Margaret Kilgallen’s letter to Aaron Rose about showing with Jeffrey Deitch

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Saw this on TWBE. As much as its interesting to read the late-great SF artist, Margaret Kilgallen, writing to Alleged Gallery owner Aaron Rose that she was going to show with Jeffrey Deitch as opposed to Rose is interesting, it is far better to see her letterhead…

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Charlie Finch on Graffiti as a Noble Art

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Artnet captioned the above image as Lee Quinones, even though it says Blade on it. So that is where to start. But art critic and writer, Charlie FInch, is one of the few people in the “established world” we have read that has defended Deitch and Co’s “Art In the Streets” exhibit.

One good point that Finch brings up, that few in any pro or con camp seem to bring up, not even us: “Before I address this idiocy, let me tip my cap to Jeffrey Deitch, who has managed to curate an exhibition in L.A. that has actual lines around the block waiting to get in there for the first time since Ed Kienholz debuted Back Seat Dodge at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art half a century ago, and to Arnold Lehman, who has the eminent good sense to bring this show to the Brooklyn in 2012, for the same reason: he has been hammered all year in the New York Times and elsewhere for failing to increase attendance and now, the Brooklyn Museum, too, shall have its crowds.”

Crowds! To see art! MOCA needs some attention, money, and crowds, they made the right decision!

Really, this is a simple defense of a good decision. Read it here.

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Todd “REAS” James on recreating Street Market at MOCA’s Art In the Streets with Stephen Powers and Barry Mcgee

Of all the things we have heard about Jeffrey Deitch’s MOCA Art In the Streets show in LA, the fact that REAS, ESPO, and TWIST are recreating the seminal Street Market show in the museum is the best thing we have read.

REAS wrote on his blog “Myself Steve and Barry have been working on our new installation “STREET” aka “Donut Time” for the LA MOCA Art in the streets show. Alexis Ross Devin Flynn Josh Lazcano and Dan Murphy are joining us as well, here’s some vague imagery for now. Trucks ship out filled with junk next Saturday. More to come.”

Awesome.

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Wooster Collective share their thoughts about Blu and MOCA

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The talk of the street art world is the Blu and Jeffrey Deitch debacle, where Deitch is doing a street art museum retrospective where he kicked it off by censoring the first mural made the the show.

Wooster Collective, the NY Times of street art, have just given their two cents on the whole hoopla. They side with street art.

But for us, this discussion about Blu’s mural should be a lot more than just a vilification of Jeffrey Deitch and a show of support for Blu. For us, it has more to do with the fact that as time goes on, more and more of our museums fail to live up to the ideals that we have for them. We want, and expect, museums to defend our free speech. We want, and expect, museums to provide a home for provocative thought. We want, and expect, museums to provoke and inspire debate. What we should not want is for museums to be so constrained and commercial that they add very little to the public debate.

The reality is that fewer and fewer museums live up to our ideals. To keep their doors open, museums like MOCA need to appease powerful donors and mount shows that are commercial and bring in the masses. It’s becoming rarer and rarer for museums to mount truly provocative shows that challenge us and change the course of our society.

Read the whole great piece here.

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Deitch talks about that Blu mural that is no longer

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You have heard the story, MOCA wants Blu to paint mural, Blu paints mural, MOCA paints over it, MOCA is run by Jeffrey Deitch, Blu is hailed as a victim of hypocrisy, Deitch has to defend his first major exhibit that will be all about Street Art after he buffs the very art that he is trying to canonize.

MOCA has released a statement, used words like inappropriate and insensitive. What? Painting a mural of coffins with American dollars draped upon them instead of the traditional American flag draped coffins of American soldiers coming home, with said wall across from a Veteran’s building is insensitive?

Who said Street Art was sensitive, though?

The LA Times has Deitch quoted: “Look at my gallery website — I have supported protest art more than just about any other mainstream gallery in the country,” Deitch added. “But as a steward of a public institution, I have to balance a different set of priorities — standing up for artists and also considering the sensitivities of the community.”

Something tells us that Blu doesn’t really care about Deitch Projects traditions or insensitivity. The dude just brought some good shit to the US.

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MOCA, Jeffrey Deitch, Street Art exhibition, 2011

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It was only a matter of time before Mr Jeffrey Deitch of MOCA to get a major street art retrospective together. And look at who the LA Times uses as a picture to talk about the announcement . . . Mister Cartoon. Not bad.

The show is “Art in the Streets.” Mr Deitch told the LA Times, “”Right now we’re trying to iron out sponsorship. It’s going to be the first major museum survey of the history of graffiti and street art presented in the United States.”

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Retna on the cover of the September 2010 Juxtapoz

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That is an epic cover. Retna has the cover of the September 2010 issue of Juxtapoz, and everyone in our office is hyped because we all like Retna and remember his great 2007 show at FIFTY24SF Gallery. And Jeffrey Deitch did the introduction to the piece, so definitely a landmark for Retna.

The issue also has a subscriber-only cover of INSA, and interviews with Richard Colman, Allyson Mellberg, INSA, Retna, Pose, and KC Ortiz. Great issue… we read it last night.

Here is the INSA cover.

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Retna on the cover of the September 2010 Juxtapoz

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That is an epic cover. Retna has the cover of the September 2010 issue of Juxtapoz, and everyone in our office is hyped because we all like Retna and remember his great 2007 show at FIFTY24SF Gallery. And Jeffrey Deitch did the introduction to the piece, so definitely a landmark for Retna.

The issue also has a subscriber-only cover of INSA, and interviews with Richard Colman, Allyson Mellberg, INSA, Retna, Pose, and KC Ortiz. Great issue… we read it last night.

Here is the INSA cover.

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