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Obituary: Nathalie Brooke, a leading figure in the preservation of Venice

A remarkable cultural ambassador in London's art, political, and musical scene and on return visits to her native Russia. One of the founders of Venice in Peril

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Chinese artist and provocateur Huang Yong Ping has died, aged 65

Curator and collaborator Hou Hanru says that the late Chinese artist provided “an alternative viewpoint on the world”

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Stefan Edlis, prolific Chicago philanthropist and collector of contemporary art, has died, aged 94

Along with his wife Gael Neeson, the plastics mogul was considered a "Nobel Laureate of Chicago Philanthropy"

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Modern art historian, US museum director and clergyman EA Carmean, Jr has died, age 74

He was the National Gallery of Art’s founding curator of 20th-century art and led the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

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Artist, activist and Andy Warhol muse John Giorno has died, aged 82

Tributes paid to key figure of US counterculture whose work was “groundbreaking for its time”

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Deborah Marrow, the Getty’s longest-serving leader, has died, aged 70

Starting in 1983 as publications coordinator, she spent most of her three decades at the Getty overseeing its grant-making programme

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Jacques Chirac, former French president, dies, aged 86

The politician, who also served as prime minister and Paris mayor, championed the founding of the Musée du Quai Branly

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Huguette Caland—leading artist of the Arab world—has died, aged 88

Lebanese artist and designer who was known for her erotic line drawings and abstract paintings was "clearly ahead of her own time"

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Gianfranco Gorgoni, photographer of Land Art and the New York avant-garde, has died, aged 77

The photographer, first known for his intimate portraits of artists, was later renowned for his monumental images of art in remote places

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Vancouver street photographer Fred Herzog has died, age 88

The German-born Canadian captured a view of the city that has since been lost, but he did not receive major recognition until late in life

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Robert Frank, the foreigner who framed America in photographs, dies aged 94

Swiss-born photographer, best know for his series The Americans, had a wide and enduring impact on photography

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Francisco Toledo, renowned Mexican artist and activist, has died, aged 79

Known for powerful imagery rooted in his native Oaxaca, he was also a cultural benefactor

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Greek sculptor Panayiotis Vassilakis, known as Takis, has died at 93

The self-taught artist explored magnetic field energy in his kinetic works, admired by Duchamp and the American Beat poets

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Nancy Reddin Kienholz, artist and partner of Ed Kienholz, dies age 75

The pair created provocative installations about American society, race and sex

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Kamal Boullata—Palestinian master of abstract art and Arabic calligraphy—dies, aged 77

Jerusalem-born artist who lived 50 years in exile was a pioneer of the hurufiyya movement and one of the first to write about Palestine's art history

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In memoriam: Karsten Schubert in conversation with Michael Landy

In this archive interview, the artist Michael Landy speaks to the London-based dealer Karsten Schubert, who died this week, about his life as a collector

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Dealer Karsten Schubert—champion of YBAs including Rachel Whiteread and Gary Hume—has died, aged 57

The German-born gallerist and publisher was a key figure in the London art world for more than 30 years

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Carlos Cruz-Diez, kinetic art trailblazer who was obsessed with colour, dies aged 95

Venezuelan artist was an important figure in the history of abstraction

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Marisa Merz, only woman linked to Arte Povera group, dies aged 93

The intensely private artist won the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the 2013 Venice Biennale

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Frieder Burda—leading German collector of Modern masters including Picasso and Pollock—dies aged 83

Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden is home to the philanthropist's collection of around 1,000 works

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Sadie Roberts-Joseph, founder of Baton Rouge African American Museum, has died

The tireless community advocate was found murdered last week, aged 75

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Art historian Douglas Crimp, who defined the Pictures Generation, dies aged 74

Writer, curator and editor organised the influential Pictures exhibition and championed artist activism during the Aids crisis

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Post-war painter Leon Kossoff, who captured London life and landscapes, dies aged 92

British artist whose School of London classmates included Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach “saw beauty in everything and in everybody”, his gallery says

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Young New York-based artist Devra Freelander killed in a bicycle accident

The 28-year-old recently showed work in Times Square

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Barbara Hunt McLanahan, the executive director of the Children's Museum of the Arts, has died aged 55

Her tenure reflected her "steadfast belief in the transformative power of art", the museum says

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My father, the polymath, artist and adventurer, Friedrich Meckseper

The New York-based artist Josephine Meckseper shares personal memories of her father’s life and work

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Artist Martin Roth has died, aged 41

The artist's last solo exhibition centred on gun violence

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Robert Therrien, whose outsize art teetered between fantasy and reality, has died at 71

The artist delved into quotidian objects like a 10-foot-high kitchen table

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Leah Chase, New Orleans chef and collector of African American art, has died aged 96

The “Queen of Creole Cuisine” showed works by artists including Elizabeth Catlett and Jacob Lawrence in her legendary restaurant Dooky Chase's

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The Modernist architect I.M. Pei has died, aged 102

The Chinese-American designer created some of the world’s most striking museum projects, including the Louvre’s glass pyramid entrance and the National Gallery of Art’s East Building

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What Jayne Wrightsman did when you criticised her style

Anna Somers Cocks recalls a telling episode in her relations with the Met’s benefactor, who died on 20 April

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Remembering Jayne Wrightsman

A reminiscence of the New York socialite, arts patron and philanthropist by Keith Christiansen, the chairman of the Met's European Paintings Department

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Philanthropist Henry Wollman Bloch has died aged 96

Bloch was an avid collector who made important contributions to the Nelson-Atkins Museum

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Tributes to Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, giant of contemporary Iranian art

Curators and artists, including Shirin Neshat, remember the artist who called her geometric mirror works “signs of light and life”

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French sculptor Claude Lalanne has died, aged 93

Her imaginative works inspired by flora and fauna sometimes carried a Surrealist touch

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Okwui Enwezor was one of the most influential curators in history

The Art Newspaper's features editor Ben Luke pays tribute

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Hans Ulrich Obrist remembers his friend Okwui Enwezor

Many of Enwezor's ideas "are more relevant today than ever before", Obrist says

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Pioneering artist and film-maker Agnès Varda has died, aged 90

Varda was part of France's New Wave movement and her recent documentary with street artist JR was nominated for an Oscar

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Remembering Edmund Capon, longest-serving director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales

He shook up a moribund institution by abolishing entry fees and staging lively exhibitions

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David Bailey in focus, plus Picasso biographer John Richardson remembered

We meet the photographer David Bailey at his London studio to discuss his new book and we talk with Gijs van Hensbergen about John Richardson, who died aged 95 last week. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Matisse expert and archivist Wanda de Guebriant has died, aged 69

The only authorised authenticator of the artist’s work started her 40-year career as an assistant to Matisse’s daughter, Marguerite Duthuit

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Experimental film-maker Barbara Hammer dies, aged 79

The pioneer of lesbian film became an advocate for medical aid in dying

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Obituary: Lamia al-Gailani, the archaeologist who brought new life to the looted Basrah museum

She was a key figure in the post-war re-establishment of Iraq’s antiquities museums

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Okwui Enwezor, curator of Documenta and Venice Biennale, has died aged 55

Enwezor inspired a global, inclusive view of art history

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Tribute to Marella Agnelli—doyenne of high society

The art collector and museum founder who married into the Agnelli dynasty was a woman of charm and intelligence

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Tributes pour in for Italian marine archaeologist Sebastiano Tusa who died in Ethiopian Airlines plane crash

He was was an expert on the battle of Egadi of 241BC

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Picasso biographer John Richardson dies, aged 95

We recently spoke to the art historian about his new book focusing on his extraordinary life, his homes and his eclectic personal collection

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Adventures with Van Gogh

The astonishing life of Johan van Gogh: Vincent's great-nephew dies aged 96

A tribute to Theo van Gogh’s grandson, who served in the Dutch secret service

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'Forces of time snatch people like devils': remembering pioneering feminist artist Carolee Schneemann

The painter, performance artist and film-maker, who won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2017, has died aged 79

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When Karl Lagerfeld sold his art collection

The fashion designer, who died this week at the age of 85, spent lavishly on decorating his houses in the style of the Ancien Régime

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Art world tributes for Minimalist painter Robert Ryman, who has died aged 88

“In defining art's formal limits, he was the most radical painter of his time,” says art historian Robert Storr

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Lyn Kienholz, champion of art in Southern California, has died at 88

She founded the LA History Project, which led to the exhibition series Pacific Standard Time

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Susan Hiller, a ‘paraconceptualist’ who abandoned anthropology in favour of art, has died, aged 78

“In art, the viewer can be forced into a situation that creates empathy, which cannot be done in the social sciences,” she said

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'Authority, concision and style': historian Theodore K. Rabb dies, aged 81

The specialist of the Early Modern period was a regular contributor to The Art Newspaper

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Jonas Mekas, ‘godfather of American avant-garde cinema’, dies at 96

Without Mekas, “experimental film is unthinkable”, says Stuart Comer, MoMA's chief curator of media and performance art

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Nicola L., known for her feminist functional design, has died at 81

The artist’s 50-year career transcended art and design and provided humourous political critique

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Tributes for the art historian Sister Wendy Beckett who has died, aged 88

Her unscripted commentaries on Rembrandt, Monet and Leonardo da Vinci turned her into an unlikely television star

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Robert Morris, the conceptual sculptor and leading Minimalist, has died, aged 87

We once asked the artist for his thoughts on Minimalism; he called our questions “trivial, superficial, puerile, misdirected, irrelevant, egregious, distracted, dull, feeble, breathless, gossip-mongering, smarmy and lizard-like”

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Shirin Aliabadi, known for depicting rebellious Iranian women, has died

Artist photographed women breaking free of state-imposed rules

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Geta Brătescu, Romanian multidisciplinary artist, has died aged 92

She was an important figure of the European country’s avant-garde scene with a career spanning more than six decades, but gained wider international recognition in recent years

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Josh Roth, Hollywood deal-maker who was the head of UTA's fine arts division, has died, aged 40

His death comes just weeks after the opening of the agency's new gallery in Beverly Hills, designed by the artist Ai Weiwei

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Christopher Gibbs: the man who brokered £50m Getty grant to the National Gallery—and fed Princess Margaret hash brownies

The antiques dealer was more than an “acid-tripping ex-roué once known as the king of Chelsea”

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Remembering Irving Sandler

The art critic, historian and Artists Space co-founder earned the moniker "The Sweeper Up After Artists"

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Malcolm Morley, the first artist to win the Turner Prize, has died aged 86

The US-based photorealist trailblazer turned to Expressionism, experiencing a career renaissance in later years

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Podcast episode 33: Absent friends—Howard Hodgkin's final paintings; Robert Indiana remembered

We talk to Antony Peattie, the music writer and partner of the late Howard Hodgkin and to Barbara Haskell, curator of Robert Indiana's 2013 retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

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LOVE artist Robert Indiana has died, aged 89

The artist’s death came the day after a lawsuit was filed over his legacy

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Chicago dealer Richard Gray has died, aged 89

The gallerist and patron was a key figure in the city’s art scene for more than 50 years

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‘Believing is seeing’: Tom Wolfe on Modern art

The novelist and journalist was also an outspoken art critic

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Danish artist Per Kirkeby has died, aged 79

The painter was well known for his opaque, semi-abstract canvases inspired by natural history

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Frieze New York pays tribute to the School of Hudson

The maverick art dealer helped to shape New York’s contemporary art scene by finding and supporting some of today's biggest artists

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Abbas, Magnum photographer who focussed on political conflict and religion, dies aged 74

His documentation of the Iranian Revolution in his home country sparked a career-long fascination with the world’s major faiths

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Marcia Hafif, California artist who found her calling in Italy, has died, aged 89

Like many other female artists of her generation, the painter and performer was overlooked by most of the art world until recently

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Turner Prize nominee Gillian Ayres dies, aged 88

Abstract artist and printmaker was made a Royal Academician in 1991, but she resigned temporarily in 1997