Idelle Weber (b. 1932 in Chicago) was one of the most prolific and original female Pop Artists in New York. Weber was a central figure in the New York Pop Art circles, friends with most of the major female and male artists of the time, from Roy Lichtenstein to Sylvia Sleigh to George Segal, another artist represented by our gallery.
Idelle Weber explored the cosmopolitan milieu of the 1950s and1960s, exploring themes of corporate culture and gender roles, mass media and politics. Her husband was a corporate lawyer in the Lever Building in Midtown. She frequently visited him at his office making sketches, which majorly inspired a motif central in her work: ‘The Men in the Office’, black anonymous silhouettes representing prototypes of the 1950s male dominated work sphere, the metropolitan hallways of power. The trailer of cult TV series “Mad Men” was inspired by Weber’s ‘Men in the Office’ motif cycle. Weber’s timeless style also sank into the 1980s aesthetic of e.g. “The Men in the City” series by Robert Longo.
This particular motif focus in the artist’s work makes it very unique among the female Pop iconography, while Weber also deeply processed the trauma of the Vietnam War and the uprisings of the Civil Rights Movement in her work.The cultural and political underpinnings in Weber’s paintings, drawings, collages and sculptures are deeply imbedded in the 1960s era.
Idelle Weber was prominently presented at the Brooklyn Museum show “Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists” in 2010.