Robert Delford Brown
The high priest of Pharblongence is dead at 78 from an accidental drowning, according to the New York Times:
A colleague of artists like Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg and Nam June Paik, Mr. Brown was a central figure in the anarchic New York art scene of the early 1960s, a participant in — and instigator of — events-as-art known as “happenings.” He saw the potential for aesthetic pronouncement in virtually everything. His métier was willful preposterousness, and his work contained both anger and insouciance.
His raw materials included buildings, pornographic photos and even meat carcasses.
He often performed in the persona of a religious leader, but dressed in a clown suit with a red nose and antennas hung with ripe bananas. In the end his message to the world was that both spirited individualism and unimpeded creativity must triumph.
Robert Delford Brown, ‘Happenings’ Artist, Dies at 78 (New York Times)