02/03/2014 09:57 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Rene Ricard

Artist, poet, writer and art critic Rene Ricard has died. Rene was frighteningly smart and brutally honest. If he liked your work, it meant a lot.

Many people cared about Rene, but some artists and their families were devoted to him... the Clementes, the Schnabels, and the Mardens come to mind.

Every Rene encounter was a reminder of how truly remarkable he really was.

His death is a huge loss. RIP, Rene Ricard.

This portrait was taken on March 24th, 1982 for my "Art Critics" series. That Rene loved it always meant a lot to me.


Photo © Timothy Greenfield-Sanders