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Artist Steven Criqui (1964–2007)

Steven Criqui, an artist who tested the boundaries between painting and photography in his work, using Southern California's coffee shops, gas stations and other small businesses as his subjects, has died at age forty-three, reports the Los Angeles Times' Mary Rourke. Criqui, who was a lecturer on the faculty of UC, Irvine, died March 4 of complications from cancer at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. With a historian's interest in what he called the “built environment,” including the bungalows, strip-mall buildings, and small gas stations of earlier eras, Criqui captured Los Angeles “in all its blank, sun-bleached, abject beauty,” Christopher Knight wrote in a 2004 Los Angeles Times review of the artist's work. Criqui was represented in Los Angeles by Susanne Vielmetter and taught at several universities, including UCLA. He joined the Irvine faculty as a lecturer in the mid-1990s.