Jeffrey Deitch announced as new Director of MoCA, LA

Jeffrey Deitch (centre)

Eminent New York gallerist Jeffrey Deitch (pronounced DIE-tch) has been appointed Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.   Current Director of Deitch Projects in New York, he is also an art advisor (his clients include media mogul David Geffen and uber collector Dakis Joannou), art writer (he was the first American editor of Flash Art) and exhibition curator (generating the ground-breaking touring exhibition Post Human, among others). 

Dietch made a name for himself in the 1980’s sniffing out new talent and representing rising stars like Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons.  A canny businessman, the Harvard Business School graduate plays the secondary market to fund more experimental projects including the infamous installation, ‘Nest’, created by Dan Colen and the late Dash Snow, in which the artists occupied one of Deitch’s galleries, got high, tore up thousands of phone books and generally ransacked the place.

Installation shot of Dash Snow and Dan Colen's 'Nest', 2007

Leg of Lamb wonders what this Jack-of-all-trades has in store for MoCA…

Jeffrey Deitch announced as new Director of MoCA, LA