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Alessandro Mendini dies at the age of 87

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Within 24 hours two great artists have died shortly after each other. Yesterday, Karl Lagerfeld died and this morning i learned that the architect of the Groninger Museum and the founder of the Studio Alchemia mouvement has died 24 hours before. I am a great fan of Mendini and in the Nineties i was glad to hear that he was chosen to be the architect of the Groninger Museum. Since i have visited the museum numerous times and i am always impressed with the wealth of details within this great Mendini building.

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Allessandro Mendini, a greart multidisciplined artist , but above all a friendly, kind personality. 16th august 1931 – 18th February 2019

Some of Mendini’s publications are availabel at

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Co Westerik ( 1924-2018) dies at the age of 94.

Yesterday morning the family of Co Westerik announced the death of this great dutch painter. His works are present in practically every large dutch museum and some admiring collectors ( the late Frits Becht ao) managed to buy more than average numbers of paintings from him and that is quite an accomplishment since his production was low…..extremely LOW. In many a year he managed to complete only as few as 3 paintings, making his work a rare work to add to a collection. It was different with his prints and drawings, because here his production was “normal”. One quality all his works have in common……it is the extreme detail and craftsmanship that make his works of high quality and stand out from the rest. At the time i worked at the Gemeentemuseum  i met the artist on several occasions, but i only remember that i spoke to his representatives concerning catalogue and postcard productions. Even on these occasion he was highly (rightfully) concerned about the result. But in the end he had the publication as he had visualized it. The costs did not matter to him….the result did. has many titles available on Co Westerik.

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Vito Acconci (1940-2017)


Source: Blouin Art info

The performance artist and designer Vito Acconci has passed away. yesterday.

He was 77 years old.

Details of are still emerging, but it is believed that the cause of his death was a stroke. The news was first broken on Instagram by writer, curator, and collector, Kenny Schachter, a friend of the artist who has shown his work.

Acconci was born January 24, 1940, in Bronx, New York. He first came to prominence in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s as part of the underground art scene in lower Manhattan. He is perhaps best known for his provocative performance work from this period, such as his infamous 1971 piece, “Seedbed,” in which he laid under a concealed wooden stage at Sonnebend Gallery and masturbated while uttering sexual fantasies about the visitors walking above him.

The artist continued to work steadily up until his death. Last year, a survey of his influential works from the 1970s, titled “VITO ACCONCI: WHERE WE ARE NOW (WHO ARE WE ANYWAY?),” was shown at MoMA PS1.

for publications on Acconci see