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Nick Wadley 1935-2017

20/11/2017

Nick Wadley 1935-2017

We are saddened to report the death, on 1st November, of Nicholas Wadley, a long time member of AICA and husband of fellow member Jasia Reichardt. Nick Wadley taught art history at Chelsea School of Art, London, from 1962 until 1985. His published books include Noa Noa, Gauguin’s Tahiti and Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Drawing. He also published books of cartoons and of drawings, and his drawings accompanied the work of Robert Walser, Tom Whalen, Jasia Reichardt, John Ashbery, Simon Perchik, Lisa Jardine, and others. His own work was exhibited in London, Buenos Aires, and Warsaw.

Nicholas Wadley was born Elstree, Herts, 1935, educated at Reed’s School, Croydon and Kingston Schools of Art and the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. He taught at Chelsea School of Art, London from 1962 and was Head of Art History 1970-1985. He took early retirement to concentrate on his own work, writing and drawing. Exhibitions he curated include Kurt Schwitters in Exile (London 1981), Franciszka Themerson Drawings (Aalborg 1989), Gaberbocchus Press (Paris, 1996), The Secret Life of Clothes (Fukuoka, Japan, 1998), UBU in UK (London, 2000), Franciszka Themerson, European Artist (London 2013). His many other exhibition catalogues and articles on contemporary artists include Cozette de Charmoy, Roman Cieslewicz, Lyonel Feininger, Nigel Hall, Gwyther Irwin, Ewa Kuryluk, Seymour Lipton, the Brothers Quay, Anne Rees-Mogg. He was a contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and other journals and was a Regent of the College de ‘Pataphysique, Paris Nick Wadley also contributed weekly cartoons (1997-2002, with Sylvia Libedinsky) to the Daily Telegraph and Financial Times, London. His Man + Book will be published by Dalkey Archive Press in December and his exhibition Nick in Gdansk opens in 2018.