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Obituary

Tributes to Harun Farocki

by Whitney Kimball on August 1, 2014
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“We can never tell where his influence stops.” Artists and curators offer their thoughts about Harun Farocki, a forebearer of the essay film, after he passed away on Wednesday.

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A Lifetime With On Kawara: Dead at 81

by Paddy Johnson on July 11, 2014
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Twenty-two hours ago On Kawara’s Twitter feed published a single message: I AM STILL ALIVE. The account publishes that same message every day, and has done so since 2009. The updates are probably automatic, and not authored by the artist himself. He died yesterday at the age of 81.

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A Memorial for Drag Icon Miss Demeanor

by Linda Simpson on June 23, 2014
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My friend Misty, a.k.a. Miss Demeanor, was an art-world icon. She’s captured in one of photographer Nan Goldin’s most famous photos, “Misty and Jimmy Paulette in a Taxi, NYC.” The photo, from 1991, was shot during the day—an unusual time for drag-queen starlets to be dolled up in wigs and heavy makeup. A couple of years later, it was published in Goldin’s book The Other Side, featuring a slew of edgy gender-benders.

Misty was found dead earlier this month in her apartment in Long Island City. I don’t know the cause. We only recently re-entered each other’s lives, and there was much about her that I didn’t know.

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Hudson Dies at 63

by Paddy Johnson and Matthew Leifheit on February 13, 2014
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Yesterday was a bad day for art. Gagosian announced they will be hiring Derek Blasberg, Editor-at-Large for Harper’s Bazaar, to do lord knows what (I mean that literally, as he’s not got a position), and Hudson, the founder of Feature Inc., died. The first bit of bad news isn’t worth much discussion. Blasberg is just another jewel in an empire that values culture by the money and influence it has behind it, not the ideas it contributes to society. Hudson was different. He cared about art just as much as the business, and in these times, that kind of loss will be felt.

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At 80, Populist Arts Advocate John Hightower Passes Away, Leaving New York with a Funding Legacy

by Julia Wolkoff on July 16, 2013
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John Hightower passed away on July 6th, at the age of 80. He will be remembered as a tough-as-nails, populist administrator who changed the course of state funding for the arts, served as MoMA’s director during a time of social upheaval, and invigorated the South Seaport Museum.

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Outspoken Critic, Robert Hughes, dies aged 74

by Leighann Morris on August 7, 2012
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Celebrated critic, scholar, and cultural commentator Robert Hughes died on Monday aged 74, at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx after a long battle with illness.

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Prolific Filmmaker, Chris Marker, Dies Aged 91

by Leighann Morris on July 31, 2012
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A day after his 91st birthday, the French Ministry of Culture announced yesterday morning that pioneering filmmaker and essayist Chris Marker had passed away. His career spanned over 60 years.

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Franz West Dies at Age 65

by Whitney Kimball on July 26, 2012
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The highly influential Viennese artist has died. He leaves behind a legacy so bold that it has inspired countless artists to make work that looks just like his own.

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Herbert Vogel, New York’s Most Loved Art Collector, Dies, Aged 89

by Leighann Morris on July 24, 2012
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Unique collector Herbert Vogel died Sunday at the age of 89 from natural causes. The most unlikely of collectors, Vogel and his wife Dorothy began their collection in the early 60s, while Herbert was a clerk for the United States Postal Service (which he remained until his retirement), and Dorothy worked at Brooklyn Public Library. With a modest combined income, the couple lived in a one-bedroom apartment in New York, surrounded by their collection of over 5,000 art works.

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