Artist Who Died in 2021 from COVID-19

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Art Who Died in 2021

As governments scramble to stem COVID-19 surges caused by the Omicron variant, museums are facing another lockdown.

Harry Brant, socialite and son of major art collector Peter Brant, died on January 19 at age 24.
Milford Graves, a pioneer of free jazz whose assemblages were exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia in 2020 and at Artists Space in 2021, died on February 12 at 79.
Arturo Di Modica, the Italian artist who sculpted the famed Charging Bull statue in New York’s Wall Street, died on February 19 at age 80.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Beat poet, publisher and cofounder of legendary City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, died on February 22 at age 101.
Jeffrey Paley, journalist, gallerist, and collector of Indian miniatures, died on February 27 at age 82. 
Richard Feigen, a renowed collector and art dealer who made his name showing contemporary artists like Francis Bacon, Joseph Cornell and Claes Oldenburg, died on January 29 at age 90. 
David McCabe, a British photographer who chronicled the rise of Andy Warhol’s factory, died on February 26 at age 80.
Donald Sobey, a philanthropist who formed a foundation that now facilitates Canada’s top art award, died on March 24 at age 86. (Pictured: Michel de Broin, Majestic, 2011. The work was donated by Sobey and his wife Beth to the National Gallery of Canada in 2012.)
William T. Wiley, a founder of the Bay Area Funk Art movement and an influential educator, died on April 25 at age 83.
Norman Stone, a San Francisco–based arts patron and collector who was known for his larger-than-life style, died on April 2 at age 82. 
Mary Beth Edelson, a pioneering feminist artist and activist, died on April 20 at 88.
Eric Carle, an author and illustrator behind some of the world’s most famous children’s books, died on May 23 at age 91.
Diego Cortez (at right), a curator who helped launch Jean-Michel Basquiat to fame during the 1980s, died on June 21 at age 74.
Christian Boltanski, a leading French artist known for his meditations on memory and trauma, died on July 14 at age 76.
Hiro, a Japanese fashion photographer celebrated for his innovative approach to the genre, died on August 15 at age 90. (Pictured: Hiro, Black Evening Dress in Flight, New York, 1963.)
Hung Liu, an artist who enacted intimate explorations of identity, gender, and labor in her monumental portraits, died on August 7 at age 73
Michel Laclotte, a former director of the Louvre in Paris who fiercely defended I. M. Pei’s now-iconic glass pyramid, died on August 10 at age 92.
Kaari Upson, a rising Los Angeles–based artist whose widely celebrated sculptures conjured the uncanny, died on August 18 at age 51.
David Finn, a photographer, historian, and public-relations legend, died on October 18 at age 100.
Manuel Neri, a sculptor associated with the Bay Area Figuration Movement, died on October 18 at age 91.
Lawrence Weiner, a godfather of the Conceptual art movement of the 1960s and ’70s, died on December 2 at age 79.
Alvin Lucier, an influentual American experimental composer, died on December 1 at age 90.
Anton Herbert, a Belgian collector who amassed a pioneering collection of Conceptual and Minimalist art, died on December 7 at age 83. (Pictured: Anton Herbert (left with beard) plans “L’Architecte est absent,” 1984, with curators from Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, which hosted the exhibition.)
Jenni Crain, an up-and-coming artist and curator who worked at New York’s Miguel Abreu Gallery as a director, died on December 16 at 30.

Enri Mato is an urban architect and photographer born in 1986 into a family of artists. His father was a sculptor and his mother was a restorer, who worked at the Louvre Museum in Paris. He grew up in Tirana, where he discovered his interest in photography and art at an early age.