Jeffrey Deitch has been heavily questions about the decision to remove the commissioned piece by Blu – which went on to be removed at the MOCA. (see coverage of the large scale mural here)
MOCA, which requested the mural in the spirit of its approaching Art in the Street exhibition only to promptly erase it, has issued an official statement deeming the mural “inappropriate.” The mural, painted on the north wall of the Geffen Contemporary, faces the nearby Veterans Administration; the statement emphasizes this juxtaposition as the reason for the effacement. Deitch confirmed the explanation, asserting that the mural was “insensitive.”
Deitch has long been a massive supported of protest and street art, and I think a lot of the talk around censorship came more from an unexpectidness, art bloggers and the like not thinking that Deitch was one to be concerned with the problems surrounding a piece like this.
Jeffrey Deitch has spoken out as to why, in an article by the LA Times.
“Look at my gallery website — I have supported protest art more than just about any other mainstream gallery in the country,” Deitch added. “But as a steward of a public institution, I have to balance a different set of priorities — standing up for artists and also considering the sensitivities of the community.”