There’s been a lot of hand-wringing and second-guessing about Paul Schimmel’s departure from LA MoCA but Kelly Crow has the best retrospective quantifying Schimmel’s experience and legacy:
Mr. Schimmel, who is in mid-50s, has overseen the museum’s exhibition program for the past 22 years. He supervised at least 350 exhibits during his tenure and helped funnel over 5,000 works into its permanent collection. These include works by conceptual artists John Baldessari and Robert Gober, video artist Bruce Nauman, sculptor Charles Ray and photographer Diane Arbus.
A transplant from New York City, he is known for creating elaborate surveys that have elevated the international reputations of local favorites like Mr. Baldessari and Mike Kelley, an installation artist who died this year. (Mr. Schimmel serves as co-director of Mr. Kelley’s namesake foundation.)