Heir Apparent to King Heny Moore,Sir Anthony Caro, European Heavyweight Champon of I- Beam arrangement and Re-Contextualiser of Greco-Roman Classicim passed two days ago. To those who knew and loved his ponderous works, light with dry humour, the Maestro will be remembered with reverence, and missed. peace, love, JHH.
I first met Ronald Shannon Jackson at the old Knitting Factory next to Tommy Milanos in th '80's. This amazingly charismatic and poweful musician seemed indestructable. He gave me the shirt off his back, washed out and ragged now, I never imagined it would outlive him. Born the same year as me, he died of leukemia yesterday. Here's a little bit of youtube, how did we live without it? http://youtu.be/Pij4t9zKa8g
Yesterday, George, my next-door neighbour died. A man not to be taken lightly, he spoke with thoughtful, weighted words. A bit of a poet. Seamus Heaney died as well. I hope they get to meet, I think they would have a lot to say to each other.
I first met Roy over lunch in the early ‘80’s when I was a tourist overstay through a mutual collector. He gave me the keys to his studio in the Chelsea Hotel, paint, canvas and a friendship that has sustained the idea of the kindness of strangers to this day. He introduced me to the illustration that allowed my survival and Joan who became my Rep and later my wife. Roy shared a love of obscure artists, discordant jazz, redheads and a distain of the unoriginal - Peace, love, John.