When something is lost, connections or clues are sought in order to try and locate it again. The recent passing of significant artists—Dorothea Tanning (1910–2012), Wis?awa Szymborska (1923–2012), Antoni Tapies (1923–2012), Gianfranco Pardi (1933–2012), and Mike Kelley (1954–2012)—is a meaningful loss for contemporary art. These artists’ lineage will inevitably be traced alongside the development of contemporary culture, assigning them responsibility for steering its path. This alignment reveals curious relationships: Szymborska’s poetry to Tanning’s writing later in life; Tanning’s early installation soft sculptures from the ’70s to Mike Kelley’s soft forms found on the cover of Sonic Youth’s 1992 album Dirty.
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