Passings: Lew Thomas, Pioneer of Conceptual Photography, Dies at 88

By David Schonauer   Thursday September 16, 2021

Lew Thomas, an artist whose photographic experiments created new possibilities for Conceptual art, has died at 88, reports Art News. Thomas’s work was undergirded by his studies in structural linguistics, as well as his own observations of his daughter’s speech development. “His art, in essence, was a meticulous pursuit of creating pictorial responses to structuralism, highlighting how words’ meanings are formed through their relationship with other words,” adds Art News. In 1997, former Berkeley Art Museum director Larry Rinder called Thomas “one of the most important and yet least known of contemporary Bay Area artists.”

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