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UTA Fine Arts head Josh Roth has died, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. A source close to him said the cause was heart failure and that he died in New York. He was 40.
Roth joined the agency to found the division in 2015. In addition to representing world-class fine artists, photographers, mixed-media artists and others, he was a major factor in conceiving and opening UTA Artist Space, first in Boyle Heights in 2016 and, most recently, moving to Beverly Hills in July. The Artist Space had featured exhibitions from the likes of Kids director Larry Clark and Ai Weiwei.
Prior to joining UTA, Roth was at the law firm Glaser Weil for six years, serving as chair of its art law department.
“Josh was a dear man and a great colleague, and we are devastated by his loss,” UTA chairman Jim Berkus and CEO Jeremy Zimmer said Monday in a statement. “His friendships and contributions were deeply felt. He constantly inspired his colleagues and those he represented with his impeccable taste, thoughtfulness, creativity and absolute dedication. Most importantly, Josh was a wonderful man — devoted to his family, kind in spirit and generous in every way. UTA is heartbroken.”
Roth is survived by his wife, Sonya, and their children Anabel, Colette and Henry.
Memorial service details have not been announced.
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