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Barbara Weiss (1960–2016)

Art dealer Barbara Weiss died on December 31, 2016. Born in Schwandorf, Germany, she studied philosophy and art history at the Freie Universität Berlin from 1980–84. Her eponymous gallery opened on Berlin’s Potsdamer Straße in 1992 with a solo exhibition by Larry Clark. Galerie Barbara Weiss then moved to Zimmerstraße at Checkpoint Charlie in 2001, and finally to Kohlfurter Straße Forty-one/Forty-three, where it has been since 2011.

Galerie Barbara Weiss represents many artists—among them are Monika Baer, Raoul De Keyser, Harun Farocki, Mary Heilmann, John Miller, Mai-Thu Perret, Collier Schorr, Niele Toroni, and Amelie von Wulffen. The painter Rebecca Morris, who is also represented by the gallery, spoke to about Weiss: “Barbara deeply valued the uniqueness of her artists. She championed these traits and was a loyal, protective, and uncompromising proponent of all of the artists she represented . . . .To be a woman artist and to work with her was completely transformative and deeply affirming. She changed my life through her support, wisdom, and respect. She raised the bar for me to a very high level in terms of what I now expect of myself and frankly, for what I expect from others.”