I am very sad to learn that French-born, New York City based artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois has passed away today from a heart attack at the age of 98, according to NY Times ArtsBeat Blog. Back in 2008, Geoffrey and I were fortunate to see Louise’s amazing career retrospective at the Guggenheim and we were both completely blown away by the breadth and diversity of her work and the magnitude of her talent. What a fantastic lady she must have been to know. At least she had a good, long life and left us a stunning legacy of her life’s work. Rest in peace Madam.
Groundbreaking American Artist Andy Warhol passed away on this day, February 22nd, in 1987. He was 58 years old. I recall that on that day, I was at a Julian Cope show at Club Lingerie in Hollywood when Copey announced from the stage between songs, “I just thought of something: Andy Warhol’s dead.” I was bootlegging the show so I have that on tape if I am ever asked to prove it. Andy died on the operating table in the midst of gallbladder surgery. Andy Warhol was one of the most original and visionary modern artists ever and is probably my favorite artist to this day. I still miss him.