August 12, 2006

Richard Mock Dies at 61

by worker
This obit glosses over the fact that Mock was a frequent contributor to the radical press, and his work appeared on many covers of 'Fifth Estate' and
'Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed'.
Richard Mock, Sculptor, Painter and Editorial
Cartoonist, 61, Dies

Richard Mock, a painter and sculptor whose interest in politics led to a second career as an editorial cartoonist, died on July 28 in Brooklyn, where he
lived. He was 61.

His death followed a long illness, said his companion, Roberta Waddell, curator of prints at the New York Public Library.

[AJODA will never be the same.]

Mr. Mock was a lifelong painter whose work ranged from a cartoonish, politically charged Neo-Expressionism through portraiture and self-portraiture to bright, paint-laden abstractions. But he was best known for the satiric linocut illustrations on social and political issues that appeared on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times from 1980 to 1996, in other New York-based newspapers and in worldwide publications.

Notable for their sharp wit and bold, black-on-white forms, these linoleum prints reflected the influence of the German Expressionist Max Beckmann (1884-1950)
and the Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada(1852-1913).

In the late 1990’s, Mr. Mock’s social commentary segued into three dimensions with his “Money Lures” sculpture series, which consisted of large fishing lures made of commercially shredded American currency.

Born in Long Beach, Calif., in 1944, Mr. Mock learned lithography and block printing at the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor’s degree on a
football scholarship in 1965. He settled in New York in 1968, had his first solo exhibition at 112 Greene Street, the loosely run artists’ cooperative in SoHo,
in 1972, and was included in the 1973 Whitney Biennial. In 1980, Mr. Mock participated in the “Times Square Show,” which is often seen as the starting point of the East Village art scene, and he was also the official portrait painter of the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, N.Y.

Mr. Mock was frequently involved with children’s art projects and taught art at Public School 6 in Manhattan from 1998 to 2002. The New York alternative space Exit Art held a survey of his work in 1986. In his most recent New York exhibition, at the Sideshow Gallery, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 2004, his prints were shown with those of several Mexican political printmakers, including Posada.

In addition to Ms. Waddell, he is survived by his mother, Maxine Berry, of Cape Coral, Fla., and a sister, Bonnie Mock, of Sacramento, Calif.

NYT, August 11, 2006


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