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Longtime AMNH Diorama Painter Dies at 98


If you have ever been to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, you’ve seen the work of Fred Scherer. A major contributor to the painted backdrops of over a dozen dioramas throughout the museum, the world of natural science lost an important artist when he passed away last week at the age of 98, the Battleboro Reformer reports. A teenager during the Great Depression, Scherer dropped out of high school to paint houses with his brother, while studying at the Art Students League of New York. (more…)

Martin Sharp, Aussie Master of Psychedelic Art, Dies at 71


The art world has bid a fond farewell to one of the pillars psychedelic art when the Australian artist, designer, and filmmaker Martin Sharp passed away on Sunday at the age of 71 after a long battle with emphysema, the Telegraph reports. Sharp became known for co-founding the satirical Oz magazine with Richard Neville and Richard Walsh in the 1960s, which subsequently earned them several citations for printing obscene material. But he is perhaps more widely remembered for the neon-hued, eye-bending imagery he created for musicians throughout the ’60s, including Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Donovan, and Cream. (more…)

Anthony Caro Dies of a Heart Attack at Age 89


Anthony Caro, a giant of post-war sculpture who could imbue panels and beams of steel with astounding depth and character while constantly questioning and expanding the medium’s formal vocabulary, has died at the age of 89 after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday, the BBC reports. His work, which could range from playful and bright pieces covered in colorful hues to darker, weightier works that retained their raw steel surfaces, had been the subject of major museum exhibitions the world over, from the Yale Center for British Art earlier this year and the Metropolitan Museum’s rooftop in 2011 (pictured) to a major retrospective at Tate Britain in 2004 and at the Museum of Modern Art in 1975. (more…)

California Dealer Leslie Sacks Has Died at Age 61

leslie-sacks-ripLeslie Sacks, a South Africa-born, Southern California-based dealer whose gallery Leslie Sacks Fine Art and Leslie Sacks Contemporary, in Brentwood and Santa Monica, respectively, have become cornerstones of the SoCal art scene, died on September 26 following a battle with cancer, according to a release from his galleries. He was 61; his widow, Gina Sacks, will take a more active role in the business, while the two locations’ longtime directors will remain, and business will go on as usual, per Leslie Sacks’s wishes. (more…)

Executive Director of the International Balloon Museum Found Dead

balloon-museumOn Friday police in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, found Jennifer Taylor, the executive director at Albuquerque’s Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, dead in a local hotel. Police said that her death is being investigated, but that there are no indications of foul play, according to local station KQRE. She had been at the head of the museum since 2005. (more…)

VIDEO: Eighteen-Year-Old Artist Dies After Miami Beach Police Tasering


The artist Israel Hernandez-Llach, 18, died early Tuesday morning after being Tasered by Miami Beach Police officers who spotted him tagging a vacant McDonald’s restaurant near the intersection of 71st Street and Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, the Miami Herald reports. Hernandez-Llach, a painter and sculptor who was also known by his tag, “Reefa,” had finished writing the first letter of his tag, according to a photo obtained by the Miami New Times, when he was spotted by officers who chased him for several blocks and through a building before Tasering him. He was then taken to Miami’s Mt. Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:15am, according to the Miami Beach Police report. (more…)

RIP Sarah Charlesworth, Conceptual Photographer and Pictures Generation Alum


On Wednesday morning Chelsea’s Susan Inglett Gallery announced that Sarah Charlesworth, one of the conceptual photographers in the so-called Pictures Generation, has died. Charlesworth is represented by Inglett in New York — and by Los Angeles’s Margo Leavin Gallery,  Munich’s Galerie Tanit, and Aspen’s Baldwin Gallery — where her latest solo show opened on June 21. She was born in New Jersey in 1947, earned her BA from Barnard, studied photography briefly at the New School, and had her studio on Great Jones Street. (more…)

Folk Artist and Monumental Whirligig Master Vollis Simpson Dies at 94

Whirligig inventor and famed found-object sculptor Vollis Simpson passed away last Friday at age 94 in his home in Lucama, North Carolina, the New York Times reports. The legacy he leaves behind is the entirely unique form of sculpture for which he became famous, which makes use of discarded industrial machinery, reflective signage, found objects, movable pinwheels, bent scrap metal, and pretty much everything — including the kitchen sink. (more…)

Warhol Film Star and Beat Poet Taylor Mead Passes Away in Colorado

The legendary artist, filmmaker, beat poet, and Lower East Side institution Taylor Mead passed away yesterday after a stroke. Mead had recently relocated to Colorado after leaving his rent-stabilized Ludlow Street apartment in April due to a conflict with the property’s landlord over renovations. He was 88. (To read J. Hoberman’s obituary of Taylor Mead, click here.) (more…)

William Wilson, Former Art Critic for the L.A. Times, Dies at 78

william-wilson-obitWilliam Wilson, a former art critic for the Los Angeles Times, died Saturday, the LA Times reports. He was 78, had had a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease. Wilson first began writing criticism for the LA Times in 1965, while still a student at UCLA — he first got a degree in design and later pursued a graduate degree there in art history. In 1978, he joined the staff when the critic at the time, Henry Seldis, died. Wilson stayed on until 1999 when he departed to write a book about the history of art in LA. and continued to contribute to the newspaper until 2001. (more…)