Issey Miyake, Fashion Designer with Art-World Following, Dies at 84 –

Issey Miyake, a Japanese fashion designer whose avant-garde clothes and exhibitions garnered significant attention within the international art world, has died at 84. His design studio said he had been battling liver cancer. Miyake’s experimental designs gained a large art-world following because, to many, they felt and looked similar to what is widely seen in … Read more

Takahiko Iimura, Pioneering Video Artist and Filmmaker, Dies at 85 –

Takahiko Iimura, an artist and filmmaker whose early experiments with video during the 1970s made him one of the first to use the medium to artistic ends, has died at 85. A representative for New York’s Microscope Gallery, which represents him, confirmed his death. Iimura’s experimental films of the ’60s gained him a following in … Read more

New York Painter Dies at 81 –

Jennifer Bartlett, whose experiments with subjecting painting to predetermined rule systems had earned her a loyal following, died on July 25 in Amagansett, New York, at 81. A representative for Paula Cooper Gallery, which offered Bartlett some of her earliest shows, confirmed her death. Bartlett’s paintings are quite unlike almost any others made by artists … Read more

AfriCOBRA Artist Nelson Stevens Dies at 84—and More Art News –

To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter. The Headlines UNDER SCRUTINY. On Monday, French officials detained for questioning two major archaeologists as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged antiquities trafficking, Artnet News and Liberation report. That investigation has already led to charges against the … Read more

Lourdes Grobet, Iconic Mexican Photographer of Lucha Libre, Dies at 81

Lourdes Grobet, “La Venus” from the series La double lucha (The double struggle) (1981–1982), black-and-white photograph, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; purchased through the Board of Advisors Acquisition Fund (© Lourdes Grobet, photo courtesy Hammer Museum) Lourdes Grobet, the Mexican artist whose photographs celebrated the world of lucha libre with dignity and candor, died on July … Read more

Claes Oldenburg, Whose Sculptures Transformed the Everyday, Dies at 93

Claes Oldenburg, best known for his large, playful works of everyday objects — from a clothespin and a flashlight to a baseball bat and a fried egg — died on the morning of Monday, July 18 at his home in Manhattan, where he was recovering from a hip injury last month. He was 93. The … Read more

Pioneering Digital Artist Dies at 95 –

Herbert W. Franke, a pioneering digital artist, scientist, and writer of both nonfiction and science fiction, died last week at 95. During the course of his life, Franke will witness enormous changes in technology, and he used his art to reflect and record these shifts. His practice evolved as technology did. In the 1970s, he … Read more

Collector Lily Safra Dies at 87, SFAI to Shutter—and More Art News –

To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter. The Headlines MORE TURMOIL AT DOCUMENTA. The German show announced on Saturday that its board and its managing director, Sabine Schormannhad “mutually agreed” that she will depart, as it faces scrutiny over its handling of anti-Semitism claims, Alex … Read more

Noted Turkish Curator Dies of Cancer –

Fulya Erdemci, a leading curator of the Turkish art scene whose exhibitions had captured the minds of many, both within the country and outside it, has died. A representative for the Istanbul Biennial, where Erdemci served as director from 1994 to 2000, said that Erdemci died of cancer, but did not provide her age. “We … Read more