Calling him a “risk-taker” for mounting a major show of street art, the New York Times continued its love affair with Jeffrey Deitch, while the best that the Los Angeles press can muster is complaints about the graffiti brought on by the exhibition. Times contributor Guy Trebay paints an exciting picture of the opening of Art in the Streets at the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA and pulls in quotes about Deitch from mega-collector and MOCA’s founding chairman Eli Broad, who said, “We wanted someone who was, call it what you want, a game-changer,” while stating that what the museum was seeking when they hired him as the new director was “an impresario.”
Trebay goes on to profile Deitch’s history, new digs in LA—Cary Grant’s former home that he shared with Randolph Scott—and touches on the criticism he’s faced since accepting the position slightly more than a year ago, before discussing some of the old school graffiti artists and younger skateboard and street artists that are in the show. In the end, Trebay ironically asks Deitch, “Is ‘Art in the Streets’ his signature gesture, his tag?” and gets the answer that his interest is showing art that “remains connected to emotion” and “stays connected to life.” What better way to convey that philosophy than to mount a sprawling exhibition that takes four decades of youthful angst from urban streets and puts it on a museum walls?
See more installation shots and pictures of street art players and celebs at the opening of the show on Hyperbeast.com.