And the verdict is in. After much tongue wagging via the art press this weekend (including some Twitter chatter by the likes of artist/instigator William Powhida and Saltz-archrival Tyler Green), MOCA Los Angeles has confirmed the selection of New York gallerist Jeffrey Deitch as the museum’s new director. Way to start 2010 with a boom, LA — never before has a major US museum hired a leader from the commercial side of the market. One has to wonder: Can Deitch man up for such a significant role at a nonprofit? And what will become of his baby, Deitch Projects? (UPDATE: definitely closing shop.) After the jump we take a walk down memory lane.
A couple of prescient notes that may hint at solidify the future of Deitch Projects:
2. Critic Jerry Saltz claimed via Facebook that the Deitch’s gallery will be no mas.
3. Our resident artfly Paul Laster speculates that it will close; Deitch can’t really sell it because “the buyer could not keep the name, so what’s the point.”