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Jeffery Dietch closes up shop in New York in preparation for his new career choice as Director of LA MOCA. Apparently, Dietch must close down his projects and desist his own private funding of artists projects. Such a move from the private to the public art sector has not been made by such a powerhouse mogul. What will happen to the artists he has been faithfully supporting? Will they be collected by the MOCA? Is that a conflict of interest for the institution? – well, only if Dietch would be making money off of the purchase and the MOCA has made it clear that this is unacceptable practice for the Director of a public institution. Time will only tell how this public/private relationship will turn out – this is for sure a fire that needs to be fanned and watched closely.


some opinions on the subject:

Los Angeles TIMES
Lee Rosenbaum’s Culture Grrl Blog
Vandalog – a street art and graff blog with lots of great photos of some of Dietch’s artists projects in motion.

Exposition of the Ukrainian Pavilion at 53rd Venice Biennial
The Ukrainian pavilion was the one I kept talking about this summer when I was in Venice. Anyone who asked me which pavilion they shouldn’t miss Ukraine was my answer. It really was able to pull you into an environment of whimsy and magic – I was describing it as a surrealist house of horrors.
Ukraine is also home to my favorite billionaire! Victor Pinchuk #246 on Forbes list of Billionaires

Victor Pinchuk (left) pictured here with wife Elena and artist Damien Hirst


This is the man behind the biggest and soon to be most important art prize of this century. With a winning purse of $100,000 and secondary prizes of $20,000 shortlisted artists will be asked to participate in an exhibition at the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev. As if that wasn’t good enough the most interesting and possibly most important part of the prize is that the winner will be mentored by some of Pinchuk’s favorite artists Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Andreas Gursky, and Takashi Murakami.
You can watch a short video of the mentoring artists talking about their involvement with the prize on the new website www.futuregenerationartprize.org
You can also check out the other great things he is doing through his foundation pinchukfund.org

Applications will be accepted from artists under 35 starting Jan 18 – April 18 2010 through the art prize website www.futuregenerationartprize.org so get it together and apply!