, the French filmmaker who helped introduce literary modernism to the movies and became an international art-house star with nonlinear narrative films like “Hiroshima Mon Amour” and “Last Year at Marienbad,” died on [March 1] in Paris. He was 91. NYTimes Obit [more inside]
Swiss media report
that HR Giger
, famous for his dark and iconic Alien
design, has died. He leaves behind a large body of work, much of it displayed in his own museum
Nigerian photographer J.D Okhai Ojeikere passed away last weekend, but at the age of 83 he left behind a truly incredible body of work celebrating Nigerian culture. These photos from his Hairstyles series are part of an archive of nearly 1000 pictures showing the intricate hair-dos of African women taken at work, social engagements and in the streets of Lagos. The beautifully composed black and white images draw attention to the sculptural quality of the hair, almost elevating it to an art form in itself. It goes without saying that his work is a unique treasure of historical and anthropological importance. Via
Last month, we lost one of the great philosophers of the 20th century.
Arthur C. Danto was perhaps the most eminent voice in contemporary aesthetics. Always on the cutting edge, Danto shined a light on aesthetics in the post-art world. [more inside]
With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear. Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.
December 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of Invisible Cities
-- the sublime metaphysical travelogue by author-journalist Italo Calvino
. In a series of pensive dialogues with jaded emperor Kublai Khan
, the explorer Marco Polo
describes a meandering litany of visionary and impossible places, dozens of surreal, fantastical cities
, each poetically reifying ideas vital to language, philosophy, and the human spirit. This gracefully written love letter to urban life has inspired countless tributes
, but it's just the most accessible of Calvino's fascinating literary catalogue. Look inside for a closer look at his most remarkable works, links to English translations of his magical prose, and collections of artistic interpretations from around the web -- including this treasure trove of essays, excerpts, articles, and recommended reading
. [more inside]
Spain Rodriguez Fought the Good Fight
- underground comics artist Spain Rodriguez
, most famous for his violent antihero Trashman
, passed away yesterday.
art critic Robert Hughes, author of The Shock of the New
and The Fatal Shore
, has died
, concept artist behind the hugely popular video games Fallout 3
and The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
, passed away
this week after a long struggle with cancer.
Richard Hamilton, early pop artist, has died age 89
. [more inside]
British figurative painter Lucian Freud
, whose uncompromising, fleshy portraits made him one of the world's most revered and coveted artists, has died aged 88
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Writer, traveler, and kidnapper of Nazi generals, Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor
-- Paddy to friends and fans -- is dead at 96
A silver lining: his biographer Artemis Cooper reports that the long-awaited final installment of his trilogy recounting a year-long walk across Europe as a young man in the 1930s, "has existed for some time, and will be published in due course."
author, resistance fighter, Holocaust survivor, has died
, comic book artist
, science fiction and fantasy
artist, and former member of The Studio
, died today
of emphysema and bronchitis. [more inside]
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for the recently departed John McCracken
(1934 – 2011), a West Coast artist who brought a New Age openness
to Minimalist sculpture
, along with a vocabulary of bright
, sleek slabs
that balanced teasingly between painting and sculpture
. [more inside]
When "Proto-Pop" artist Larry Rivers
' died in 2002
, he left behind extensive archives of his letters, paperwork, photographs and film documenting the New York artistic and literary scene from the 1940s through the 1980s. They chronicle his friendships and relationships with dozens of artists, musicians and writers, from Willem de Kooning and Andy Warhol to Frank O’Hara. Also included: films and videos of his two adolescent daughters, naked or topless, being interviewed by their father about their developing breasts. Now, one daughter, who says she was pressured to participate beginning when she was 11, is demanding that material be removed from the archive and returned to her and her sister. [more inside]
, an artist of infinite
, often ravishing pictorial jest
, whose sarcastic
and vibrant layering of found images and maverick, chaos-provoking
painting processes left an indelible mark on the last four decades of contemporary painting, died yesterday
in Cologne, Germany.
"The quest to undercut fashion’s standards of perfection, and to find beauty in the disdained, overlooked or overripe, runs throughout Mr. Penn’s career. In an otherwise pristine still life of food, he included a house fly, and in a 1959 close-up, he placed a beetle in a model’s ear."
So long, Irving Penn
Renowned blacksmith, Phillip Simmons
, of Charleston, SC has died at age 98. [more inside]
Photographer Pirkle Jones
, best known for his images of California's migrant workers and changing landscape
(including a collaboration with Dorothea Lange
) and his iconic Black Panther
pictures, has died at 95
Legendary artist Alton Kelley created a graphic style that rocked the world beginning in the psychedelic sixties. His concert posters
, logo designs, LP album covers, and fine art have forevermore defined that time. Kelley passed away
peacefully at home on Sunday, June 1, 2008 of complications from a long illness.
a New York painter
who reshaped Modernist abstraction into a high-spirited, cartoon-based, language of form whose subjects included domestic life, relationships and the nature of painting itself, died yesterday at her home in upstate New York. (Images)
, the Matisse of the ceramics world, has passed away
at age 70. Born in 1926 to a Finnish family in ethnically diverse and bustling Butte, Montana
, Rudy went on to study ceramics with Frances Senska
at MSU. There he met future ceramics titan, Peter Voulkos
, and became founding residents of the Archie Bray Foundation
. Because of their revolutionary work, the 2 of them helped bring recognition to a field that had previously only been considered craft. Autio's giant torso-shaped vessels are often decorated with post-impressionistic horses
and dancing women
, but he also ventured into printmaking
design and murals
. According to Ken Little, "If the ceramics world had a Mount Rushmore, it would be Peter Voulkos
, Paul Soldner
and Don Reitz
Famed Arabic calligrapher Khalil al-Zahawi murdered.
(Arabic: خليل الزهاوي; 1946 - 25 May 2007) Khalil al-Zahawi
was the most famous practitioner in Iraq of the art of writing classical Arabic script
. He was shot to death Friday
as he left his home.
Australian artist Pro Hart
has died. Hart used DNA
in his paintings to foil counterfeiters. Sometimes he painted with a cannon
, other times with a plane
Will Eisner Dies at age 86
The father of the modern Graphic Novel and hugely influential comics figure has died today from heart surgery complications. His concept of Sequential Art
helped move comics out of the idea of being solely "kid's stuff" and was seen as a cannon in the comic art world.
He was working on a book called "The Plot" due out later this year. He will be missed. More info and Eisner Bio at Newsarama
. Welcome to the world of Raymond Savignac
, the greatest poster artist of all time, and inventor of the little Bic man
. Joyous, naughty, simple, elegant, and beautiful.
Another master taken: Richard Avedon, dead at 81.
Arguably the greatest portrait photographer in history, Avedon was famous not only for his fashion
shots, but also his interest in the common man, best emphasized by the book "In the American West"
. He was recently working on a piece, "On Democracy" when he suffered a brain hemorrhage. Many may be familiar with his simple black & white on white style from his shots for the New Yorker
(he was their first staff photographer). His site is currently shrouded in respect.
Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson dies.
was a huge influence in my life and career as a photographer. Proponent of The Decisive Moment (sample)
, The Decisive Moment (description)
He also co-founded the Magnum Photos
agency with Robert Capa and David Seymore. Check out the Retrospective
Wesley Willis: Rock and roll star
, movie star
and friend to all he met passed away last night
from Leukemia at the age of 40. The six foot five, 320 pound Chicago area musician
who cut his teeth on the streets selling city landscape drawings and playing music on his tiny Casio keyboard was infamous for his raw insightful songs and ability to draw his audiences into a schizophrenic's take on
Cartoonist Bill Mauldin Dead at 81.
Mauldin was the creator of the every-GIs Willie and Joe
during WWII and twice won the Pulitzer Prize.
[NYT], the originator of the red ribbon
, died of AIDS last week. His gorgeous paintings
depicted politics from Yosemite to Versace
. As one of the few incredibly contemporary but still publicly accessible
artists, he will be missed.
The man behind Woman in the Dunes has passed away.
Filmmaker Hiroshi Teshigahara died on Saturday with nary a press announcement. I haven't been this pissed off about a media blackout since Sam Fuller passed on (or, to some extent, the recent death of Joey Ramone). Is the only way for an obscure artist to gain that long-neglected recognition for their works to kick the bucket? It would seem that, even then, there are no guarantees.