artworldTributes

R.B. Kitaj


R.B. Kitaj’s work broke a modernist taboo – before it became fashionable to do so – by being unabashedly literary. Hilton Kramer once complained that his paintings were “littered with ideas.” But as referential as he could be, Kitaj was always a consummately visual artist.


Milton Resnick (1917-2004)


These remarks were delivered by Geoffrey Dorfman at a memorial for Milton Resnick held at St. Marks in the Bowerie on March 12, 2005. Other speakers on that occasion were Ed Rudolph, David Reed, Todd Granzow (ready by Jim Young) John Ittner, Nathan Kernan, Sherman Drexler, Jerome Rothenberg (read by Mark Weiss), Bob Hauge, Pat…


Steven Parrino 1958-2005


Just scrolling through Team gallery’s website to look at some of the images of Steve Parrino’s work made me sad ( in the first hours of the new year the artist had a fatal accident on his motorcycle near his home in brooklyn ) I only met him once or twice but I reviewed his…


Fermin Rocker 1907-2004


A version of this obituary was published in the London Independent on October 20, 2004 Fermin Rocker himself had recognized that his current show at the Chambers Gallery in London would be his last. For some time he had been tired. His eyes were not as good as they were, and walking the few yards to…


John Rivers Coplans 1920-2003


Memorial Tribute for John Rivers Coplans (June 24, 1920 – August 21, 2003) Thursday May 20, 2004 The Great Hall, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art New York City John Coplans. Serial Figures. May 21 – June 26, 2004 Andrea Rosen Gallery 525 West 24th St. New York, NY 10011 John Coplans:…


Richard Wollheim: 1923-2003


To me, then, it is as though my body consists of nought but ciphers which give me the key to everything; or as if we could enter into a new and hopeful relationship with the whole of existence if only we began to think with the heart. - Hugo von Hofmannsthal, “The Letter of Lord Chandos”…


Alberto Giacometti, Portrait of David Sylvester, 1960. Oil on canvas, 45 11/16 x 35 1/16 inches. Private Collection

The Golden Lion of English Artwriting: David Sylvester, 1924-2001


he described art as well as any writer in English since Ruskin.