Monday, January 11, 2010

Art Dealer to run Art Museum; MOCA To be Latest Deitch Project

Below is the lead to my latest Huffington Post column:

When LA Times writer Mike Boehm revealed New York mega-art dealer Jeffery Deitch is to be the next head of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art - my reaction was the same as everyone's in the art world.
Painfully bruised toes after my jaw dropped on them.
Early Facebook status updates ranged between disbelief to horror along with the occasional call for minyans to sit shiva. MOCA clearly leaked the news in advance to allow the initial shock to die down and to allow purists to be able to process the five stages of mourning prior to Monday's formal announcement.
There were some early supporters, though, such as COAGULA editor, Mat Gleason, who declared that since art museums were already brothels, it was an inspired choice for MOCA to hire a first rate pimp to run theirs.
Click on the above link for the rest of the column.

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