Art blogger Tyler Green caught a little heat over the weekend for tweeting some uncomplimentary things about Dennis Hopper, who died on Saturday at the age of 74, on Twitter. User @museumnerd, a popular but anonymous microblogger with more than 16,000 followers on Twitter, called Mr. Green out for saying Hopper was not an “accomplished” photographer a few hours after his death was reported. “Way to kick a guy when he’s dead,” Museum Nerd wrote in response to Mr. Green’s remark. “It’s just rather ridiculously insensitive… I’m not arguing about the merits of Dennis Hopper’s work. Also… We’re done here.” The scolding prompted Mr. Green to tweet defiantly that Hopper’s death didn’t suddenly make him a good artist.
There were a few more back-and-forths (MuseumNerd wondered at one point whether Mr. Green was going to “talk smack” about Gary Coleman’s career, too.) Sometime between then and now, something weird happened: Mr. Green deleted the offending posts. It was an out-of-character capitulation for the reliably cranky provocateur, who is known in the art press for being stubbornly dedicated to his beliefs. We asked Mr. Green what the deal was. He responded from his Blackberry while doing a little Memorial Day shopping at IKEA.
“I deleted a tweet b/c I thought I could engage with a reader succinctly,” Mr. Green wrote. “I was wrong. The thought was not communicatable in 140 chars.”
Now you know!