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Jeremy Blake (1971–2007)

Jeremy Blake, an artist who sought to bridge the worlds of painting and film in lush, color-saturated, hallucinatory digital-video works, has died at age thirty-five, reports Randy Kennedy for the New York Times. Paul J. Browne, the NYPD's chief spokesman, said that a body found by a fisherman July 22 in the waters off Sea Girt, New Jersey, had been identified as that of Blake. The cause of death was presumed to be suicide. Blake was reported missing on July 17, when his clothes and wallet were found on a beach in the Rockaways, in Queens. A bystander reported that she saw a man disrobing that evening and walking out into the surf. Blake’s companion of a dozen years, Theresa Duncan, forty, a writer, filmmaker, and former video-game designer, had committed suicide a week earlier, on July 10, and Blake found her body in their apartment, according to friends of the couple. The police said that a note found on the beach with his belongings made reference to Duncan’s death. A new work in progress by Blake called Glitterbest, a collaboration with the musician and designer Malcolm McLaren, was to have been shown in an exhibition of Blake’s work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington in late October. Older pieces scheduled for the exhibition will be shown, the gallery said, but the status of the new project is uncertain. Jonathan P. Binstock, the exhibition’s curator and a former curator of contemporary art at the Corcoran, said the gallery would try to “present as full a picture as possible of this work.”