Robert Colescott, 83, Gleefully Satirical Painter

“[H]e was well known for pitting the painterly against the political to create giddily joyful, destabilized compositions that satirized, and offended, without regard to race, creed, gender or political leaning.” He was also, in 1997, the first African-American to represent the U.S. at the Venice Biennale.