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And Then There Were None: Ed Ruscha Resigns From L.A. MOCA’s Now Artist-Free Board [UPDATE]

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On Thursday John Baldessari announced he was resigning from the board of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art’s board of trustees in protest; this weekend he was joined by Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie; and today the embattled museum’s only remaining artist board member, Ed Ruscha, has resigned.

The L.A. Times reports that Ruscha’s wife Danna Ruscha revealed the resignation in a Facebook comment she left on the page of the paper’s art critic and journalist Christopher Knight that read: “‎Christopher Knight, Ed has resigned. i guess they haven’t announced it yet.” The contents of the comment, time-stamped this morning at 8:23, has since been confirmed by L.A. MOCA.

Ruscha’s departure leaves the museum’s board of trustees without a single artist following the string of resignations in protest of the institution’s curatorial direction in the wake of longtime chief curator Paul Schimmel sudden departure.

— Benjamin Sutton

UPDATE: Culture Monster has the full text of Ed Ruscha’s letter to Deitch, which is just as pithy and laconic as the California artist’s work. Check it out below.

I hereby submit my resignation from the position I occupy on the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Board of Trustees.  My defection may look obvious, but it will be all the better for the museum, which is on a course different than I imagined, but one I hope to support in the future.

Sincerely,
Ed Ruscha

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