01/29/2013 09:19 am ET Updated Jan 29, 2013

Catherine Opie's Real Reason For Resigning From MOCA And More Arts News

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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New Model for Museums?: While most museums rely on annual contributions for financial support, the Peabody Essex Museum is changing their game plan. Director Dan Monroe is working on a transformative model that looks beyond annual donations, which dwindle in tough times. "The entire financial equation for museums is going to change significantly over the next decade and a half," Monroe said. (The Wall Street Journal)

Van Gogh's Bedroom Hits the Road: Vincent's famed topsy-turvy bedroom is heading from the Musée d’Orsay to the The Detroit Institute of Arts beginning February 19. The temperamental artist described his color choices as follows: "The pale, lilac walls, the uneven, faded red of the floor, the chrome-yellow chairs and bed, the pillows and sheet in very pale lime green, the blood-red blanket, the orange-colored wash stand, the blue wash basin, and the green window…I wanted to express absolute repose with these different colors." (ArtDaily)

Kitsch: Love It or Hate It?: Kitsch is defined as "art, objects or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way." How do you grapple with the aesthetic? Jonathan Jones asks some burning questions... (The Guardian)

Vermeer's LA Moment: While Johannes Vermeer's most famed work, "Girl with a Pearl Earring," is in San Francisco for the spring, his lesser-known masterpiece "Woman in Blue Reading a Letter" will reside at the J. Paul Getty Museum beginning February 16. This is the only US stop on the tour, folks! (Press Release)

Despite A Criminal Investigation, the Ballet Continues: In the aftermath of Sergei Filin's acid attack, dancers continue to pursue their mission of dance. "Captains change, but the ship keeps sailing on," a stagehand said. (The New York Times)

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