Exactly one week ago artist Al Held passed away at his home in Umbrian countryside of Italy. The painter was found dead in the swimming pool by his gardener. The Chicago Tribune ran the AP story, and Fresh Paint picked it up. Artforum sports a well-hidden link and the crass headline is from Artnet’s tiny obituary crammed at the bottom of a news brief.
What are the rules of obit coverage? Is this a little? A lot? Average? None of the articles featured any images of his work, and were mainly just the AP story. While not a major artist in the "Janson of History of Art" sense, nor the big-name gossip sense, Al Held is of stature and significance. Enter Art or Idiocy? to provide a brief discussion of his work and a nice image.
Al Held, with Michele R. Heinrici from the Robert Miller Gallery at his exhibition Expanding Pictures: the Recent Paintings of Al Held at Boston University
- "Scientists talk about vast worlds and universes that the senses cannot experience. The purpose of the nonobjective artist is to create these images."
Variations on a theme:AP Al Held story v1.0 • AP Al Held Story v1.1