The Art Angle Podcast: Jeffrey Deitch on How to Succeed in the Art Industry
This week, the veteran dealer, curator, and businessman calls in from Los Angeles.
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Jeffrey Deitch is that rare type of creative who has a keen understanding of business: he holds an undergraduate degree in art history from Wesleyan University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Further blurring boundaries, he launched his career with a lethal one-two punch working at an art gallery before joining Citibank, where he co-managed the art advisory division.
Before long, he rose to prominence as an art advisor and private dealer, while honing his own interests in street art and punk rock bands.
Widely considered to be the first person who bought a work by Jean-Michel Basquiat (he was also the first to write about him in a 1980 essay for Art in America), Deitch continued to evidence prescience in identifying burgeoning talent, as he helped mint the careers of Jeff Koons, Kehinde Wiley, and Cecily Brown in his eponymous gallery space in New York.
After conquering the East Coast art world, Deitch decamped for California, serving (an admittedly rocky term) as the director of MOCA in Los Angeles before returning to New York to run his own gallery, where he remains today.
On the penultimate episode of The Art Angle for 2020, Deitch talks everything from punk rock to pandemic struggles.
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