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    Walter De Maria Dies at 77

    Maria, Walter De; US-American artist; born 1.10.1935 in Albany (California).-"Walter de Maria, Hamburg 1968".-(Walter De Maria with his Land Art piece "Sphinx", Kunstverein Hamburg, 1968). Photo by Angelika Platen (born 1942). From a series of portraits of artists. 

Walter De Maria w.'Sphinx'/ Photo Platen

Maria, Walter De, US-American artist,
born 1.10.1935 in Albany (California).
- 'Walter de Maria, Hamburg 1968'. -
(Walter De Maria with his Land Art piece
'Sphinx', Kunstverein Hamburg, 1968).
Photo by Angelika Platen (born 1942).
From a series of portraits of artists.
 (Newscom TagID: akgphotos166996.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

    Angelika Platen/Newscom

    Legendary minimalist artist and sculptor Walter De Maria died Thursday of a stroke at the age of 77. The California native’s most famous work, The Lightning Field, consists of 400 steel poles embedded in a grid in the New Mexico desert. While he never gained widespread attention—De Maria detested photos of himself and rarely gave interviews—critics applauded his large-scale works as daring and intelligent. The Dia Art Foundation, a group that he worked with for most of his career, has called him “one of the greatest artists of our time.”

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