In Memoriam: Leroy Lamis


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 […]

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Julian Dashper (1960-2009): It Is Life

Texts by various artists, Julian Dashper: It Is Life, MINUS SPACE, August-September 2010

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.

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In Memoriam: Rubem Ludolf (1932-2010)

Rubem Ludolf

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 […]

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In Memoriam: Doug Ohlson (1936-2010)


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, […]

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Peter Forakis (1927-2009): In Memoriam


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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In Memoriam: Julian Dashper (1960-2009)


  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 […]

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RIP: Exhibition Postcards


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 […]

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Ib Geertsen (1919-2009): In Memoriam


  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 […]

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Frederick Hammersley (1919-2009): In Memoriam


    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 […]

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Max Neuhaus, Who Made Aural Artwork, Dies at 69, by Bruce Weber, The New York Times, February 9, 2009


  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

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John Weber: In Memoriam (1932-2008)

  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 […]

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Bernd Becher: In Memoriam, August 20, 1931— June 22, 2007

  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), […]

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Sol Lewitt: In Memoriam, September 9, 1928 — April 8, 2007

  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 […]

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Hans Wegner: In Memoriam, April 2, 1914 — January 26, 2007

    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.

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Dan Christensen: In Memoriam, October 6, 1943 — January 20, 2007

  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.

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The Legacy of Agnes Martin: A Collection of Thoughts by Artists

  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 […]

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