Scenes from Jeffrey Deitch’s Star-Studded Final Show

With his move to take over at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art coming just around the corner, Jeffrey Deitch had already said goodbye to New York via podcast, but it was finally time to do it in person. With the mural now in place, the final show at Deitch Projects opened up this weekend, showing new work by Shepard Fairey, featuring lots of revolutionaries in the artist’s familiar style (the fact that it opened on May 1st, and was even called “May Day,” feels a little forced, but what can you do?). And since both Deitch and Fairey are both familiar spotlight types and this was an extra special occasion, it wasn’t just lots of dissidents on display, but celebrities as well. Art Info was on the ground at the event, putting together this batch of photos, as well as some details of the gallerist’s last hurrah. Here’s a bit:

Inside that cordon, Deitch bounded about in a pastel-pink suit, a knit red tie around his crisp white collar, chatting with luminaries that included writer Salman Rushdie, actor Adrien Brody, and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, who was also spotted last week at a party for the new Basquiatdocumentary. (Interestingly enough, one of Fairey’s portraits showed that legendary late street artist, once a close confederate of Deitch.)

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