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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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