Obituaries

'Godmother of Miami's art scene', Mira Lehr, has died aged 88

Lehr was the co-founder of the Continuum women's art collective and used her art to address the challenges of global warming and rising sea levels

Alfred Leslie, rising star of Abstract Expressionism who embraced figuration, has died, aged 95

After rising to prominence in New York’s AbEx scene of the 1950s, Leslie devoted much of his career to honing a style of monumental figuration that was decades ahead of its time

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'A south London version of the fabled homunculus': Norman Rosenthal remembers the multi-talented artist Tom Phillips

In a six-decade career, the British artist also composed and performed music, published books and was an expert on African art

Michael Snow, avant-garde film-maker and sculptor, has died aged 94

The witty Canadian polymath caused a sensation with his 1967 underground film "Wavelength" and enjoyed public dispute over his city sculptures

Marilyn Stafford, a pioneer of street and fashion photography, has died, aged 97

Social observation was key to the work of the recently rediscovered protégée of Francesco Scavullo and Henri Cartier-Bresson

Influential Düsseldorf dealer Hans Mayer—the first to show Warhol in Germany—dies aged 82

The gallerist is credited with introducing European audiences to post-war US artists

Ronald Feldman, art dealer who ‘championed big ideas’, has died, aged 84

Feldman, an early supporter of artists like Joseph Beuys and Chris Burden, opened his gallery in 1971 and quickly established himself as a gallerist willing to take risks

Pope Benedict XVI, for eight years proprietor in trust of the Vatican's library and art collection, has died aged 95

The German-born conservative pontiff, a noted theological scholar, tried to accommodate contemporary art but became a subject of satire

Remembering Vivienne Westwood, godmother of punk and designer to the art tribe, who has died aged 81

The outspoken and original couturier referenced historical costume along with portraiture and campaigned for free access to museums

Football legend Pelé, a muse for Warhol and street art icon, has died aged 82

Martin Parr and Juergen Teller are among the artists who captured the Brazilian star's gift for friendship and personal diplomacy

The artist Dorothy Iannone, hailed as a ‘freedom fighter’, dies aged 89

She confronted censorship issues including a legal battle over Henry Miller novel

Remembering Elizabeth II—a master of the art of monarchy—and the artists, historians, designers, gallerists, and critics who died in 2022

The artists Paula Rego and Sam Gilliam, the gallerist Virginia Dwan, the critic Peter Schjeldahl and the patron of the arts John Sainsbury were among the other influential figures lost to the art world this year

Maya Picasso, daughter of artist Pablo and important archivist of her father's legacy, has died, aged 87

Her relationship with her father is the subject of an ongoing exhibition at the Picasso Museum in Paris

Philip Pearlstein, whose nude portraits helped revive figurative painting, has died, aged 98

Pearlstein, a classmate of Andy Warhol’s who similarly worked against the grain of the dominant Abstract Expressionist style of the time, remained committed to representation from the late 1950s onward

Remembering Peter Schjeldahl: indispensable critic, poet, and lyrical observer of the embodied experience of art

His direct and personal style made him a well-respected chronicler of the US art scene for over 50 years

Artist Ashley Bickerton, who imagined new ways to lampoon and critique consumerism, has died, aged 63

The Indonesia-based artist, who rose to prominence in New York in the 1980s alongside Jeff Koons and Peter Halley, was diagnosed with ALS last year

British artist-polymath Tom Phillips—portrait painter, composer and poet—has died, aged 85

Phillips's masterpiece is A Humument, a 50-year recreation, redrawing and rewriting of a long-forgotten Victorian novel, that informed the artist's wider output, including an opera and his translation of Dante's Inferno

Dagny Corcoran, an influential art book dealer in Los Angeles, has died, aged 77

Her bookstore Art Catalogues, which she founded in 1977 and is still in operation, has long been a gathering place for the Los Angeles art community

Lee Bontecou—artist known for haunting, ominous wall sculptures made from industrial materials—has died, aged 91

The artist, who rose to prominence in the New York art scene of the 1970s, remained committed to an unclassifiable and otherworldly aesthetic

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In memoriam: London art dealer and restaurateur Andrew Edmunds represented a special and vivid chapter in Soho’s history

The world expert on the prints of William Hogarth, James Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson was a great and colourful character

Laila Shawa—a revolutionary Palestinian artist who found international fame—has died, aged 82

The artist and activist, described as the ‘mother of Arabic revolutionary art’ has work in the collections of the British Museum and the Ashmolean

Pierre Soulages, who found infinite possibility in black abstract paintings, has died, aged 102

The celebrated French artist remained committed to his singular formal pursuit for decades

Rodney Graham, influential Canadian conceptual artist with a wry sense of humour, has died, aged 73

After coming up among the Vancouver School’s photo-conceptualists, Graham struck out on his own singular, irreverent pursuits

Peter Schjeldahl, the revered art critic for the New Yorker, has died, aged 80

Following stints at Art News and the Village Voice, and as a poet, Schjeldahl joined the New Yorker in 1998, becoming one of the most influential art critics of his generation

Billy Al Bengston, painter who epitomised the visual lexicon of California culture, has died, aged 88

The artist was best-known for his abstract lacquered works and played a key role in the development of the Los Angeles art scene in the 1960s

Remembering Virginia Dwan: the US's first bicoastal gallerist

Hugely influential art dealer whose galleries in Los Angeles and New York launched Minimalism and Land Art in the US

Dimitrios Pandermalis, director and curator of the Acropolis Museum in Athens, has died, aged 82

Pandermalis, a revered archaeologist and professor, had also been outspoken in calling for the reunification of all the Parthenon marbles in Athens

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Remembering Claes Oldenburg: reluctant Pop Art pioneer and maker of outsize sculptures

The artist denied that his huge sculptures of everyday objects were Pop Art, insisting he was not trying to make a comment consumerism or capitalism with them

William Klein, photographer who captured the bustle of New York City and brought high fashion into the streets, has died, aged 96

Klein, a native New Yorker, moved to Paris in the Second World War’s aftermath and forged an oeuvre spanning photography, film and painting

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II, the British sovereign who perfected the fine art of monarchy

Over seven decades, the monarch used ceremonial, media and heritage to project soft power around the globe