Paul Schimmel


The Pursuit of Art, 2014

by Thomas Micchelli on December 27, 2014

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The exhibitions that rippled through our cultural fabric over the past year, at least those occurring in and around New York, have registered the predictable number of highs and lows, though 2014 did manage to plumb one nadir unlikely to be matched for a good long time.

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There may be some great-looking specimens of postwar art in Re-View: Onnasch Collection — an exhibition that turns Hauser & Wirth’s cavernous Chelsea outpost into a mini-museum offering the kind of intimate experiences that have been all but lost in New York’s uptown behemoths — but the show also arrives with some huge caveats.

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Into the dead zone between the sputtering-out of summer shows and the ignition of the new season comes the story of Maurice and Paul Marciano, co-founders of the stonewashed blue jeans empire Guess, and the private art museum they are founding in Los Angeles.

It is a private museum not only because it is, for now, entirely funded by the Maurice and Paul Marciano Art Foundation, but also because you, the public, are not allowed inside.

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The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art is losing even more staff, though rather than firing legendary curator Paul Schimmel, this time, associate curator Rebecca Morse is leaving the institution of her own free will. We don’t blame her.

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In a fairly abrupt turnaround, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art announced yesterday that it will hire a new chief curator, after the controversial resignation at the end of June of Paul Schimmel, who held the chief curator position for 22 years. Originally, MOCA had announced that it would not replace Schimmel, instead going full Deitch, i.e. allowing director Jeffrey Deitch to lead the museum’s curatorial program.

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A lot has happened in the week and half since we last gave you an update on the situation at Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Oh wait, except … nothing’s actually happened.

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Artist Ed Ruscha has left the board of LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), following the departures last week of John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie. The last artist on the board has left the building.

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LA MOCA has fired Paul Schimmel Paul Schimmel quits LA MOCA? (according to Jeffrey Deitch), LACMA is reducing its hours and cutting staff, and the Getty cut jobs last month. Pull yourself together, LA!

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