artworldAlain Kirili 1946-2021
Thursday, May 20th, 2021

Le Commandeur: Tribute to Alain Kirili, 1946-2021


Photograph of Alain Kirili by his wife, Ariane Lopez-Huici, posted to her Instragram page announcing the sculptor's passing.

Photograph of Alain Kirili by his wife, Ariane Lopez-Huici, posted to her Instragram page announcing the sculptor’s passing.

This panel discussion, recorded the day after Alain Kirili received the insignia of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French government in his New York loft, was both a tribute to that achievement, shared with the artist at the time, and a tribute to a great friend of artcritical and a major force in contemporary sculpture marking his death earlier this week at the age of 74. The diverse job descriptions of our panelists reflect the important roles Kirili played in different spheres, as a patron of free jazz, as a scholar in the history of sculpture, as an artist and a friend. My guests are Michael Attis, musician; Maria Mitchell, dancer; Dorothea Rockburne, painter; and Barry Schwabsky, art critic, poet and editor. In addition to this video, artcritical salutes Alain Kirili with two archived posts brought to our front page: an interview with the artist from 2018 by Mary Jones (where he made an early public acknowledgement of his battle with leukemia) and a review of an exhibition of iron works from Rouen at Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation from two years earlier.  DAVID COHEN


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