Thursday, August 03, 2006
Jason Rhoades 1965-2006
image: Hauser & Wirth website
We learned on Modern Art Notes of the untimely death of the California artist at the age of 41. And then in the LA Times and on Artnet via a Google news search.
“We are deeply saddened by the apparent passing of Jason Rhoades, an incredibly talented artist. Organism's thoughts and condolences go out to his family and loved ones. He was to have put on a special event, organized by Organism on August 12." (SOURCE: Organism via MAN)
Is the message from venue in Portland, OR where Rhoades was to stage an event that would, “feature a wrestling match involving homeless teenagers wallowing in a plastic pool filled with bath soaps, lotions and sexual lubricants,” with curator Marjorie Myers. (SOURCE: LA Times)
Rhoades had the extremely well bred pedigree of an MFA from UCLA (1993) and studies at Skowhegan among other art schools. (SOURCE: LAT)
He was also a protégé of and later collaborator with Paul McCarthy. (Artnet)
Various reports cite heart failure, although autopsy results are not yet available.
• LA Times Obituary
• Artnet’s report is all the way at the bottom