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Monster Mash: Jeffrey Deitch on MOCA's mural controversy, an improved Leaning Tower of Pisa

December 14, 2010 |  7:57 am

Deitch Controversial: Jeffrey Deitch responds to criticism over a public mural that was commissioned by Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art and that was painted over before completion. (Los Angeles Times)

Standing taller: The Leaning Tower of Pisa has undergone a restoration process in which it was cleaned and partially straightened. (The Telegraph)

Ultimatum: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts vows to pull funding from the Smithsonian Institution if a censored piece of art isn't restored. The Smithsonian shows no signs of reversing its decision. (Los Angeles Times and New York Times)

Award winner: Robert A.M. Stern was honored Monday as the recipient of the 2011 Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture. (The Wall Street Journal)

Mega-production: A look into the economics behind Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark." (New York Times)

Windfall: Philadelphia collector, artist and philanthropist Linda Lee Alter has donated about 400 works from her collection to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Honored: Filmmaker and artist Guy Maddin has received this year's $10,000 Bell Award for video art from the Canada Council for the Arts. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Holiday gloom: The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has canceled more performances as its musicians' strike drags on. (Detroit Free Press)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews a revival of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," starring Helen Hunt, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre; architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne on the collapse of the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

-- David Ng

Photo: Jeffrey Deitch. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters


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The Warhol Foundation seem to be 'blackmailing' the Smithsonian into showing works they have deemed to be unsuitable. No taxpayers funds were used, only private donors. Joel Wachs, president of the Warhol Foundation and former Los Angeles city councilman only came out of the closet at the rather late age of 65, during his campaign for Los Angeles mayor. ( he came in last) As former tax attorney Joel Wachs was about to be 'outed' against his wishes, he is hardly a gay role model. What a hypocrite. Clearly this is a cynical ploy to claw back credibility after wasting over $7 million dollars of foundations monies on a lawsuit in which Wachs was trying to prove that Warhol was not aware of his own work.

"The Warhol Foundation seem to be 'blackmailing' the Smithsonian into showing works they have deemed to be unsuitable."

The Warhol Foundation is standing up for artistic integrity in the face of the Smithsonian's capitulation to brownshirts like Eric Cantor and John Boehner.

While it was wrong of the Smithsonian to pull a work after it made it to exhibition, regardless of worth, it pales in comparison to MoCA destroying a work that was never even seen. The video is intact and being shown all over the country, that is hardly censorship. It was only at the Smithsonian, and that was pretty much grandstanding politics. The Warhol will be ignored, their funds a pittance compared to the hundreds of millions the Feds put into their myriad museums. It was wrong, but hardly a federal case.
Time to move on, except contempts dont have much to actually say beyond adolescent outrage.
art collegia delenda est


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