Obituary: Color Pioneer Marie Cosindas, 93

Posted by on Thursday June 1, 2017 | Obituary

Asparagus II, 1967. © Estate of Marie Cosindas, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY

Marie Cosindas, who earned fame and recognition in the 1960’s for her still lifes and color portraits, has died. She was 93, Art News reports.

Born in Boston in 1923, Cosindas studied at the Modern School of Fashion Design in the 1950s and took drawing and painting classes at the Bostom Museum School. She later became interested in photography and studied with Ansel Adams.

In 1962, Cosindas began working with Polaroid’s new Polacolor film, becoming one of the first artists to use it. She had her first solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1966. According to ArtNews, she was only the fifth female photographer to have a solo exhibition at MoMA.

During her career, Cosindas received a Guggenheim grant, a Rockefeller grant and honorary degrees from several arts colleges among other accolades.

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