Obituaries

American painter Knox Martin has died aged 99

The artist was a New York School painter and longtime fixture of the New York art world who Robert Rauschenberg considered a “mentor”

John Harris—an architectural historian and eagle-eyed connoisseur—has died, aged 90

A scholar of Inigo Jones and William Chambers, Harris mounted landmark exhibitions based on the RIBA drawings collection that he so radically transformed

Abdulamir Al-Hamdani, the revered archaeologist and former Iraqi culture minister, has died, aged 55

Hamdani, who served as Iraq’s culture minister from 2018 to 2020, played a vital role in rescuing, restoring and cataloguing the country’s ancient heritage

Grenville Davey, British sculptor, has died, aged 60

The self-effacing artist's subtle work beat flashier rivals such as Damien Hirst to win the Turner Prize

Hermann Nitsch, known for bloody and ritualistic performances that often confronted moral taboos, has died, aged 83

The revered avant-garde artist was prone to shocking audiences with the use of blood, carcases and viscera in his performances

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Philip Hewat-Jaboor, chairman of Masterpiece London, has died

The art consultant and collector passed away after a brief, sudden illness last week

Delfina Entrecanales, arts patron who founded the Delfina Foundation, has died, aged 94

A uniquely generous supporter of the arts who had been likened to a contemporary Medici, Entrecanales gave hundreds of artists the time and space to create but never demanded works in return

Budi Tek, art collector, museum founder and tireless champion of Chinese art, has died aged 65

Tributes pour in for the Indonesian-Chinese businessman who founded the Yuz Museum Shanghai in 2014

Jim Denomie, Ojibwe artist who painted the ‘raw realities of America’, has died, aged 66

At the time of his death, following a battle with cancer, Denomie was preparing for a major solo museum show in 2023

Dan Graham, artist who defied categorisation and was best known for his architectural pavilions, has died, aged 79

The American artist’s work spanned many formats and materials, and was informed by his early desire to become a writer

Jordanian artist Mona Saudi—who made abstract sculptures in stone—has died, aged 76

Several of her works are held in the British Museum collection and a major public work stands outside Paris's Institut du monde arabe

Ignored by the art world until her 80s, abstract artist Carmen Herrera has died, aged 106

Tributes paid to ‘extraordinary artist’ and her dazzling ‘hard-edge’ works

Remembering Richard Rogers, Centre Pompidou architect who waded into the culture wars with his unique, hi-tech style

Anglo-Italian architect was responsible for numerous landmark buildings around the world including the Lloyd's insurance building in London

John Sainsbury, former supermarket boss and major patron of British museums, has died aged 94

Benefactors of his gifts include London's National Gallery, Tate Britain, Dulwich Picture Gallery, the British Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the Royal Opera House

Berlin art dealer suspected of cheating clients has died

Michael Schultz was arrested in 2019 but died before he could be prosecuted

Remembering Michel Strauss, Impressionist supremo at Sotheby’s over four decades

Expert from a French collecting dynasty saw first-hand the fast-changing art world of the 1960s and helped British Rail create its renowned collection

Wayne Thiebaud, painter of lush desserts and disorienting cityscapes, has died, aged 101

Though he was often lumped in with the Pop artists who also rose to prominence in the 1960s, Thiebaud’s sensibility was distinctive, his appeal uniquely enduring

Frederick C. Baldwin, co-founder of Houston’s FotoFest, remembered for championing 'global vision' of photography

Baldwin, who has died at the age of 92, was a “shining example of generosity” driven by his experience of the Civil Rights Movement

Considering Greg Tate’s transformative impact on cultural criticism

The writer, musician and professor, who died earlier this month, wrote some of the most influential and creative art criticism of the past half-century

Lawrence Weiner, conceptual artist known for large and poetic text interventions, has died, aged 79

The artist’s trademark interventions, often consisting of graphic elements and enigmatic phrases, are among the most distinctive bodies of work in contemporary art

Bauhaus, Baroque and Marcel Duchamp: Virgil Abloh's life in art

The fashion designer, who died on Sunday at the age of 41, had exhibitions at some of the world's leading art institutions and collaborated with major contemporary artists

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Remembering Patrick Reyntiens, a pivotal artist in the history of stained glass

After making his name on historic projects at Coventry Cathedral and Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool, he became an innovative practitioner and influential teacher

Dave Hickey, influential critic who saw art as inseparable from everyday life, has died aged 82

He prized accessible writing and paired discussions of sports and food with his artistic analyses in widely read books like ‘The Invisible Dragon’ and ‘Air Guitar’

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Remembering Desideria Pasolini Dall'Onda, who battled to protect Italy's ecology and cultural heritage

Writer, translator of Virginia Woolf, and historian of gardening and farming she became a champion of conservation by co-founding Italia Nostra

‘A master of fire and light’: Quebec-born abstractionist Rita Letendre has died aged 93

The much-honoured artist created bold public works in Toronto and had a major retrospective at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2017

Latif Al Ani, who photographed Iraq’s mid-century modernising, has died aged 89

The photographer’s images of a cosmopolitan Baghdad before the rise of Saddam Hussein have been rediscovered in recent years