Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Architecture and Art Critic, Writer John Bentley Mays Dies at Age 75

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Architecture and Art Critic, Writer John Bentley Mays Dies at Age 75

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Art critic, writer John Bentley Mays dies

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TORONTO - Longtime architecture and visual art critic John Bentley Mays has died.

The Globe and Mail newspaper says Mays was struck by "a sudden and fatal heart attack" on Sept. 16. He was 75.

Mays had served as the Globe's art critic from 1980 to 1998, also casting his eye toward architecture in a column called Citysites.

He served as a cultural correspondent for the National Post from 1998 until 2001 and also worked as an affairs columnist for the Catholic Register. As well, he contributed to periodicals including Azure, Canadian Architect, Canadian Art, and lnternational Architecture and Design.

At the time of his death, Mays was an architecture columnist for the Globe. And just two weeks earlier, he had completed work on a novel.

Mays was born in Shreveport, La., on June 22, 1941, to a family of cotton planters. …

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