Art critic and historian ROBERT PINCUS-WITTEN was born in Manhattan (d: 2018); Pincus-Witten wrote for Artforum Magazine for nearly 50 years and is credited with coining the term “Post-Minimalism” to describe a range of ideas and practices that began emerging in the late 1960s in response to the cool, dispassionate Minimalism, prevalent at the time.

Born Robert Alfred Pincus, he adapted his mother’s last name and going by Pincus-Witten in an effort, according to his surviving husband, Leon Hecht, to be distinctive in his field. 

Mr. Pincus-Witten was the author of several books including “Postminimalism” (1977), “Eye to Eye”: Twenty Years of Art Criticism (1984) and “Postminimalism Into Maximalism: American Art 1966-1986. He worked at the Gagosian Gallery from 1990 to 1996.

He died in February of 2018. Mr. Hecht, who Pincu-Witten married in 2013, had been childhood friends with his husband. Of his lifelong profession as an art critic, Pincus-Witten offered this: “I see the critical task {of an art critic] as being essentially that of pointing to the new.”