More MOCA Louis Vuitton Art Talk
This year’s third and last of the “MOCA Louis Vuitton Art Talks” took place Oct. 16 at museum director Jeffrey Deitch’s historic home, originally built in 1929 by a railroad tycoon and later shared by Cary Grant and Randolph Scott. A fundraiser for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the series consisted of conversations with prominent artists in private homes.
Barbara Kruger, whose artwork concerns power, money, women and other issues, was the day’s guest artist. At prior Art Talks, Deitch spoke with artist John Currin at Larry Gagosian’s home and with artist Ed Ruscha at Bruce Karatz and event chair Lilly Tartikoff Karatz’ home.
Inside Deitch’s home, dramatic contemporary paintings and sculptures sat amid the wrought iron railings, tiled staircases, decorative wooden moldings and other classic appointments of California’s Spanish-style homes. In this unique art-filled setting, Deitch introduced Kruger to a crowd that included artist Ed Moses, Alexandra Von Furstenberg and Dax Miller, Sela Ward and Howard Sherman, Catherine and Amir Heshmatpour, Toni Wald and Lena Wald, Jarl Mohn, Pamela West, Lauren King, Kelly Wearstler, Jon Holman, Blair LaPorte, Judy Chang, Melissa Lilley, Jane Siegal, Kathy Taslitz and Lizzie Tartikoff. Among those representing Louis Vuitton were Charles Delapalme and Anne Catherine Grimal.
Calling Kruger “one of the rare artists who also expanded the concept of what a work of art is,” Deitch described the artist’s work as “a unique fusion of modernist art history, graphic design, advertising, social engagement, and more recently, film, theater and architecture.”
Kruger said the art world was scary place for women when she first became an artist. “When I was a kid you watched television and every woman on TV had an apron on,” she said. “Now they all have nothing on,” she added. “Still, I am not nostalgic at all.”
She went on to say that despite our troubling times, she believed the art world a better place. “There are struggles everywhere, including where we are now, but nevertheless in the arts there are more and more people of different races and genders and sexual persuasions, who can call themselves artists now, who can visualize and texturize and musicalize their experience in the world in a way that never was before.”
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MOCA Louis Vuitton Art Talk
Published Oct. 17, 2011 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA