Obituaries

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

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Remembering Michael Archer, member of a golden age of curators at the Victoria and Albert Museum, who has died, aged 85

For more than 20 years, Archer enriched the ceramics department of the V&A with important acquisitions and research on glass, pottery and the tin-glazed earthenware on which he was a world authority

Remembering Raymond Briggs: pioneering illustrator and creator of beloved book The Snowman

Briggs used his charming, low-tech visual style to devastating emotional effect in his adult, anti-war books as much as in his beloved children's tales and their film adaptations

Russian artist Dmitry Vrubel, who created famous Brezhnev-Honecker kiss mural on Berlin Wall, has died aged 62

The dissident painter suffered heart failure while being treated for Covid-19 in Germany

Issey Miyake, ground-breaking Japanese fashion designer and favourite of museum costume institutes, has died, aged 84

After surviving the atomic bombing of Hiroshima as a child, Miyake turned to clothes as a modern, optimistic form of creativity, and revived the use of pleats to create wearable, free-flowing, unisex clothes

Jennifer Bartlett, a painter known for her conceptual approach and grids, has died, aged 81

Bartlett studied with some of the titans of Conceptual and Minimalist art, applying their lessons to her relentlessly inventive painting practice

Seminal Pop Art artist Claes Oldenburg has died, aged 93

“The one rule of my work is that it must not have any function,” Oldenburg said in an interview, “I begin by removing the function of the thing because it’s true function is to become an artwork.”

Brazilian art collector Gilberto Chateaubriand has died, aged 97

Chateaubriand, son of the MASP founder Assis Chateaubriand, held one of the most important collections of Brazilian Modern and contemporary art

Fulya Erdemci, the Turkish curator and former director of the Istanbul Biennial, has died

She will be remembered for her commitment to exploring the relationship between public space and contemporary art

Peter Brook, a giant of international theatre whose stage work moved in sympathy with the visual arts, has died, aged 97

Brook's influential "white-cube" 1970 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and his epic 1985 realisation of the Sanskrit epic The Mahābhārata find echoes in art history

Margaret Keane, widely popular painter of big-eyed figures, has died at age 94

For decades, Keane’s hugely lucrative painting practice was controlled by her husband, who took credit for her canvases

Sam Gilliam, a painter revered for draped canvases rich in colour, has died, aged 88

The abstract painter associated with the Washington Color School achieved global renown beginning in the 1970s for his unique uses of colour and canvas

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Remembering Paula Rego: an artist who could realise wondrous and disturbing scenes with unflinching honesty

The Portuguese-born artist, who died this month aged 87, is known for her dark visual story telling, but was herself warm, curious and generous

Austrian collector Heidi Goëss-Horten has died, aged 81, days after her new museum opens

The Heidi Horten Collection in Vienna includes works by Andy Warhol, Lucio Fontana and Damien Hirst

Artist Paula Rego—known for her mythical depictions of modern femininity—has died, aged 87

The British-Portuguese artist, a key figure in The London Group collective, gained a huge retrospective at Tate Britain last year and is a key presence in this year's Venice Biennale