Vale: To those we lost in 2019

We salute the lives and careers of the artists, performers and patrons who took their final curtain call in 2019.

2019 saw the passing of many talented and inspiring people. 

We said goodbye to individuals who have had a remarkable impact on global culture, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison – a giant of modern literature to a giant of the catwalk, Chanel’s iconic couturier, Karl Lagerfeld; from operatic superstar Jessye Norman to K-Pop megastar Sulli, from influential Broadway producer Harold Prince, to one of the 20th century’s greatest modern architects, IM Pei.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina