Bill Wilson (1932-2016)

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Bill Wilson (1932-2016)

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Heavy heart-- Today I learned of the passing of my dear friend Bill, better known to many followers of his work as William S. Wilson. If you were lucky enough to know him, you understand what a great loss this is. Love to our mutual friends.

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William S. Wilson

William S. Wilson, born in Baltimore, 1932, was graduated with Honors in Philosophy of Science from the University of Virginia, then went on to Yale University where he received an M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature. He has taught at Queens College, Columbia University, The Cooper Union, and the School of Visual Arts. He has lectured on Eva Hesse at the Jeu de Paume, Tate Modern, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the College Art Association. His novel Birthplace: moving into nearness, was nominated for a Pen-Faulkner Award. He has received an N.E.A. art-writer’s grant of $10,000.00, and a $40,000.00 Warhol Foundation Grant, 2012, for a book about the life and art of Ray Johnson.

source: http://www.rayjohnsonestate.com/research/archive

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Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 3, 2016 at 4:46pm

In April 2010 I met Bill Wilson in New York, when I visited him together with John Held Jr.  We had a wonderful time and he showed us the many collections he treasured and had stories to tell about.

I got in contact with Bill Wilson because he was researching the artist Mondrian, and he was looking for information from a dutch perspective. So I tried to help a bit and a corrsepondence started that was always full with informations.  Today on Facebook I read that he died just hours ago, and it touches me since he was such a nice man, a man with many stories, and someone who didn't placed himself in the center but was constantly researching all the things he encountered.

He also sent me many lovely books, letters, interesting articles, so a wealth of information I always enjoyed receiving. In the larger network he was a crucial source of information. He also wrote a lot of things down. So it is very sad to know he isn't there anymore. Such a wonderful man.

 

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