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John Weber (1932 – 2008)

New Yorker art dealer John Weber died over the weekend. Born in Los Angeles in 1932, Weber had a prominent role in the contemporary art world and was one of the first dealers in Soho in the ’70s, leaving his mark on New York’s art scene of that period.

Owner of the popular John Weber Gallery, which opened in West Broadway in Soho in 1971, he then moved to Chelsea in the ’90s where he began his rise in the art world.

After leaving the Navy, Weber accepted a job at the Dayton Art Institute as member of the curatorial staff. Later he attended the Institute of Fine Arts at New YorkUniversity and worked for the MarthaJacksonGallery in New York. He then made the successful move to the Dwan Gallery in Los Angeles, where he was involved in many outstanding shows and worked with artists like Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria, Arman, Yves Klein, Franz Kline, Sol LeWitt, Andy Warhol, Richard Long, Jeff Koons, Joseph Beuys, Hans Haacke and many more, collaborating as well with the Fluxus Group and the Arte Povera movement. During his professional career he established numerous interactions with collectors and art critics.