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BERG--Siri. Siri Berg, 98, died April 8, 2020 in her home, in New York City. Born in 1921, in Stockholm, Sweden, Ms. Berg was an accomplished painter and artist of mixed-media who enjoyed a late-career renaissance in her final two decades. In recent years, her work was the subject of several career retrospectives, spanning over 50 years of work, including In Color (2016-17) at the Fiterman Art Center, New York; A Life in Color (2018) at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; and Statements (2019) at House of Sweden, Washington, D.C. Ms. Berg was also the subject of the documentary film "In Color" by Sara Jegerman, released in 2019. Berg's media of choice were paint and canvas, combined with an almost scientific approach to color, light, and texture. Her interest ranged from geometric abstraction and color-fields to black-and- white paintings, inspired and mastered by her vast command of color. Berg studied at the Institute of Art and Architecture at the University of Brussels before immigrating to the U.S. at the age of 19, by freighter, in 1940. She raised her family in Riverdale, NY, spent summers in Atlantic Beach, Long Island, and began painting in earnest in her oldest son's bedroom-turned-studio, the day he went off to college. Berg later moved to an artist loft in SoHo, in the mid-1980s, where she lived, worked and taught for the rest of her life. Her work was exhibited in Australia, China, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Spain, Germany, and across the U.S. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden, among many other public and private collections. Berg was a longtime member of the American Abstract Artists and taught Color Theory at Parsons, The New School for Design for over 30 years. She retired as the oldest member of their faculty at the age of 91. Siri is survived by two sons, Jeffrey and Arthur, two step-daughters, Harriet and Stephanie, nine grandchildren and numerous great-grand- children.

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Published in New York Times on Apr. 12, 2020.
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February 19, 2021
I will always remember Siri as my first art instructor and a positive figure in my life. She gave me confidence as a creative person. She influenced me to continue drawing. I met her as an apprentice in a work study program for college at her Soho studio for two semesters 1983-84. Color always will influence my life because of her because when I look into the eyes of life we see color. That is what she taught me to think. I wish I kept in touch in all the years after school but my memory of her will always be the way I am in touch with her. Many blessings to the family to continue her memory and may she looked down upon us and fill our lives with amazing color! She had a wonderful heart!
Elizabeth Kobe
April 21, 2020
My condolences to the Berg family. Siri was a warm person who remained strongly committed to her craft and was always curious and innovative about her ideas. We will miss her very much.
Jonathan Feldman
April 15, 2020
Your painting in my living room is still one of my favorites. You were Avery special woman.
Kerstin Lane
April 13, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving.
Simone Taylor
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