Supertouch buddy and STAGES NYC co-conspirator JEFFREY DEITCH has announced today that he will accept MoCA's invitation to serve as the museum's director after the LA institution nearly went extinct due to grave financial woes in recent years (board member for life Eli Broad bailed them out, luckily). Even more shocking than that bombshell is the atomic bomb blast of a newsbreak that Jeffrey will be closing down his entire DEITCH GALLERY empire that currently ties together and dominates the entire downtown NYC art scene. "I'm just going to stop all commercial activity. The gallery will be over," he told the LA Times.
The home to vital young talents like Aurel Schmidt, Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey, Rosson Crow, and Chris Johanson, the loss of the gallery will be an enormous blow to the downtown art world, a large part of which currently orbits around Deitch's sun. Rumor has it, however, that JD is seriously considering transferring parts of the business to some of his partners & employees.
The biggest source of contention over Deitch's appointment, however, lies with the fact that he is an art dealer (with a large personal art collection) running an art museum who could conceivably use his position to better his own financial standings. Deitch told the LA Times, "Lots of people are going to be concerned and looking, and all their comments are important. What I hope is I'll eventually be seen as an actual individual, not as some abstraction -- an art dealer running a museum ... I have to exercise good judgment and be appropriate," he said. "Would I arrange an exhibition that features a major work I'm thinking of selling? Absolutely not, because that's not appropriate."
Listen to Jeffrey Deitch's NPR interview HERE.
Read the entire LA Times article HERE.