, photographers, museum directors, and other important figures in the visual arts. Of particular interest is a thoughtful text on the art historian and entrepreneur Ronald V. Wiedenhoeft, written especially for CAA by his wife, Renate Wiedenhoeft.

  • Günter Behnisch, a German architect best known for creating the 1972 Olympic park in Munich, and whose last project was the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, died on July 12, 2010. He was 88
  • Robert F. Boyle, a film production designer who worked with Alfred Hitchcock on North by Northwest and The Birds, died on August 1, 2010. He was 100
  • Corinne Day, a British fashion photographer who is credited with discovering Kate Moss, and whose work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate Modern, died on August 27, 2010. She was 48
  • Corneille, a Dutch expressionist painter who helped establish Cobra as a major postwar European art movement, died on September 5, 2010. He was 88
  • Charles Fahlen, a California-born sculptor who taught at the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia from 1967 to 2000, died on July 28, 2010. He was 70
  • F. W. Bill Kent, a professor emeritus at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, who specialized in Renaissance Florence and was an authority on Lorenzo de’ Medici, died on August 30, 2010
  • Satoshi Kon, an anime filmmaker and comic-book artist whose work transcended popular culture, died on August 24, 2010. He was 46
  • Herman Leonard, a photographer who documented jazz singers and musicians—from Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday to Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis—in New York and Paris clubs in the 1940s and 1950s, died on August 14, 2010. He was 87
  • Doug MacWithey, an artist based in Dallas, Texas, who worked in drawing, collage, and sculpture, died on August 26, 2010, at the age of 58
  • Christoph Schlingensief, a film and stage director, actor, and artist who was chosen to represent Germany in the next Venice Biennale, died on August 21, 2010, at the age of 49
  • Shirley Thomson, former director of the National Gallery of Canada and of the Canada Council for the Arts, died on August 10, 2010, at the age of 80
  • Ronald V. Wiedenhoeft, an art historian whose documentary photographs formed the basis of Saskia, a provider of images for the teaching of art history, died on August 14, 2010, at age 73. Read a special obituary on him by Renate Wiedenhoeft

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




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