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Rosemarie Castoro (1939–2015)

According to her gallery Broadway 1602 in New York, the artist Rosemarie Castoro has died. Castoro was a central figure among New York Minimalist artists and one of the few highly recognized women working in this milieu. Born in Brooklyn, she received a BFA from Pratt Institute in 1963. During her school years she also collaborated with modern dance pioneer Yvonne Rainer. She was known for her paintings but also more recently her work in sculpture.

Throughout her career Castoro both taught and lectured at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Syracuse University; University of Colorado; Pratt Institute; and Hunter College. Her work is the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey; the University Art Museum, Berkeley; and the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris; among other venues.

She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1971 and grants from the NY State Council on the Arts in 1972 and 1973, the National Endowment for the Arts in 1975 and 1985, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 1989 and 1998.

A statement released today by her gallery noted that “she was acutely aware that women artists working in a formalist style milieu were not spared the gender-based dismissal of the time,” even while she remained “strictly dedicated to her non-representational abstract style of work.”

Anke Kempkes, the dealer releasing the statement, noted, “Rosemarie Castoro will be deeply missed by her family, friends, colleagues and collaborators of all generations. A very uniquely gifted, visionary, generous, gentle, elegant and warm-hearted person has left us.”