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Willoughby Sharp

Willoughby Sharp, a vital force in America’s postwar art world as a writer, curator, publisher, artist, and teacher, died on December 17, aged seventy-two. Artforum asked Liza Béar, who met Sharp in 1968 and shortly thereafter founded the magazine Avalanche with him, and artist Hans Haacke, who participated in several exhibitions Sharp organized, to mark his passing with their thoughts and reminiscences.

Avalanche headquarters at 93 Grand Street, New York, ca. 1973. Foreground, from left: Liza Béar and Willoughby Sharp. Background, from left: Alfonia Tims, Barry Ledoux, Christopher Lethbridge. Photo: Cosmos.

LIZA BÉAR

New York, November 8, 1968

Nixon has been elected. The CBS News Election Unit keeps a few of us expats on to do the recounts. Catapulted from London’s 1960s counterculture on my first spin across the United States, I have to do an errand before I return. An English friend in the “Air Art” show wants me to pick up his film from Willoughby Sharp.

The downtown 1 train takes me from my crash pad near Columbia to West Eighteenth Street. In my Carnaby Street threads I brave the

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