John C. Wessel, Pioneering Art Dealer, Has Died

Mr. Wessel. (The New York Times)

John C. Wessel, a New York art dealer who championed gay artists and work addressing issues of sexual difference, died of ALS, on Dec. 9, according to a notice in The New York Times. (Thank you to Artnet’s Twitter account for linking to the piece.)

Mr. Wessel started his gallery, called Wessel O’Connor, with his future husband William C. O’Connor, in October 1985, in Rome, where they had moved from New York. Operating from the Italian capital, they gave many East Village artists, like Mike Bidlo and Walter Robinson, their first European shows. Read More