This article is one part of a two-part look at Philippe Vergne’s departure from the Dia Foundation to lead MOCA Los Angeles. For the other part, please click here.
As snow fell on Downtown Manhattan on Monday afternoon, Heiner Friedrich, a 75-year-old German with a piercing gaze behind round glasses, sat in a Tribeca café discussing Dia, the art foundation he cofounded 40 years ago.
The past year had been difficult, he told me between sips of hot water. Though he is no longer involved with Dia’s operations—he was forced out during financial turmoil in 1985 and is now an emeritus board member—he had watched its director, Philippe Vergne, and the current board sell work by artists who had been his friends and collaborators—Cy Twombly, Barnett Newman and John Chamberlain—to help acquire pieces that had been on long-term loan to Dia’s 240,000-square-foot museum in Beacon, N.Y. Read More