By Julia Weiner, June 20, 2008
Eight months after he killed himself, R B Kitaj is the star of the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition
In 1994, the Tate Gallery in London mounted a major retrospective of the work of R B Kitaj. For the artist, life would never be the same again. Such was the savagery of the reviews that Kitaj blamed the critics for the death of his wife, Sandra Fisher, of a brain aneurysm shortly after the exhibition closed. In disgust he left Britain, his home for 30 years, and returned to his native United States, vowing that he would not set foot here ever again.