Gary Carson died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on July 29, 2021. Born and raised in Montana, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in the History of Art program, studying under Peter Selz. Gary had a long career as an art advisor and appraiser in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the 1980s he was the agent for artists Bruce Conner and Stephen De Staebler, and later became the representative of the Wally Hedrick estate. He was also a chronicler of the San Francisco Punk scene, contributing to such underground publications as Search and Destroy and Damage.
Two decades ago, he began dividing his time between California and Montana. He built a home overlooking the Missouri River near Townsend, Montana, where he continued his life-long passion for bird hunting. He was equally at ease with hunting as he was in discussing Surrealism, Situationism, Bay Area figurative painting, contemporary pulp writers or Montana literature. He had an innate sense of culture and life fully lived. Gary had what some might call "the touch of the marvelous."
He was honored to have served on the Montana Arts Council. G.B. is survived by his mother P.M. Dagenais of Helena, daughter Miranda Carson of Berkeley, his wife Catherine Courtenaye of Bozeman and Emeryville, and his French Brittany pup Jasper.
Gifts in his memory may be given to the Montana Historical Society, Planned Parenthood of Montana or the ACLU of Montana.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Aug. 2 to Aug. 8, 2021.