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Obituary

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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Sculptor John Chamberlain Dies at 84

by Reid Singer on December 22, 2011
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John Chamberlain, the American artist best-known for his abstract sculptures made from auto parts and crushed steel, has died at the age of 84.

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