Deitch: Directin’ Ain’t Easy

Mr. Deitch. (Courtesy Getty Images)

Artnet’s Rachel Corbett recently posted a report from a panel at Basel that featured Baer Faxt proprietor Josh Baer and Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Director Jeffrey Deitch. Her write-up focuses on what seems to have been a major part of the discussion: Mr. Deitch’s transition from dealer to museum director. Read More


Giverny Meets the Emerald City at the Hole

E.V. Day and Kembra Pfahler, 'Giverny' (Photo courtesy Rozalia Jovanovic)

Friday night, true to the words of gallerist Kathy Grayson, her gallery, the Hole, had been transformed into Monet’s gardens at Giverny, or as close an approximation as can be had on the Bowery. The installation was created to house the photographs taken by E.V. Day of Kembra Pfahler at Giverny in Ms. Day’s signature futuristic style, which feature a campy twist: Ms. Pfahler, nude, covered in brightly colored paint. Read More

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How’s Jeffrey Deitch Doing at the Museum of Contemporary Art?

Mr. Deitch. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

With former New York dealer Jeffrey Deitch approaching his two-year anniversary as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles—he began on June 1, 2010—Mike Boehm checked in with him for an article in the Los Angeles Times, and he takes a close look at the institution’s financial status, which still has a ways to go before it can be considered stable and healthy.

First, the bottom line, courtesy Mr. Boehm: “MOCA had either a $504,000 surplus or a $302,000 deficit in its first year under Deitch, depending on whether one includes an $804,000 depreciation expense. That’s down from a $4.8-million surplus—depreciation included—in the year before he began as director.” Read More


Filling the Hole: Deitch Protégé Kathy Grayson Brings Monet’s Garden Into Her Gallery

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E.V. Day and Kembra Pfahler, Untitled 7

Earlier this month, the 31-year-old art dealer Kathy Grayson was in her gallery, the Hole, speaking over a saw buzzing in the background. She was awaiting the arrival of 100 bags of pea gravel, 2,500 square feet of synthetic turf, four types of pond grasses, six cherry blossom trees, three willow trees, five dozen water lilies, dozens of tulips and stalks of bamboo, and a Japanese bridge to stretch over a pond. At the behest of the artists Kembra Pfahler and E.V. Day, she was transforming the Hole, for a month, into a recreation of Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny, where the painter spent the final years of his life and painted his famous Water Lilies. Once the garden was complete, she would hang in it 12 photographs Ms. Day took, on an artist residency at Giverny, of Ms. Pfahler posing in the gardens in her role as lead singer of glam-punk band the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black: naked, save for thigh-high boots, head-to-toe body paint and a black wig teased into a two-foot-high rat’s nest. Read More