Everyone has negative things to say about social media, especially Facebook, but it is the most likely place where we find out when people leave this earth.
Artist Blossom Verlinsky was someone I didn’t know personally, but we were friends online and interacted on Facebook a lot and I was aware of her work. She had a ongoing battle with cancer that progressed rather rapidly and she just passed away.
She showed for decades in NYC and was represented by Carter Burden Gallery. She had collectors, admirers and was part of the NYC art world. Was she world famous? No. Most of us are not, artist or otherwise but that makes our lives work and passing no less important or sad for those left missing us.
Tributes about the artist and her work are pouring from by friends, loved ones and admirers. Another thing Facebook allows us is one last chance to say goodbye. Here’s Blossom’s last post dated June 8, 2019.
“Maybe my last words to you _ I’m in Sloan Kerrering with progression Overian Cancer to three blockages in my Stomach. Everyone is flying in to say goodbye. I haven’t painted – but gotten rid of nausea. I feel so far from myself I am just fighting off disease . I wanted to write something elegant – so I would be remembered for my words.
Always having so many plans this leaves me with perhaps going up to the 15th floor to get some fresh air. Thus a small survival for everyone around me will be a prolongation.
Everyone is super attentive, hoping to keep me alive. Yet, slowly my system wants to run down. I was planning a large one person show in Chelsea this fall. It’s so large that things may not show up – the way I wanted them to show a painting with a small attribution.”
Rest in power, Blossom.