Art Buzz May 2, 2013: Henry Hope Reed, Architectural Historian, Is Dead at 97



Henry Hope Reed, Architectural Historian, Is Dead at 97

Source: NYT, 5-2-13

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Henry Hope Reed in Central Park in 1979. He was an early leader of historical walking tours.

Henry Hope Reed, an architecture critic and historian whose ardent opposition to modernism was purveyed in books, walking tours of New York City and a host of curmudgeonly barbs directed at advocates of the austere, the functional and unornamented in public buildings and spaces, died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 97.

The death was confirmed by Paul Gunther, president of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art….READ MORE

Art Buzz April 18, 2012: John Golding, Renowned Cubist Scholar and Abstract Painter, Dies at 82



John Golding, Renowned Cubist Scholar and Abstract Painter, Dies at 82

Source: Gallerist NY, 4-18-12

John Golding. (Courtesy the family of John Golding/The Guardian)

John Golding, one of the premier historians of cubism and an accomplished abstract painter, died on April 9 at the age of 82, according to The New York Times. The news was first announced by the Courtauld Institute of Art, in London, where he taught for many years. No cause of death was available.

Golding is perhaps best known for his 1959 landmark book Cubism: A History and an Analysis, 1907–1914, one of the earliest thorough studies of the topic. Margalit Fox, writing in The Times, had this to say of the work:

In that book Mr. Golding refuted the idea, widely prevalent at midcentury, that Cubism represented a break with the realistic tradition. On the contrary, he said, the Cubist perspective, with its emphasis on spatial depiction from simultaneous multiple vantage points, marked a singular return to realism after the misty prospect of Impressionism.

Fittingly, Elizabeth Cowling’s obituary for Golding in The Wall Street Journal carries the headline “Cubism’s Vasari.”

Golding organized a number of major exhibitions on artists like Picasso, Braque and Matisse, including “Matisse Picasso,” which examined the close (and competitive) relationship those two artists shared for many decades. It visited the Museum of Modern Art’s temporary Queens branch in 2003.

Born in Mexico, in 1929, he did his undergraduate work at the University of Toronto, and earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the Courtauld Institute.

In addition to being a practicing painter, exhibiting widely, Golding penned a number of well-regarded essays for The New York Review of Books. (His pieces are available here.) In The Guardian, Michael McNay singled out Golding’s almost 11,000-word essay “The Triumph of Picasso,“ published in 1988 in The NYRB, as “one of the finest accounts of Picasso’s achievements.” Added Mr. McNay:

In person he looked a little like Picasso, but his voice was soft and his delivery almost contemplative, as though he was thinking his way forward, trying his ideas out on his audience as he formulated them, even on subjects he knew well.

His partner of four decades was historian James Coll, who died in 1994.

Art Buzz April 7, 2012: Thomas Kinkade dies at 54; artist was called the ‘Painter of Light’



‘Painter of Light’ Thomas Kinkade dead at 54

Source: Zap2it, 4-7-12

thomas-kinkade-paintingsThomas Kinkade, the “painter of light,” whose paintings and prints hang in one out of every 20 American homes, is dead at the age of 54. A statement from his family says Kinkade died from natural causes on Friday (April 6) at his Los Gatos, Calif., home.

“Thom provided a wonderful life for his family,” his wife Nanette says of the artist in a statement to the San Jose Mercury News. “We are shocked and saddened by his death.”


Kinkade was never a favorite with critics — his Christmas paintings and other scenes of wholesome American cottage scenes — are often dismissed as kitschy. But fans love the warm paintings and Kinkade’s talent for painting light.

As news of his death hit the Internet, Kinkade fans poured out their tributes on Twitter and other social networking sites, though they were outnumbered by critics of his work who turned out en masse to make light of his death.

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“I try to create paintings that are a window for the imagination,” Kinkade said on his website. “If people look at my work and are reminded of the way things once were or perhaps the way they could be, then I’ve done my job.”