PRINT November 2001


Sidney Tillim

SIDNEY TILLIM WAS BORN on June 16, 1925, and died on August 16, 2001, in New York City. He was an artist of great inventiveness, skill, and intelligence; one of the most stimulating critics of American art in the 1960s, when he was a writer and editor at Artforum, and again in the '80s, when he returned to prominence; and an extraordinary and much-loved teacher (he was on the faculty at Bennington College from 1966 to 1993). He saw himself, not inaccurately, as a survivor from a time when art was an obsession, not a profession from which one expected to get rich or even make a living. At the same time, in the midst of a flourishing art world, he resented—rightly, in my view—his lack of commercial and critical success; but this was only an aspect of his insistence on living in the present. His strong aesthetic and political values paradoxically helped him stay open to any and all

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