Thursday, September 13, 2007

Thursday September 13, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:02 AM
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The New York Times
Thursday, September 13, 2007–

Burt Hasen, Artist Inspired
by Maps, Dies at 85

Burt Hasen, a New York painter who drew inspiration from his experience working with maps as a military technician during World War II, died on Friday [September 7, 2007] in Manhattan. He was 85 and lived in Lower Manhattan….

During the war he served in the Air Force in the Pacific, where his duties involved close study of aerial maps, an activity that lastingly influenced his work. His densely worked canvases often had an overhead perspective….Toward the end of his life, many of his seemingly abstract paintings were based directly, and in detail, on maps….

In 2006 Mr. Hasen, his wife and the other tenants of a five-story building at 7 Dutch Street near the South Street Seaport made news when they organized against their landlord’s attempt to evict them from the rent-regulated lofts they had occupied for more than 30 years. They subsequently had their leases renewed.

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  1. where can i find his work? the concept is fascinating as is the pynchon quote. what does the map displayed refer to?
    pete saussy
    pawleys island sc

    Comment by bujinin — Tuesday, July 7, 2009 @ 9:20 AM

  2. @bujinin – 

    Try a Google search on “Burt Hasen” + “gallery.” The map is of lower Manhattan just east of the former World Trade Center site.

    Comment by m759 — Tuesday, July 7, 2009 @ 12:19 PM

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