Obituaries

Jan Hoet, pugnacious Belgian museum director, has died, aged 77

Founder of SMAK in Ghent and director of Documenta IX didn't pull his punches

Published online: 27 February 2014

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Friends remember Arthur Danto at Columbia University

Memorial service for the art critic and philosopher held in New York

Published online: 07 February 2014

Maurice Garnier has died, aged 93

A Paris dealer with a 60-year obsession with Picasso’s rival, Bernard Buffet

Published online: 31 January 2014

Art collector and political fundraiser extraordinaire, Alistair McAlpine has died, aged 71

Born in the Dorchester Hotel, which his father owned, Lord McAlpine knew how to enjoy the good things in life and he was a devoted supporter of Margaret Thatcher

Published online: 19 January 2014

George Ortiz, a controversial collector of antiquities, died aged 86

His defenders saw him as a connoisseur with a brilliant eye but his detractors could never forgive his willingness to buy artefacts without provenance

Published online: 29 November 2013

Arthur C. Danto, philosopher and art critic, has died, aged 89

He answered the question "what is art" but also declared its end

Published online: 26 October 2013

 

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Jan Hoet v Dennis Bellone

Jan Hoet, the Belgian museum director who has just died, takes to the ring against an artist and much younger opponent in 1999