Dearly Departed: Acknowledging Art Figures Who Died In 2017

Khadija Saye, young photographer who tragically died in Grenfell fire

Dearly Departed: 2017 has been a momentous year with a first-rate Documenta and Venice Biennale. The year introduced us to a number of new emerging artists as well as the sad reality of losing some of the great talents of our generation both young and old.  Here are some of the Artists and Art World Figures we have lost in the past year.


John Berger

John Berger, art critic and Booker-Prize winning author died aged 90. Best known for his essay on art criticism ‘Ways of Seeing’.

Antony Armstrong-Jones,dies,obituary
Lord Snowdon

Lord Snowdon (born Antony Armstrong-Jones), photographer and former husband of Princess Margaret


Jannis Kounellis Dies Age 80
Jannis Kounellis

Jannis Kounellis, Artist best known for his association with the Arte Povera movement


Gustav Metzger Dies
Gustav Metzger

Gustav Metzger – creator of auto-destructive art

Sir Howard Hodgkin RA, artist known for his colourful abstracts. Had major exhibitions this year at National Portrait Gallery and The Hepworth, Wakefield.

Trisha Brown, artist and New York choreographer associated with the downtown New York visual arts scene in the 1960s and 1970s.


Pop Artist James Rosenquist
Pop Artist James Rosenquist

James Rosenquist,  first wave pioneer of US Pop Art

Glenn O’Brien, NY art journalist


Barkley Hendricks, African American black power painter and photographer

Vito Acconci Performance Artist Dies
Vito Acconci

Vito Acconci, New York-born, Brooklyn-based conceptual and performance artist


A R Penck Dies Age 77
A R Penck Dies Age 77

AR Penck, German painter known for his pictographic neo-primitivist style


Khadija Saye (July 30th 1992 – June 14th 2017)
Khadija Saye

Khadija Saye, young photographer who tragically died in Grenfell fire 


Danie LaRue Johnson, artist known for his assemblage, Hard Edge abstraction and minimalist sculpture included in Tate Modern’s Soul of A Nation exhibition


Martin Roth V&A Director Dies
Martin Roth

Dr Martin Roth, former Director V&A


Pierre Berge with Yves Saint Laurent in1985
Pierre Berge with Yves Saint Laurent in 1985

Pierre Berge, leading figure of France’s cultural elite

David Shepherd, wildlife painter

Bernard Dunstan RA, painter

Edward Allington (1951–2017) Sculptor/Educator


Ralph Turner, curator, writer and exhibition organiser, former Director of exhibitions at Craft Council

David Marks, architect who designed London Eye and the British Airways i360 tower on Brighton seafront


Trevor Bell, modern St Ives artist noted for his large-scale and irregular canvases


Tim Hunt, curator of the Andy Warhol Foundation

Jon Naar, photographer

Enrico Castellani, Italian painter associated with the zero movement and Azimuth.

Tim Rollins
Tim Rollins (Centre)

Tim Rollins, artist and co-founder Manhattan group Art Material