Filling the Hole: Deitch Protégé Kathy Grayson Brings Monet’s Garden Into Her Gallery

And lots of emerging artists

Then there’s Jeffrey Deitch, with whom she has remained in close contact. Ms. Grayson assisted him with the Dash Snow portion of his wildly popular “Art in the Streets” exhibition at MoCA last year. And she carried on projects that he started, like the collaborative curation of the graffiti wall at Bowery and Houston.

Mr. Deitch, whose current contract at LAMoCA ends in June 2015, is still listed as the CEO of Eighteen Wooster Corporation, which owns the Wooster Street space that formerly housed a branch of his gallery, and is now rented by nonprofit art space the Swiss Institute. Asked if she thought he would ever return to New York, Ms. Grayson smiled coyly. “If he ever decides to leave the museum, I can’t picture him doing anything else but art stuff,” she said. “Maybe if he came back to New York, he’d reopen the gallery. I don’t know.”

If he comes back to New York, he may find himself a bit redundant. “We’re not at the Deitch Projects level, where we’re paying for an army of assistants, and artists’ studios, and getting them car service,” Ms. Grayson conceded, but quickly added, “I’d love to do that, maybe in a few years.” For now, she’s focused on tulips, lily pads, pond grasses and fish. “People are going to be like, ‘Did you see Monet’s gardens? They’re in New York.’”

rjovanovic@observer.com

The original article incorrectly stated that the artist Terence Koh is Chinese American. He is Chinese-born Canadian.

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