Daily Distraction: Read the Times' overdue obit for Aminah Robinson

Article on Columbus artist is part of the paper's Overlooked series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths went unreported in the Times.

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Aminah Robinson in her Columbus home in 2011

Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson died in 2015, but just last week the New York Times wrote an obit for the legendary Columbus artist as part of "Overlooked, a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times."

The piece begins with a scene of Robinson rising at 4 a.m. to work on various art projects. "A steady diet of coffee and cigarettes kept her awake," writes Kwame Opam. "She worked this way for years — up with the sun, down late at night, sleeping only a few hours before starting again."

Opam details Robinson's “RagGonNon" artistic concept and includes interviews with Carole Genshaft, curator at large of the Columbus Museum of Art, and Deidre Hamlar, co-curator at CMA. It's worth a few minutes of your time.

Alive recently spoke with local artist Bryan Moss, who has lived in Robinson's former house on Sunbury Road since August, serving as full-time caretaker for the home, which Robinson bequeathed to the Columbus Museum of Art upon her death.