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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

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US painter of cosmologies Jack Whitten dies age 78

Major survey of his sculptures opens at the Baltimore Museum of Art in April before travelling to the Metropolitan Museum

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Pioneering US artist Betty Woodman dies aged 87

She was the first living woman to have a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Artist and activist Tim Rollins dies aged 62

The education pioneer founded the K.O.S. collective which challenges “elite notions of fine art”

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Christos Joachimides, who captured the Zeitgeist of 1980s Berlin, dies aged 85

Norman Rosenthal on the life of the Greek-born German curator

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Vincent Scully, fervent professor of art of architecture, has died, aged 97

His lectures at Yale University inspired generations to think about “the humanity within architecture”, says former student Maya Lin

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Tim Hunt—flâneur and the curator of the Andy Warhol Foundation—has died, aged 60

"He was the most charming, kind and witty individual imaginable, for whom nobody had a bad word, which is rare in the art world"

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Linda Nochlin: the American art historian who first pointed the finger at institutional barriers as the explanation for the absence of great female artists from the canon

She changed forever the way people thought about the mythology of artistic genius, and the masterpiece theatre version of art history

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Pioneering feminist art historian Linda Nochlin dies aged 86

Her essay, Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?, changed the course of art history

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Bronx Museum launches director's fund in memory of Holly Block

During her decade-long tenure, she led a $25m capital campaign and quadrupled yearly visitors

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Pierre Bergé, French entrepreneur and art collector, dies aged 86

His death comes shortly before the opening of two museums dedicated to his long-term partner, the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent

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David Tang, fashion entrepreneur and Chinese art collector, dies aged 63

Founder of fashion brand Shanghai Tang displayed pieces from his collection in his clubs and restaurants

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Tim Reeve, deputy director of the V&A, remembers Martin Roth

A sharp mind, a warm personality and a dynamic director

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Former V&A director Martin Roth has died aged 62

After heading museums in Britain and Germany, he became more politically engaged

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Death of Russia’s 'most popular' artist, a pseudo-dissident, far-Right nationalist

Ilya Glazunov gained the backing of all Russia’s presidents from Khrushchev onwards

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Harold Williams, founding president and CEO of LA’s J. Paul Getty Trust, has died

Williams led the creation of the Getty Center and grew the institution’s endowment

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China's artists defy censorship ban to mourn Liu Xiaobo

Dissident activist and Nobel laureate was last sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2009 and died in custody

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Pioneering American artist Daniel LaRue Johnson dies

His work is currently on show in Soul of a Nation at Tate Modern

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Remembering Khadija Saye, the artist who died in the Grenfell Tower fire

Artist Nicola Green, gallery director Ingrid Swenson and Tate curator Andrew Wilson share their memories

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In pictures: the 'remarkable, powerful' works of Khadija Saye who died in Grenfell Tower blaze

Photographer’s works praised at this year's Venice Biennale and a print is due to be displayed at Tate Britain as a tribute

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Vito Acconci: the controversial and pioneering US artist who refused all restraint to explore his body

He sat under a floor at a gallery with a microphone for eight hours and masturbated while speaking of his fantasies about people sitting above

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Laure de Beauvau-Craon, princess and former chair of Sotheby’s France, has died, aged 74

She fought a centuries-old monopoly of the country’s auction market—and won

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James Rosenquist: made famous by his anti-Vietnam War work, the Pop artist never went out of fashion

Rosenquist put the mass consciousness of fear and cultural contradiction in a room, outflanking all who entered it

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Vito Acconci, Body Art trailblazer, poet and architect, has died, aged 77

“Once someone said conceptual art I thought, maybe I can do that, I have ideas, there’s a place for me,” the artist said in an interview

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'Critics say Pop artists love their subject matter. Bullshit!' Remembering James Rosenquist

Pop artist, who has died aged 83, told us ahead of his 2003 Guggenheim retrospective about subverting New York billboards as a young man

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Paolo Viti

The many cultural initiatives of Olivetti’s and Fiat’s arts director

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David Rockefeller, banker, philanthropist and lifetime MoMA patron, dies at age 101

The former chairman’s ties to the institution reach back to his mother Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, who helped found the museum

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Howard Hodgkin dies aged 84

British painter, described as one of the greatest colourists of his generation, won the Turner Prize in 1985 and exhibited widely including at the Met and Reina Sofia

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Spencer Hays, who donated his collection to the Musée d’Orsay, has died

The philanthropist and businessman began collecting works with his wife Marlene in the 1970s

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Gustav Metzger, auto-destructive art trailblazer, has died aged 90

Lifelong activist was “one of the truly radical artists of the 20th century”, says Hans Ulrich Obrist

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Paul Walter, the voracious New York collector, connoisseur and bon vivant pioneered photography collecting, has died

He was able to focus on the rare and the unique, and this was something the others learned from

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China mourns sudden death of provocative photographer Ren Hang

Artist's colourful nude photographs have been widely shown across Asia, Europe and the US

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Arte Povera artist Jannis Kounellis has died, aged 80

The sculptor was known for his use of lowly materials like coal, jute bags and piles of stones

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In memoriam, February 2017

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Jean-Paul Barbier-Mueller, museum founder and collector who opposed the return of artefacts to their countries of origin

When he saw an object he liked, he would never let it go. Sometimes he waited years to acquire some of them

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Saloua Raouda Choucair, pioneering Lebanese artist, dies aged 100

Tate Modern’s show in 2013 brought her abstract sculptures and paintings to a much wider audience

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Lord Snowdon, photographer of British high society, dies aged 86

Princess Margaret's former husband worked for Vogue and his pictures were shown at the National Portrait Gallery

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John Berger, the author of Ways of Seeing, has died aged 90

Art critic, who hated being called an art critic, will be best remembered for influential television series turned bestseller<br>