John McCracken in front of “Aurora” at an exhibition in 2008 Photo by Grant Delin Courtesy of The New York Times
Portuguese Minimalist painter and sculptor Angelo de Sousa died in Porto on March 29, 2011.
Alan Uglow, 2002 Photo courtesy of Tom Warren Blog We just learned the sad news about painter Alan Uglow’s passing. We will post more information as soon as we have it.
Leroy Lamis, 84, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, in Austin, Texas. Mr. Lamis was a sculptor and long-time professor of art at Indiana State University. His Plexiglas sculptures, known for their geometric elegance, were exhibited throughout the United States and Europe and are in the collections of leading museums and private collectors. Mr. Lamis was born in Eddyville, Iowa, and moved to Los Angeles during the depression. As a teenager, he worked at MGM studios [...]
August 7 - September 4, 2010
MINUS SPACE is honored to announce the memorial exhibition Julian Dashper (1960-2009): It Is Life. The exhibition marks the one-year anniversary of the New Zealand artist's death and it will feature a single work by Julian entitled Future Call, as well as written tributes to him by more than 70 artists internationally.
Rubem Ludolf, Untitled, 2004 Oil on canvas 80 x 100 cm Considered one of the top names in Brazilian neoconcretism, painter, architect and landscaper Rubem Ludolf died aged 78 on Monday, July 26, in Rio de Janeiro. Victim of an aneurysm in the aorta, the artist was admitted for ten days in the Samaritan Hospital. Self-taught in the early career in the mid-1950s, Ludolf was a student of Ivan Serpa Free Course in Painting from [...]
Doug Ohlson (from Artnet Magazine, July 1, 2010) Doug Ohlson, 73, New York painter of sensuous color abstractions, died on June 29 at Bellevue Hospital from injuries suffered from a fall. Born in Cherokee, Iowa, Ohlson served in the Marines before coming to New York in 1961 to pursue a career as an artist. One of the last of a long line of “formalist” painters who sought to give color a pure, non-illusionist pictorial vitality, [...]
Ludwig Wilding, renowned German artist and founder of the Stiftung fur konkrete Kunst und Design in Ingolstadt, Germany, died on January 4, 2010. He was 82 years old. Wilding was one of the most important representatives of European Op Art.
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Peter Forakis, Atlanta Gateway, 1967 From The New York Times, December 17, 2009 Peter Forakis, a sculptor who helped found Park Place, a prominent New York artists’ cooperative gallery of the 1960s, died on Nov. 26 in Petaluma, Calif. He was 82 and lived in Petaluma. His death was announced by the Togonon Gallery in San Francisco, which has represented him since 2007. Mr. Forakis was one of many young artists in the late ’50s [...]
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Dear friends, It is with tremendous sadness that we post the passing of our dear friend and collaborator, New Zealand artist Julian Dashper (1960-2009). Julian was one of the kindest, most generous, and optimistic individuals we’ve ever met. MINUS SPACE brought him into our lives and we are proud to have had the opportunity to get to know and work with him, ever so briefly. Julian is survived by his partner Marie and son [...]
A recent card from Smack Mellon Gallery Card as Relic?, by Roberta Smith, The New York Times, June 23, 2009 “Of all the things going the way of the Internet these days, one is the gallery exhibition announcement card. For decades this useful bit of art-world indicator has been an indispensable constant creatively deployed by artists, avidly cherished by the ephemera-obsessed and devotedly archived by museums. But lately the death knell has been sounding, each [...]
The Danish artist Ib Geertsen died on Wednesday, June 3, 2009. Geertsen is survived by his wife Birthe, and their grandson and granddaughter. The funeral will take place on June 12 at Timotheus Kirken, Valby, Copenhagen where there is a stained-glass window designed by Geertsen. “Ib Geertsen is the grand old man of Danish abstraction, but was little known in the UK until he was championed by London’s Rocket Gallery in a recent group [...]
Frederick Hammersley, abstract painter, born in 1919, died peacefully on Sunday, May 31, 2009 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the age of 90. Hammersley is known as one of the Los Angeles-based “Abstract Classicists” whose work gained international attention through the exhibition Four Abstract Classicists at the Los Angeles County Museum in 1959. The term “hard edge” was coined at the time to describe the geometric, abstract paintings by Hammersley, Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson and John McLaughlin. Hammersley attended [...]
Listeners at Max Neuhaus’ Water Whistle III St. Paul YMCA, 1972 Sponsor: Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis “Max Neuhaus, a percussionist known for creating site-specific works of “sound sculpture,” allowing unsuspecting passers-by to come upon musical sounds in unlikely places, died Tuesday in Maratea, a coastal town in southern Italy, where he lived. He was 69…” Max Neuhaus’ web site
Born in Los Angeles in 1932, New Yorker art dealer John Weber had a prominent role in the contemporary art world and was one of the first dealers in Soho in the 70s, leaving his mark on New York’s art scene of that period. Owner of the popular John Weber Gallery, which opened in West Broadway in Soho in 1971, he then moved to Chelsea in the ’90s where he began his rise in [...]
Elizabeth Murray, Flamingo, 1974
Jeremy Blake, Station to Station: Carbon Sink Park, 2001 Still from DVD with sound for projection or plasma screen 16 minute continuous loop Jeremy Blake, an up-and-coming artist who sought to bridge the worlds of painting and film in lush, color-saturated, hallucinatory digital video works, has died.
Click image for New York Times obituary Bernd Becher, 75, influential Minimalist photographer who with his wife, Hilla Becher, was celebrated for black-and-white photographs of industrial structures, died on June 22 in Rostock, Germany, following heart surgery. Bernd and Hilla Becher met while studying at Dusseldorf Academy and were married in 1961. They had their first gallery exhibition in 1963; retrospectives of their work were held at the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (1981), [...]
Critic Jerry Saltz remembers artist Sol Lewitt. ”He was an artistic giant whose contributions were so far-reaching that he straddled the categories of Minimalism, Conceptualism and Postminimalism. In the late 1960s, LeWitt created an enormous opening for other artists...”
Sol LeWitt, Cubic-Modular Wall Structure, Black, 1966 Painted wood, 43 1/2 x 43 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches Collection of Museum of Modern Art, NY Sol Lewitt, Paragraphs on Conceptual Art (1967) “I will refer to the kind of art in which I am involved as conceptual art. In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. (In other forms of art, the concept may be changed in [...]
(photo credit: Barbara Parmet) Carol Becker remembers maverick curator Marcia Tucker, former Whitney Museum curator (1969-1977) and founder of the New Museum of Contemporary Art (1977-1999) in New York.
(photo credit: Michael Paoletta) Artist John Zinsser recalls his long-term friendship with artist Rudolf De Crignis.
Hans Wegner was one of the most innovative and prolific of all Danish furniture designers. His work is representative of the excellent craftsmanship and commitment to modern living that made mid-century Danish design internationally popular. His work belongs to the minimalist school, but preserves function. He is perhaps best known for his many beautifully and cleverly designed chairs using the finest of craftmanship.
Dan Christensen, Pavo, 1968, acrylic on canvas New York painter Dan Christensen died at his home in Easthampton on January 20. Christensen moved to New York in 1965 and became a member of the group of post-Minimalist artists associated with Lyrical Abstraction and Color Field painting. Christensen had over 60 solo exhibitions, beginning in the ‘60s and ‘70s at Andre Emmerich in New York, Nicholas Wilder in Los Angeles, and Rolf Ricke in Cologne.
Larry Zox, Green Diamond Drill: Keokuk, 1968 Acrylic on canvas, 80 x 64 inches
(photo credit: Rudolf de Crignis Estate & Peter Blum Gallery, New York)
Agnes Martin, by Steve Karlik I went for a walk yesterday; a thin veil of snow cloaked the sidewalk. At once, grids became apparent. The accumulation of packed snow in the concrete’s seams made opaque grids, grids that were again defined by planes of less dense, more transparent layers of snow that covered the higher surfaces. The combination of these lines and planes brought me back to painting and why painting has significance for [...]