Suzanne Geiss (Executive Director at Deitch Projects from 1997 until its closure in 2010) is launching a new gallery at Deitch’s former headquarters at 76 Grand Street, New York. Suzanne Geiss Company opens next week by appointment only with ‘Cyclops Trannies’, an installation in Geiss’s office by assume vivid astro focus (avaf) a.k.a. Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide Pierson – regulars in the Deitch Projects program.
avaf have just finished developing ‘Gaga’s Workshop’ – a major collaboration with Lady Gaga for Barneys’ 2011 holiday campaign. The department store is plying a whole bunch of Gaga-endorsed products like the flaming nails above (only US$225 a pop!) in a dedicated space designed by avaf at their Madison Avenue store that opens tomorrow. And if you’re into this sort of stuff, you can buy it online here.
Deitch Projects founder Jeffrey Deitch has agreed to cease all commercial ventures, including gallery activity, following his appointment as Director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Renowned street artist Shepard Fairey’s first exhibition at Deitch Projects will also be the last ever at the gallery’s Wooster Street space. The gallery will shut its doors on June 1, 2010.
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.
Leg of Lamb wonders what this Jack-of-all-trades has in store for MoCA…