Dennis Adrian, the art historian, critic, educator, curator, collector, and tastemaker whose championing of Chicago art helped introduce the city’s postwar artists to an international audience, has died at eighty years old. He is survived by his partner, the curator Richard A. Born. In addition to formerly serving as assistant curator of prints and drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, Adrian authored many books, including The Chicago Imagist Print (1987) and Chicago Imagism: A 25 Year Survey (1994), as well as monographs on H.C. Westermann, Ed Paschke, and Roger Brown.
Born in Astoria,