I just found this out. Nan Hoover, a blindingly brilliant artist, fiercely dedicated teacher and vigilant supporter of young artists died in Berlin on June 9th. She was 77.
The last time I saw her was in Düsseldorf where she let me stay in her wacky circular studio. Her contributions and influence, her footprint as it were, on that city’s Düsseldorf Kunstakademie was palatable and she was worshiped by her students.
Her further influence on the medium and history is best paraphrased on her memorial website by the director of the Netherlands Media Art Institute, Heiner Holtappels:
“Dear Nan, you were one of the most important international pioneers of video and performance art. You came to Amsterdam for a vacation, fell in love with the city and decided to stay. With your video art you revealed the beauty of light, stillness and time.
You have left us with the memories of your spontaneity, your warmth and sharp eye for the work of your colleagues and students - and of course your oeuvre, preserved in museums and many collections.”
If you wish to sign the condolence register proceed to: