Dagny Corcoran, bookseller and fixture of LA art scene, dies aged 77

In addition, she worked for many years on an extensive research project dealing with the work of Mr. De Maria, the American sculptor and landscape artist who died in 2013; The monograph containing her chronology, Walter De Maria: The Object, the Action, the Aesthetic Feeling, was published this fall by Gagosian Gallery and Rizzoli.

In her later years in Los Angeles, Ms. Corcoran’s one-bedroom condo in Century City became her own salon, the site of numerous home-cooked dinners and other gatherings that drew a wide cross-section of the art world from Los Angeles and beyond.

“Guests huddled around the large dining table in the center of the room, crammed into a small seating area nearby, stood side-by-side in the entryway and bedroom, spilled out onto small terraces over the driveway or the pool far below, and, Balance on the edge of a bathtub if you have to,” wrote Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight. He added: “David Hockney was allowed to smoke – secretly.”

Mister. Ruscha, who knew Frau. Corcoran wrote by email for decades, “An excellent cook, like her father, she shone at all gatherings and was an encyclopedia of the art world and all of her many books.”

Woman. Corcoran hated nostalgia and was restless to the end to reinvent himself. But as she redesigned her store at the Los Angeles County Museum, she said she believes a fundamental part of selling books — if you’re good at it, at least — is bringing the people who read them together in real time and in person.

“I don’t want to go back to eating lunch at the store like I used to because I didn’t have customers,” she said. “Nevertheless, I would like to do a version of that today because I want to have a dialogue. Art is art and everything is connected.”

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