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December 21, 2004

Ehh, Why Not?

Apparently it's that time of year. So, with nothing much by way of a strict order...

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Henri Cartier-Bresson, 95
Agnes Martin, 92
Leon Golub, 82
Ed Paschke, 65
Marlon Brando, 80
Ray Charles, 73
Johnny Ramone, 55
Rodney Dangerfield, 82
Dirty, 35
Russ Meyer, 82

Honorable Mentions: Spalding Gray, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Jack Paar, Tony Randall, Captain Kangaroo, Jacques Derrida, Rick James

*Update 12/22 (thanks, Cynthia):
Roberta Lieberman, 78
Tom Wesselmann, 73

*Update 12/23 (via MAN):
Anne Truitt, 83

*Update 12/28 (via Modern Kicks):
Susan Sontag, 71

Enough already. Really.

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Rembrandt's Journey at the Art Institute
Byzantium: Faith and Power at the Met
Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate, Millennium Park
Jaume Plensa's Crown Fountain, Millennium Park
August Sander at the Met
Lee Bontecou at the MCA
Strange Days at the MCA
Sharaku actor prints at the Art Institute
Devotion and Splendor: Medieval Art at the Art Institute
Henry Darger at Carl Hammer

Jimbo (busting out all over the place)
Harrington and Fatties from way back when
Barack and Alan

"Ehh, Why Not?"
Posted by Dan at 02:38 AM



How could you forget Ann Miller, Jan Berry, Peter Ustinov, Estee Lauder (without her, there ain't no MOMA expansion, and the Whitney would be on the ropes) Syreeta Wright, Isabel Sanford, Carlos Kleiber, Francis Crick, Russ Meyer, and Robert Merrill?

I'm shocked and dismayed...

Posted by: Zeke on December 21, 2004 at 05:57 PM

Mr Hand (Aloha) does us a great service, kind readers, by demonstrating one of the pitfalls that attend the writing of any such list... namely, the instant kvetching of a peanut gallery content to dwell upon the inevitable lacunae and careless slights.

For what it's worth, Chris, I did not forget Russ Meyer.

Get some new glasses and let's... Play ball!


Posted by: Dan on December 21, 2004 at 10:46 PM

Tom Wesselmann has just died (age 73).

Chicago gallery owner Roberta Lieberman died in February.

Posted by: Fresh Paint on December 22, 2004 at 09:24 AM

That's an oversight...

Roberta Lieberman, 78:

She never set out to be a pillar of the art world. She was born in Chicago, the daughter of Frances and Samuel Brody, who sold linings for fur coats. She grew up in Rogers Park, graduated from Sullivan High School and went to the University of Wisconsin to study art, because she liked it, and to find a husband. She earned a degree there, but met her husband, Richard W. Lieberman, at a wedding.
They married in 1948, and she set up as an interior designer, working from her home. In 1966, she wanted to expand and moved into the coach house behind the South Chicago office of painting contractor Bob Zolla. She realized few people would travel that far to talk about decorating. She and Zolla both loved art and decided the coach house would be better suited as an art gallery.
A major stroke of luck was signing up for an art history course taught at the University of Chicago by Harry Bouras, a power in the Chicago art world. They became friends and hung out in his studio, and he introduced them to artists and dealers. They began to exhibit the work of local and Midwest painters as well as young stars of the New York School.
In 1976, Mrs. Lieberman went to New York and literally cornered dealer Leo Castelli in a stairwell. He agreed to let her show a few of his artists. That first show in 1976 at 368 W. Huron included Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Robert Morris, Donald Judd and other major artists. The third show featured the giant horse sculptures of Deborah Butterfield. It brought attention from critics, artists and collectors, and also began to attract other galleries to the district.
"My mother wanted everybody to be happy when they were at the gallery. She made them feel they were wanted in there, not like most gallery dealers in New York who don't even raise their heads when someone walks in," said her son William, who has worked in the gallery for 20 years and will continue its operation.

Posted by: Dan on December 22, 2004 at 10:13 AM


In my defense - albeit shaky at best. It was late, I was bored, and it seemed like a good idea at the time... On the bright side, I like the concept of being "the peanut gallery." I Might have to change the name of the place.

Lastly, and unfortunately - Baseball Sucks!

Posted by: Zeke on December 22, 2004 at 11:08 AM

Come now, Chris... Don't you know, small market teams will never be able to compete with the big boys.

They have to move the team for the sake of the fans. They have to destroy the team to save it.

And hell, DC's a whole lot closer to Montreal than San Juan.

Posted by: Dan on December 22, 2004 at 11:51 AM


Now you're baiting me. But as one who always rises to the challenge...

Bud Selig is the main and primary reason why George Bush is President. He is the very definition of evil incarnate, and rotting in hell would be too good for him.

Yes, you're right on the geography, but the beaches in DC aren't half as nice. I'm contemplating becoming a curling fan. If you know of any other obscure sports that could use a die-hard fan, let me know.

Oh, and while we're on it, don't get me started about Dick Pound and steroids!

Posted by: Zeke on December 22, 2004 at 03:57 PM


And let me the first to congratulate you on making it into Art in America.

Don't let it go to your head, and remember us little people when you make the cover.

Let go curling!

Posted by: Zeke on December 22, 2004 at 04:05 PM

I'm contemplating becoming a curling fan. If you know of any other obscure sports that could use a die-hard fan, let me know.

And with the NHL work stoppage in effect too, what else is left for you poor hosers up north? CFL Football (football americain)? Looks like you've got a quality squad in the Montreal Alouettes.

Posted by: Dan on December 22, 2004 at 04:41 PM

As regards Art in America, thanks, although I'd prefer to wait to see it myself before I go about losing all perspective here.

>Let go curling!

You bring the rock, I'll pack some brooms.

Posted by: Dan on December 22, 2004 at 04:48 PM

Referenced in this post:

Art Institute of Chicago: Actor Prints by Toshusai Sharaku
Art Institute of Chicago: Devotion and Splendor: Medieval Art at the Art Institute
Art Institute of Chicago: Rembrandt's Journey
Artblog.net: dying, but everywhere
Guardian: Leon Golub—Jon Bird
Guardian: Obituary: Henri Cartier-Bresson—Andrew Robinson
Guardian: Punk legend Johnny Ramone dies
Iconoduel: Ehh, Why Not?—Comment 3
Iconoduel: Ehh, Why Not?—Comment 4
Iconoduel: Farewell, Mr. Darger
Iconoduel: I'll Keep This Brief
Iconoduel: James Elkins on Our Moribund Critical Discourse
Iconoduel: Obama
Iconoduel: Oh My Golly: or What a gas it was to see them
Iconoduel: Paschke in the Dailies
Iconoduel: Strange Days at the MCA
Iconoduel: We've Lost Another
KWSnet Weblog: New York Times: Leon Golub, Painter on a Heroic Scale, Dies at 82—Holland Cotter
Keyhole Community: Cloud Gate
Los Angeles Times: Agnes Martin, 92; Abstract Painter Won the Golden Lion—Christopher Knight
Modern Art Notes: 2004 Top Ten
Modern Art Notes: Anne Truitt, Dead at 83
Modern Kicks: Susan Sontag
Museum of Contemporary Art: Media Releases—Lee Bontecou: A Retrospective
NEWSgrist: Susan Sontag Dies at 71
New York Times: Arts: Cartier-Bresson, Artist Who Used Lens, Dies at 95—Michael Kimmelman
New York Times: Obituaries: Cartier-Bresson, Who Photographed the 'Decisive Moment,' Dies—Michael Kimmelman
New York Times: Tom Wesselmann, 73, Pop Artist Known for Sleek Nudes, Is Dead—Roberta Smith
News From the Met: 'People of the Twentieth Century': August Sander's Photographic Portrait of Germany
News From the Met: Dazzling Byzantine Treasures Displayed in Major International Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum, Opening March 2004
Rachelleb.com: Crown Fountain @ Millennium Park
Renew America: About Alan Keyes
Washington Post: Influential Abstract Painter Agnes Martin Dies at 92—Matt Schudel
Wikipedia: Ol' Dirty Bastard