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May Obituaries in the Arts

posted by Christopher Howard — May 19, 2010

CAA recognizes the lives and achievements of the following artists, scholars, curators, teachers, architects, collectors, administrators, and other important figures in the visual arts.

  • Callie Angel, a specialist on the films of Andy Warhol who worked with the Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Modern Art, died on May 5, 2010. She was 62
  • Avigdor Arikha, a Paris-based painter of both abstract and figurative art, a graphic designer, and a Holocaust survivor, died on April 29, 2010, at the age of 81
  • Jose Bernal, a Cuban artist and teacher who fled Castro’s regime for Chicago, died on April 19, 2010, at the age of 85
  • David Bolduc, a Canadian artist and illustrator celebrated for his colorful abstractions, died on April 8, 2010. He was 65
  • James “Jack” Boynton, a Texan artist and teacher who helped found the art department at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, died on April 5, 2010. He was 82
  • Oliver Cox, an English architect of housing and schools, died on April 24, 2010, at the age of 90
  • Bruce Craig, director of research and planning at the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies, died on March 9, 2010. He was 53
  • Frank Frazetta, a painter and illustrator of fantasy scenes whose work adorned the covers of books and albums as well as movie posters, died on May 10, 2010. He was 82
  • Jonathan Gams, publisher of the poetry and art magazine Lingo and a cofounder of Hard Press Editions, died on November 9, 2009, at the age of 57
  • Michael Godfrey, a curator at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in North Carolina, died on April 6, 2010. He was 56
  • Bobby Gore, an art historian and adviser on pictures to the UK’s National Trust, died on April 23, 2010, at the age of 89
  • Craig Kauffman, a sculptor associated with the Los Angeles scene in the 1950s and 1960s, died on May 9, 2010, at the age of 78
  • Neil E. Matthew, an artist and a professor emeritus at the Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, died on January 5, 2010. He was 84
  • Malcolm McLaren, an artist, fashion designer, cultural provocateur, and manager of the punk band the Sex Pistols, died on April 8, 2010. He was 64
  • Robert Natkin, an abstract artist who lived and worked in Chicago, New York, and Redding, Connecticut, died on April 20, 2010. He was 79
  • Norman Neasom, a painter and longtime teacher at the Redditch School of Art in Worcestershire, England, died on February 22, 2010, at the age of 94
  • Max Palevsky, a philanthropist who made his fortune in computers in the 1960s and a collector of art and furniture, died on May 5, 2010, at the age of 85
  • Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, an Italian businessman and a major collector of postwar American art who donated works to the emerging Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, died on April 23, 2010. He was 87
  • Victor Pesce, a former plumber and a painter of still lifes who lived and worked in New York, died on March 28, 2010, at age 71
  • Deborah Remington, an abstract painter who showed at Bykert Gallery in the 1960s and 1970s, died on April 21, 2010, at the age of 79
  • Werner Schroeter, a German film director who was a contemporary of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders, and Werner Herzog, died on April 12, 2010, at the age of 65
  • Dustin Shuler, a sculptor based in California whose best-known work, Spindle, impales eight cars on a large stake, died on May 4, 2010, at the age of 61
  • Yvonne Skargon, an English artist and teacher who specialized in wood engravings, died on March 16, 2010. She was 78
  • Jan van der Marck, a Dutch curator who worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Detroit Institute of Arts, died on April 28, 2010, at the age of 80
  • John Carl Warnecke, the official architect of the Kennedy administration who designed that president’s grave site, died on April 17, 2010, at the age of 91
  • Purvis Young, a self-taught artist who lived and worked in south Florida, died on April 20, 2010. He was 67

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

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