John McWhinnie, Dealer of Art and Rare Books, Dies at 43

McWhinnie at Opening Ceremony (Photo courtesy of

The New York art and rare books dealer John McWhinnie died yesterday in a snorkeling accident while on vacation in the British Virgin Islands. He was 43.

Virgin Islands police told East Hampton Patch that McWhinnie and his wife, jewelry designer Maria Beaulieu, were caught in a current while snorkeling on a coral reef off Savannah Bay beach, half an hour from Tortola. Read More


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