“She dug into what she was fascinated by and obsessed with: things that existed on the periphery, people who didn’t follow the rules,” said one of her friends.
Her decades-long devotion to the world of wrestling is all the more noteworthy considering that her father forbade her from attending matches as a child, deeming them an inappropriate pastime for women.
Oldenburg seduced viewers with his iconic, foam-filled “soft sculptures” and massive public artworks that made mundane objects suddenly magical.
At a time when many Black artists turned to figuration, Gilliam harnessed the power of abstraction, freeing the canvas from its support.
The long-overlooked artist received her first museum survey at age 83.
He mastered the textures of frosting, meringue, and donut glaze, but was also known for his dizzying cityscapes and Pop-like humor.
Not content to wait for a bevy of critics to comment on the going-ons of the non-white art world, hooks took it upon herself to write about the artists she believed to be critical in the field.
The Barbadian-born filmmaker, producer, and writer passed away in June, after decades of advocating for Afro-diasporic film culture.
“No other scholar has contributed as much to the study of California art,” says critic and curator Michael Duncan.
Gillian granted her students permission to be in love with the unpopular and unfashionable, to persist in spite of circumstance, to retreat if necessary, and to be boundlessly passionate.
The genius behind Roger Rabbit and The Thief and the Cobbler brought an unprecedented three-dimensional feeling to traditional animation.
Zabriskie, who passed away on May 7, created and ran two galleries for close to 60 years, one in New York and the other in Paris.