The heartbreaking report that John Sims, an artist, and mathematician, was discovered dead close to his studio in Florida. His stunning Afro-Dixie flag and campaign against racism made him well-known. Major museums displayed his work.
Yesterday, John Sims, a local artist in Sarasota, tragically passed away. He passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at the age of 54. The family and the authorities don’t discuss the causes that contributed to the tragedy.
No details about the funeral preparations are available. Everyone, including his friends and family, is mourning his loss and posting tributes and sympathies on social media.
“I’m still in shock about my man. It’s difficult for me to comprehend the demise of artist John Sims because we spoke on the phone last Friday about an exhibition we were co-curating… We’ve been talking frequently about all kinds of things since John’s cover for Tribes magazine was published. From the late 1990s to the present, John has been a major supporter of the work we do at Rush. He was a spiritual presence with a soul and a rare sharp mind. His work challenged the US existing quo, where people of color are frequently disenfranchised and subject to discrimination, and was social justice campaigner.
John firmly believed that art might serve as another tool against injustice. We are seriously weakened by the loss of this consistent, forceful voice for social involvement. I’m in a lot of pain because I lost a wonderful friend. Rip my brother, and I’ll be grateful to you.”
Born in Detroit, John Sims is a conceptual/multimedia artist, author, and activist. He called Sarasota home. Sims was a leading light with unbridled beauty, geeky spectacles, and a kind and welcoming personality.
He produced art and curatorial endeavors in Florida, including installation, performance, text, music, film, and extensive activism. These initiatives influence mathematics, design, white supremacy politics, and spiritual symbols.