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Obituary

Hudson Dies at 63

by Paddy Johnson 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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Denise René, Pioneering Parisian Gallerist, Dead at 99

by Leighann Morris on July 9, 2012
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Visionary Parisian gallerist Denise René passed away this morning after a long life in the arts. She was 99. She established her career as a gallerist in 1945 by exhibiting in Paris at a time when the German occupation had left the city almost culturally empty. René believed that abstraction could liberate art from the academic constraints of the figurative tradition, exhibiting under the principle that art must invent new paths in order to exist.

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Suddenly, Everyone’s Got an Opinion on Hilton Kramer

by Corinna Kirsch on March 28, 2012
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Art critic Hilton Kramer died yesterday, and the responses to his death have been as polemic as his writing. A member of the old guard, Kramer was a modernist who tried, but failed, to grasp important trends in contemporary art; he also successfully identified many of its weaknesses. We admire his strong, provocative voice and fearless finger-wagging at bad taste. His assertion that defining Abstract Expressionism in terms of the artist’s psychological state turned everything to shit and replaced aesthetics with biography (we’re paraphrasing) still rings true.

In hopes of giving the late critic a well-rounded portrait, we've provided links to these essays and our own commentary below:

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Helen Frankenthaler, Painter and Printmaker, Dies at 83

by Reid Singer on December 27, 2011
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Helen Frankenthaler, one of the earliest and most influential contributors to the Abstract Expressionist movement, has died at the age of 83.

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