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Winter Deaths in the Arts

posted by Christopher Howard — Mar 08, 2011

CAA recognizes the lives and achievements of the following artists, scholars, critics, architects, museum directors, collectors, and other men and women whose work has had a significant impact on the visual arts.

  • Maria Altmann, a woman who pursued the restitution of her family’s Gustav Klimt paintings from the Austrian government, died on February 7, 2011, at the age of 94
  • Françoise Cachin, a French curator and art historian who specialized in Impressionism and Postimpressionism, died on February 4, 2011, at age 74. She helped found the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and also served as its director when it opened in 1986
  • Vlassis Caniaris, an artist based in Athens, Greece, whose work was exhibited across Europe, died in March 2011 at the age of 83. He also served as chair of architecture at the National Technical University in Greece for twenty years
  • Robert J. Clark, a longtime professor of art and archaeology at Princeton University and curator of the influential 1972 exhibition The Arts and Crafts Movement in America, 1876–1916, died on January 4, 2011. He was 73
  • Edmund de Unger, a Hungarian-born businessman who developed property London and owned a major collection of Islamic fine and decorative art, died on January 25, 2011. He was 92
  • B. H. Friedman, a novelist and the author of the biography Jackson Pollock: Energy Made Visible (1972) who started his career in real estate, died on January 4, 2011. He was 84
  • Oleg Grabar, a renowned historian of Islamic art and architecture and professor emeritus in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies, died on January 8, 2011, at age 81. Grabar won CAA’s Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art in 2005, among other others
  • Ida Kay Greathouse, director of the Frye Art Museum in Seattle from 1966 to 1993, died on January 6, 2011. She was 105 years old
  • Roy Gussow, an abstract sculptor based in New York whose large public works in stainless steel can be seen across the United States, died on February 11, 2011. He was 92
  • John Keefe, a curator of decorative arts at the New Orleans Museum of Art in Louisiana since 1983, died on January 31, 2011, at the age of 69. He had organized exhibitions on antique glass, Wedgwood china, Fabergé eggs, and perfume bottles
  • Donald Locke, a Guyanese-born British artist who had settled in Atlanta, Georgia, died on December 6, 2010, at the age of 80. He was known for his work in diverse media, including drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture
  • Loretta Lorance, an architectural historian at the School of Visual Arts who wrote Becoming Bucky Fuller (2009), died on February 26, 2011. She had worked briefly for CAA in 2001 as a book cataloguer while completing her doctorate at the Graduate Center
  • Tom Lubbock, a British artist and the chief art critic for the Independent and Independent on Sunday, died on January 9, 2011, at the age of 53
  • Alfred K. Moir, a specialist in Italian Baroque art and professor of art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, died on November 13, 2010. Born in 1924, Moir was instrumental in the growth of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Malangatana Ngwenya, a celebrated African artist and political activist from Mozambique who served in his country’s parliament from 1990 to 1994, died on January 5, 2011. He was 74
  • Dennis Oppenheim, an artist whose pioneering work in land, video, body, performance, and installation art in the 1960s and 1970s pushed aesthetic boundaries, died on January 22, 2011, at age 72. In his last fifteen years he had actively pursued outdoor sculpture and public commissions
  • Charles O. Perry, an American sculptor trained as an architect whose public works were inspired by mathematics, died on February 8, 2011, at the age of 81. He won the Prix de Rome in 1964 and stayed in Italy for fourteen years to pursue art and architecture
  • Milton Rogovin, a socially motivated photographer who documented the lower classes in his adopted hometown of Buffalo, New York, and across the United States, died on January 18, 2011. He was 101
  • Paul Soldner, a ceramicist who emerged in California in the 1960s with Peter Voulkos, Ken Price, and John Mason, died on January 3, 2011, at the age of 89. A teacher at Scripps College for many years, he invented a pottery technique called American raku
  • David Sorensen, a painter and sculptor based in Montreal who taught at Bishop’s University for nearly twenty years, died on February 17, 2011. He was 73
  • Brian Stewart, an unorthodox English curator and the director of the Falmouth Art Gallery in Cornwall, died on December 12, 2010, at age 57. He authored The Dictionary of Portrait Painters in Britain up to 1920 (1997) with Mervyn Cutten and wrote twenty more books on his own
  • Ellen Stewart, the founder and artistic director of La MaMA Experimental Theater Club, a landmark venue for progressive theater and performance art in New York, died on January 13, 2011. She was about 91 years old
  • Edgar Tafel, an architect who had trained with Frank Lloyd Wright, died on January 18, 2011, at the age of 98. The last surviving member of the Taliesin Fellowship, which first met in 1932, Tafel worked on his own projects across the state of New York and beyond
  • Alan Uglow, an British-born, New York–based artist and musician whose work in abstract painting, installation, and photography inspired younger New York artists, died on January 20, 2011. He was 69 years old
  • Don Van Vliet, a painter, rock musician, and avant-garde composer best known as Captain Beefheart, died on December 17, 2010, at age 69. He had retired from music in the early 1980s to concentrate on his abstract painting
  • Doyald Young, a graphic designer, a logotype developer, and a professor at Art Center College of Design for thirty years, died on February 28, 2011, at age 84. His books include Logotypes and Letterforms (1993), Fonts and Logos (1999), and Dangerous Curves (2008)

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

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