Art News has a piece exploring the firing of Helen Molesworth at MOCA in-depth, seeking to understand what the museum’s claims that she had been “undermining the museum.” The piece explores a series of public statements and quotes by the curator that were critical of MOCA and its programming choices. “Everything that happens in museums is a microcosm of what happens in the world,” she says in one quote. “I’ve been told that I have lot of ‘swagger’—code: gay, code: black. I have been told: Do I have to look at everything through the lens of identity politics?”
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Lehmann and wife, Chelsea-based art dealer, Rachel, have resided in New York since they moved from Geneva in 1992 and have been dedicated collectors of art for longer than 20 years.
Lehmann’s collection includes early works by Jeff Koons, Matthew Barney, Kara Walker, Jeff Wall and Gabriel Orozco. Notable works of his collection include Gilbert & George’s “Hands up”, Lisa Yuskavage’s “XLP” and Koon’s “Elephant”.
On contemporary artists:
“One of the problems artists today are going to face is that life, in general, is much longer than it used to be. You don’t have artists dying of tuberculosis or alcoholism when they are thirty-five or forty and leaving very interesting works – but very limited quantities, because their lives were limited. Now, most artists will probably live like everybody else until eighty, ninety or one hundred, and if they want to produce until the end, they’ll have problems, because their productive years will be much longer. Probably then you will see the difference between the good and the less good.”
Lindemann, Adam. Collecting Contemporary: Los Angeles, Taschen GmbH 2006.