February 25, 1946- January 13, 2014
My heartfelt condolences to Laura..and Big Rich
** Funeral arrangements for Gary Grimshaw,
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Saturday
MOCAD, the Museum of Contemporary Art
4454 Woodward in Detroit.
There will be music from 8-9 p.m.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Sunday
at MOCAD, with a reception following at the Scarab Club**
Just got the sad news that the amazing artist Gary Grimshaw just passed over. Gary had been battling poor health issues valiantly for years. Gary was one of the most beloved men in the world. Those who were privileged to be his friend will never let his memory fade. Those who knew his art will celebrate his talent in perpetuity. RIP Gary, your talents changed this world in so many positive ways. You were so BRAVE to fight for our freedom and protest the war when you returned. Your courage is what I'll remember most..
About Gary's beginning
At the start of his career Gary became well known as the Grande Ballroom artist and later as the MC5 artist. These works stand out as the centerpiece of an enormously prolific output of art from the mid-1960’s to the late 1970’s. He became part of a dynamic collective of intellectuals, promoters, poets, artists, musicians - people that spent many years together in some form or another and in different circles of interest.
For instance, as a Vietnam veteran he was an anti-war activist and a key player in the White Panther Party; he worked to reform unfair law and unjust incarcerations. His contribution was through art and his art inspired and energized the people. He was a member of Trans-Love Energies and The Rainbow People’s Party. He worked on newspapers, magazines, did posters to advertise music events, did record album covers.
Gary worked with Underground Press Syndicate icons The San Francisco Oracle and the Ann Arbor Sun. Gary has just completed a book with Leni Sinclair that documents this celebrated era in the history of Detroit. It features a sample of his enormous output during the first fifteen or so years of his career and dynamic photography of his friend Leni Sinclair and is called “Detroit Rocks!”.
Back in the late seventies he also worked with the legendary rock magazine Creem as an associate art director. During this time he and his then-wife had a son named Alan Morgan Grimshaw. Gary’s son continues the Grimshaw art and design tradition with his own career.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his cherished wife Laura, his son, and all of his legions of fans...Very sad day..
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