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February 12, 2013

Ex-Hartwick exhibitor dies at 89

Richard Artschwager, a critically acclaimed painter and sculptor who lectured and exhibited his work at Hartwick College in Oneonta, has died in Albany at age 89.

His death came shortly after he suffered a stroke, his wife told The New York Times. It came just a week after a major exhibit of his work closed at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

Artschwager’s work mixed genres, such as Pop Art and Minimalism, and he created his own form of abstraction that he called “blp.” His work is part of the permanent collections at numerous museums worldwide, including Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Art Institute of Chicago.

A spokeswoman for Hartwick confirmed that he was a guest lecturer and exhibitor, but she was unable to provide dates for his presence on campus orfor when his work was exhibited.

Artschwager was born in Washington, D.C., to a German father and Ukrainian mother. He lived in Hudson in Columbia County.

He he studied chemistry and mathematics at Cornell University, earning a bachelor’s degree from the Ithaca school before turning to art.

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