Etel Adnan dies aged 96: Artist known for sexually explicit paintings

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Artist Enel Adnan leaves the stage after performing at The American Place on 26th December 2014 Etel Adnan, an American artist and writer, has died at the age…

Etel Adnan dies aged 96: Artist known for sexually explicit paintings

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Artist Enel Adnan leaves the stage after performing at The American Place on 26th December 2014

Etel Adnan, an American artist and writer, has died at the age of 96.

He was known for his photo-cultural practice and for his daring paintings with human and animal figures.

Mr Adnan is best known for his sexually explicit paintings and for his photography of bodies having sex.

He was born in Lebanon in 1923 and moved to the US in his mid-20s, where he received his degree in photography at New York University.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Adnan has received three Artist Fellowships

Mr Adnan became a photographer and educator in the 1960s, and in the 1970s and 1980s, was a contributor to publications such as Newsweek, and the Orange and Beverly Hills magazines.

He also began photographing and pursuing a life of art and performance.

In 1988, Mr Adnan was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his photo essay New York City Has a Problem, New York, which featured the experiences of a group of men and women living and working on a roof in Harlem.

In the 1990s he was awarded three Artist Fellowships for his activism and social conscience.

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