Concetto Pozzati died on 1 August at 81 years of age. The Italian painter, educator and former cultural advisor to the city of Bologna was featured in several key exhibitions throughout his career, including the 1963 Tokyo Biennale; the 1964 Venice Biennale and Documenta Kassel; the 1969 Paris Biennale; and Venice Biennale in 1972, 1982, 2007, and 2009. During his three year term as cultural advisor, Pozzati secured the donation of over 400 works, as well as helping establish the gallery and permanent collection for the MAMbo Museum, Bologna.
Hashem El Madani, Lebanese portrait photographer, has passed away. No cause of death has been indicated. Working with images of the Lebanese public since 1948, the influential artist captured moments of political and cultural change through candid traditional portraiture in his open studio in Saida. “His work told stories of time lost, voices unheard, and the unknown histories of Saida,” Sfeir-Semler Gallery, which represents Zaatari, said of Madani in a statement. “Each photograph in his immense archive showed his kindness, humour, and humanity. He will be greatly missed.”