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RIP Wayne Thiebaud (1920 – 2021)


Wayne Thiebaud was an American painter, one of the more interesting American painters of the 20th century.

I particularly like his Refrigerator Pies (1962) which I first came across in Art Now (1976) by Lucie-Smith.

Two good texts on the early period of his career are “The Slice-of-Cake School” (1962) and “An Interview with Wayne Thiebaud” (1966).

The first text has some intelligent remarks on lighting. The second has Thiebaud talking about the significance of pies in the American mind.

Not a Thiebaud painting: Mound of Butter (c. 1875–1885), a painting by French artist Antoine Vollon.

Because there is no good Youtube footage of Thiebaud and as an non-journalist I cannot reproduce content in copyright, I give you one of my favorite paintings, Mound of Butter.

RIP Lawrence Weiner (1942 – 2021)

“Wind And The Willows” from ‘Monsters from the Deep’ (1997), probably based on the artwork of 1995 of the same title.

Lawrence Weiner is an American artist who made visual poetry and who wrote the art manifesto “Declaration of Intent” (1968).

He designed the Quando Quango and Section 25 poster for Factory Records in 1985.

With Ned Sublette, he released the albums Ships At Sea, Sailors & Shoes (1993) and Monsters from the Deep (1997).

In Antwerp, his poem “Iron and gold in the air, dust and smoke on the ground” is on permanent display at the Middelheim Open Air Sculpture Museum.

RIP Jimmie Durham (1940 – 2021)

Tim Cone on Still Life With Spirit and Xitle (2007)

Jimmie Durham was an American sculptor and pretendian.

He is known for such works as Still Life With Spirit and Xitle (2007).

It features a 1992 Chrysler Spirit smashed by a 9-ton boulder of red basalt from the Mexican volcano Xitle.

Durham gave the stone a cartoon-like face afterwards. As of 2021, it was located at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

RIP Brigid Berlin (1939 – 2020)

Brigid Berlin was an American artist and Warhol superstar.

Andy Warhol and Brigid Berlin are interviewed on the process of creating Electric Chair and Flowers

After moving to Hotel Chelsea, Brigid Berlin took on the nickname Brigid Polk because of her habit of giving out ‘pokes’, injections of Vitamin B and amphetamines provided to her by the many Dr. Feelgoods New York sported at the time. One of these Dr. Feelgoods was Max Jacobson.