Sunday, June 6, 2010

Two Centuries

I wanted to make a quick post for a couple of very different and very sad RIPs.

First of all, Louise Bourgeois has died at the age of 98. I feel very lucky to have had the chance to hear Karen Finley discussing her work at the Guggenheim retrospective a couple of years ago. Granted, Bourgeois lived a nice long, full life, but she was a goddess in the American art scene, and her passing marks the end of an era.

The other one comes as a great shock to me. Designer Tobias Wong, who was truly brilliant and only 35 years old, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment from what is being labeled a suicide. I discovered his work by way of one of my absolute favorite groups of designers, CITIZEN: Citizen. His was some of the best work they featured, because it consistently broke all the rules and even caused a good deal of controversy. A great conceptual artist/ designer has been lost to us.

--Photo courtesy Centre Pompidou.
Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010)

--Photos courtesy CITIZEN: Citizen.
Tobias Wong (1974-2010)

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