July 24, 2013

MOCA, Post-Deitch.

Christopher Knight's analysis of the MOCA-Deitch affair is concise and to the point.

"Deitch's unfolding artistic program was regularly mischaracterized as celebrity-oriented and blandly populist, thanks to his indulgence in mostly wan exhibitions related to actors Dennis Hopper and James Franco, Hollywood tabloid photographer Weegee, iconic filmmaker Kenneth Anger, pop musician Mike D and, most of all, Andy Warhol and several of the late Pop artist's progeny.

Instead, his program is better described as simply representing a belief that art culture and popular culture have merged, becoming one and the same."
And then there's the little ethical snag of being an avid collector and a museum director, among other mismatches. 
Full article here.
Jeffrey Deitch's background as a gallery owner brought early criticism of his selection three years ago. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / January 11, 2010)

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