Top Commercial Gallerist to Head LA Museum

BY William Pym

LOS ANGELES — The January 11 announcement that New York powerhouse dealer Jeffrey Deitch will assume the directorship of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) sent shock waves through the international art world’s institutional and commercial sectors. Deitch’s new posting represents an unprecedented elision of the private and public in contemporary art.

Deitch’s considerable gift—refined over three decades of private and corporate art advising, nurture of unknown artists and art movements (including the early-1980s New York graffiti artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith

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