Photographer Catherine Opie was one of four major artists to resign from the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art amid controversy last summer. Following the resignation of chief curator Paul Schimmel and questionable curation practices of Jeffrey Deitch in his place, Opie, John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger and Ed Ruscha all parted ways with the museum, leaving no artists left on the board. Yet Opie recently revealed her intentions for leaving extended beyond Schimmel's departure.In an interview with the L.A. Times, Opie explained that although Baldessari's leave was influential in her decision to resign, the final straw was a personal slight involving a friend.
“I had just given them a portfolio to sell to save a person’s job in education. And it equaled about $150,000, and literally the next day they let that person go... That to me was very insulting.”
Opie has also expressed concerns about the changing direction of the museum, explaining: "The museum is taking such a different direction now... What concerns me is seeing the museum embracing more celebrity and fashion."
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