POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
Robert Longo, Men in the Cities – Men Trapped in Ice, 1980, Charcoal and graphite on paper, 60 x 40 inches/152.4 x 101.6 cm, each panel (Model Jeffrey Deitch). Image via: Robert Longo
I've got conflict of interest fatigue. Between reporting on the various web of icky networks at The New Museum, and Village Voice critic Christian Viveros-Faune's simultaneous management of two art fairs VOLTA and Next (he's now resigned from those positions and writes for the Voice again) this week's story of downtown mega-dealer Jeffrey Deitch new appointment as the Director of Los Angeles's Museum of Contemporary Art museum, seemed certain to raise a few hairs.
And my God, these are boring hairs. Sure, if Deitch sells a few pieces from his personal collection after he takes his position at MoCA this represents a conflict — he'd be profiting from his position — but in this instance I'm happy to let the American Association of Museums and the American Association of Museum Directors (AAM and AAMD) oversee the matter. It's not like MoCA hired an ex-convict for the job. It's just Jeffrey Deitch.