Thursday, June 3, 2010

Michael Tanzer. A shout-out.

We want to take a moment to recognize that June 3rd would have been TBWCYL, Inc. spokesperson Ben Tanzer's father Michael Tanzer's sixty-ninth birthday. He was a great artist and mostly unrecognized during his lifetime. With that in mind, we draw your attention to not only a piece we wrote about him titled PaintWriteDeathLifeArt (Sketches from a life in art), that ran in decomP back in 2007, and is briefly excerpted below, but an academic article about his life and work as well, which is titled Michael Tanzer: An Artist Searching for His Routes by the late UCLA art historian and long-time family friend Albert Boime.

"My father Michael Tanzer was a lot of things. Painter. Teacher. Activist. Raconteur. Filmmaker. New Yorker. High-school dropout. Tough guy. He was also a man who had regrets, someone who died much too young from a twisted form of cancer, an artist who never quite achieved what he hoped to, and a guy who never cried, not until the end anyway."


Jason Fisk said...

I really enjoyed the decomP piece, and this post.

Pete said...

You know, as many times as you and I have talked about your dad, this is the first time I've seen any of his art. Lovely work indeed!