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Notable: Hans Breder Passes Away at 81

In Photographer on June 25, 2017 at 11:00 am

Breder at Danziger Gallery, 2016

As life moves forward, the beauty that evolves with one more day must unfortunately come to an end. Such is the case of artist Hans Breder, who recently passed away at the age of 81. New York’s James Danziger – of Danziger Gallery – was privileged to work with Breder, and consequently wrote a lovely memoriam in remembrance.

Born in Germany,  Breder moved to the United States in 1964 and settled in Iowa where he founded the University of Iowa’s pioneering Intermedia department blending performance and media art.  A photographer, painter, sculptor, and conceptual artist, Breder influenced countless artists and exhibited in three Whitney Biennials.

We were privileged to get to know Hans and the gallery was proud to exhibit his work – first as a solo show at Paris Photo in 2015 and then with a show to open our Rivington Street gallery in 2016.  From these shows work was acquired by the Getty Museum, the Whitney, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and The Milwaukeee Art Museum, as well as numerous important private collections.

Breder was indeed a force of nature.  I saw him a month ago in Iowa City and although he had been ill earlier in the year, he was full of vigor as we planned future shows, went our for an Italian dinner, and a shared love of Lambrusco. This past weekend I received the news from Hans’ associate Candida Pagan notifying me that Hans had gone to the hospital and was in hospice care.  She wrote: “For someone who has considered thresholds and liminal spaces throughout his life, this is an important moment.”  I am sure this is how Hans considered it.

More about Hans Breder can be found on Danziger Gallery’s website.

For More Information: Danziger Gallery

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