photo: Gerard Malanga
On September 27th, Nathan Gluck passed away at the age of 90. I was sad to hear it. As our mutual friend Luis shared the news with me, calling from California (where Nathan had been residing the last few years), the two of us went from solemn resignation to laughter as we recounted story after story after story. It struck us that neither of us had a single bad memory of Nathan, just hundreds of vibrant, clearly unforgettable ones — which we were more than happy to pull up and re-visit over and over. Not only was he unforgettable, but he was also the type of person you never wanted to forget. Especially now.
Steven Heller has written a current piece about Nathan for the AIGA here, and a smaller write-up here. Luis de Jesus has written about Nathan here. You can read an erratic but fun interview I did with Nathan for my website way back in 2000, here. As more becomes available I’ll post it.
Bye Nathan, thanks for the recollections, the laughs, the perspective, the wisdom…and the mental rolodex of unflappable one-liners.
Memorial services for Nathan Gluck will be held in New York (Sunday, October 26th, 4:00 p.m., The West End Synagogue, 190 Amsterdam Avenue at 69th Street — behind Lincoln Center) and San Diego (Sunday, November 2nd, 2:00 p.m., at the Athenaeum of Music and Arts Library, Rotunda Gallery, 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037), where his current exhibition of collages, titled Limited Time Offer continues through November 8.
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