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Artist Paul Jenkins dead at 88

Paul Jenkins, Painter of Abstract Artwork, Dies at 88

Paul Jenkins, a colorful Abstract Expressionist who came of age during the heyday of the New York School and for several decades carried on its highly physical tradition of manipulating paint and canvas, died on June 9 in Manhattan, where he lived and had continued to paint until recently. He was 88.

He died after a short illness, said his wife, Suzanne.

Jrenkins was a contemporary and friend of both  Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. In 1953 he resettled in Paris, but maintained a lifelong connection with New York.

He became well-known outside the art world in 1978 when his paintings had a starring role in the Paul Mazursky movie “An Unmarried Woman,” in which Alan Batesplayed a Manhattan artist. The paintings supposedly done by the Bates character were actually his work.“I try to paint like a crapshooter throwing dice, utilizing past experience and my knowledge of the odds,” he said in 1964. “It’s a big gamble, and that’s why I love it.”

Jill Clayburgh dies at 66…

After suffering for 21 years from chronic lymphocytic leukemia, actress Jill Clayburgh died at her home in Lakeville, Connecticut, surrounded by husband, playwright David Rabe, and family.

Clayburgh made a name for herself starring in the 1978 film “An Unmarried Woman.” Besides appearing in such movies as “I’m Dancing As Fast As I Can,” “Silver Streak” and “Running With Scissors,” Clayburgh also appeared on Broadway in Noel Coward‘s “Design for Living,” the original production of Tom Stoppard’s “Jumpers,” and the Tony Award-winning musicals “Pippin” and “The Rothschilds.”