It is with sadness and regret that we have to inform you of the passing of our artist and dear friend, Lynne Cohen. Diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer and six months to live, it was through her extraordinary strength of will that she beat back her illness for three incredible years. Against all odds, those close to her admired the ferocity of her fight, which can only be described as triumphant.
Exhibiting her work since the mid-1960s, Lynne Cohen led a full and prolific career spread over four decades. Her sometimes haunting, sometimes whimsical, always inspiring photographs of interior spaces have been a central feature of the Olga Korper Gallery for the last fourteen years, and we feel incredibly privileged to have worked with her and reveled in her tremendous character and passion for her work.
Lynne’s photographs have been shown in galleries and museums worldwide. Today, she is represented in over 50 public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Australian National Gallery, the Bibliotheque nationale de France, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Canada Council Art Bank. She was the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the very first Scotiabank Photography Award and the Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts.
Remembered by all those who have been impacted by her work, motivated by her teaching, or fortunate enough to call her friend, none of us mourn her loss as deeply as her partner, Andrew Lugg. Dedicated to one another for nearly fifty years, Andrew was by her side until the very end. Our thoughts are with him.
Out of respect for Lynne’s personal wishes, no funeral or memorial service will be held, but any condolences will be relayed to Andrew.
Olga, Shelli, Aaron + Taiga