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October 1, 2005

Patrick Caulfield

LONDON (AP) _ Patrick Caulfield, an artist noted for his spare, precise studies of interiors and still life, died Thursday in London, according to the Waddington Gallery, which has represented the artist for more than 30 years. He was 69.

Caulfield came up in the 1960s generation of artists, and his bold images were often associated with Pop Art.

However, the catalogue for a 1999 exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London said Caulfield’s work ``addresses the central concerns of European painting: how light falls, how space is organized, how to reconcile different ways of looking at things.″

Caulfield told an interviewer in 1999 that his interest in interiors developed in art school as a reaction against social realism.

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Olga de Alaketu

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ Olga de Alaketu, the high priestess of one the oldest temples of the Afro-Brazilian religion Condomble, died of complications from diabetes, hospital officials said. She was 80.

Alaketu presided over the Ile Maroia Laji ``terreiro,″ as Candomble temples are known, which was established in 1636, making it one of the oldest in the coastal city of Salvador da Bahia, where the religion is based. She was buried on Friday.

Alaketu’s terreiro was frequented by prominent figures, including Brazilian writer Jorge Amado and French anthropologist Pierre Verger. Earlier this year, the terreiro was declared a national heritage site by Brazil’s Culture Ministry.

Candomble is an animist religion brought over with the African slaves, mostly from Nigeria and Benin. Followers incorporate spirits in ceremonies filled with music and dancing that often last throughout the night. The ceremonies can also involve animal sacrifices.

Alaketu was buried Friday at the Bosque da Paz cemetery in Salvador. Information was not immediately available regarding survivors, although, media reported that her eldest daughter would assume the terreiro.

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