Famed Painter and Animator Suzan Pitt Dies at 75


Legendary artist, designer and animator Suzan Pitt, identified worldwide for her trailblazing, surreal and avant-garde animated shorts, installations, work and painted by hand coats, has handed away from most cancers at age 75.

In an Instagram put up made yesterday, her daughter-in-law, Laura Kraning, wrote, “We’re so sorry to report the very unhappy information that our expensive Suzan Pitt handed away yesterday morning at her residence in New Mexico. She was very non-public about her sickness however she would need you all to know the way a lot you all meant to her. Her son, Blue Kraning, and I thanks to your friendship and kindness throughout this very tough time. She will probably be missed by so many.”

Pitt is well-known within the animation world for her seminal shorts, together with Asparagus (1979), Pleasure Road (1995) and El physician (2006), which gained quite a few worldwide awards and appeared in numerous curated applications. The Academy Movie Archive has preserved a lot of her works together with Asparagus, Pleasure Road, Whitney Industrial, Bowl, Backyard, Theatre, Marble Recreation and Crocus. Earlier this month, in a June third ceremony, Pitt was honored in Zagreb with the Animafest 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. The competition additionally hosted a style occasion at Kranjčar Gallery, that included an exhibition and sale of 10 one-of-a-kind, hand-painted coats made well-known by Patricia Subject, the enduring stylist identified for her work on Intercourse and the Metropolis. The competition additionally screened a retrospective of Pitt’s best movies, programmed by Mark Toscano from the archives of the Academy of Movement Image Arts & Sciences.

Initially from Kansas Metropolis, Pitt lived and labored in Europe, Mexico and the U.S. Her prolific profession spanned many years; her distinctive, summary designs and deeply intimate portrayals of girls, sexuality and the foibles of latest society, in addition to humanity’s exploitation of nature, had been widespread themes in a various physique of labor that included manufacturing of quite a few animated movie tasks, massive murals and multimedia installations; designing animated objects for 2 German operas (Damnation of Faust and The Magic Flute); and creation of hand-painted coats, beginning within the 1980s, that shortly grew to become vastly coveted within the style world.

Her work adorn quite a few non-public in addition to public collections, together with the Museum of Fashionable Artwork in New York, The Walker Artwork Heart in Minneapolis and the Ludwig Museum in Germany; her artwork has been exhibited on the Whitney Museum of American Arts, the Stedlijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Venice Biennale. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship in addition to three Nationwide Endowment of the Arts manufacturing grants, Pitt additionally taught experimental animation at Cal Arts and Harvard College, the place she was an Affiliate Professor. 

Go to Pitt’s web site for an in depth number of her prolific and thought-provoking physique of labor.

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