The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art on Monday named Jeffrey Deitch, the high-profile New York art dealer, as its new director, a bold and risky move for the institution as it emerges from deep financial troubles, says the Los Angeles Times.
Mr. Deitch, a gallery owner and adviser to collectors with ties in the modern-art world, signed a five-year contract and will take office on June 1. Analyses in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times assess the potential benefits and pitfalls of the appointment, which marks a departure from the institutional norm of seeking leaders from among curators and art academics.
In other arts news, Fritz Lohman, a champion of gay artists who was instrumental in the zoning battle that led to the creation of New York’s SoHo district, died on New Year’s Eve at age 87, according to the Associated Press. Mr. Lohman and his longtime partner founded the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, a nonprofit gallery, in 1990.
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