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Jeffrey Deitch and Julian Schnabel at the MOCA press preview of the Dennis Hopper show, which is in the background.


A few months before New York dealer Jeffrey Deitch officially took over as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles on June 1, he announced that the first show on his watch would be a retrospective of the artwork of actor/director Dennis Hopper. With impressive speed, the show at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary space opened Sunday, and the reason for the quick work was that Deitch wanted the rapidly ailing Hopper to see it. Sadly, Hopper died of prostate cancer on May 29.

July 13, 2010 1:50 PM |

The Los Angeles Times ran two prominent stories last week, including one on the front page of the April 30 edition, about billionaire Eli Broad's plans to build a museum for his contemporary art collection either in the city of Santa Monica or in downtown L.A. Broad, who is often described as a tough negotiator, appears to be pitting the two cities against each other, hoping to get the best deal before he commits to a site.

There aren't many people in Los Angeles with as much money as Broad, so when he agrees to donate money for a new building or a cause, institutions are quick to cave to his terms. In this case, one or two officials in each city are balking at Broad's demands for virtually rent-free land, questioning whether it's in the public interest to lease Broad valuable plots of real estate for a total of $1 a year, so he can build a place to show off his art. They would most likely get an arresting architectural edifice, with his name prominently displayed on it. Broad, who made his first fortune building homes for average folk before making his second fortune selling insurance policies, expressed dismay at the chutzpah of these ungrateful officials.

Broad told the Times, "It just burns me that people are saying they're giving me, a billionaire, $1 a year for nothing without looking at the public benefit that's being created, without thinking of all these children that are going to go there free of charge and all the other benefits."

May 7, 2010 12:00 AM |


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