Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Felipe Ehrenberg, RIP

Mexican conceptual artist Felipe Ehrenberg died yesterday of a heart attack at the age of seventy-three. Ehrenberg co-founded the Beau Geste Press with his wife Martha Hellion and artist David Mayor. In addition to numerous artists' books and catalogues, they published the artists' periodical Schmuck, which was the subject of a series of posts here, last week and the week before (see hashtag below).

The press ceased operation and Ehrenberg returned to Mexico in the mid-seventies, moving to Xico, a small town in the state of Veracruz. He began creating sociopolitical art and joined the los grupos movement. He worked as a professor at the Universidad Veracruzana, and received Fulbright and Guggenheim scholarships. From 2001 to 2006, he served as the cultural attaché to Brazil.

A retrospective dedicated to the press's output continues at the CAPC in Bordeaux, France, until the 28th of this month.

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