But I wanted to focus here on a few wonderful artists who have left behind some work which will live on forever. Artists like painter Andrew Wyeth, mixed media artist Janice Lowry, photographer Irving Penn and Jean Claude.
I leared about Janice Lowry from reading the blog by the publisher of Stampington magazines, Jenny Doh. Since I'm new to mixed media art, I missed many years of Janice's art being published in Jenny's magazines. Jenny Doh made a video in tribute to Janice and posted it on her blog. Click here to see it.
Janice wrote, painted and collaged art journals for the past 30 years. The Smithsonian has the entire 126 volume collection on file. These photo's are courtsey of an article about Janice published in The Smithsonian Magazine in October of this year. You can read it in it's entirety here. Janice kept a studio in Santa Ana, CA and primarily did assemblage. She was very much a part of the local art coummity and influenced many in the mixed media world. May she rest in peace in her giant art studio in the great beyond.
A master of photography, Irving Penn also passed over this year. Maybe you don't know his name, but I bet you recognize a few of his photographs.
Irving Penn once said, "A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective." See more of his incredible photographs here.
You've probably heard of the environmental artist, Christo, but did you know his wife was his equal partner and created most of Christ's famous work right along with him? Jeanne-Claude was married to Christo soon after they met in 1958. Wikipedia says,"The purpose of their art, they contend, is simply to create works of art or joy and beauty and to create new ways of seeing familiar landscapes."
I first became aware of their art from the Umbrella installation.
Here is, "The Gates," which was seen in Central Park in NYC in 2005.
Here is the,"Wrapped Fence," in Sonoma and Marin Counties, CA in 1972-1976.
Here are,"The Surrounded Islands," in Miami, FL in 1982.
But we also lost some great writers like: William Safire, Dominick Dunne, Marilyn French and John Updike. The music world lost folk singer Mary Travers, punk rocker Jim Carroll, jazz drummer Louie Bellson and guitarist Les Paul. In radio, Paul Harvey, died this year and in TV, Don Hewitt of "60 Minutes," fame, passed away.
A few others include: Corazon Aquino, John Hughes, Marilyn Chambers, Horton Foote, Karl Malden, Henry Gibson, Bea Arthur, Natasha Richardson, Ron Silver, James Whitmore, Soupy Sales, Ricardo Montalban, Jennifer Jones, young Brittany Murphy and Roy Disney.
This listing is hardly a complete list and I apologize to anyone I offended by leaving out one of your favorite celebrities.
What are you leaving being after your death? How will you be remembered?