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MOCA calls Paul Schimmel exit 'amicable'

MOCA Los Angeles Media Preview Of Murakami

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(L-R) Paul Schimmel, Takashi Murakami, and Jeremy Strick pose together at the MOCA Los Angeles media preview of "(C) Murakami" at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in 2007. Schimmel, who took his leave as long-time curator Wednesday, staged popular shows like this one.

Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art and its longtime curator, Paul Schimmel, are parting ways.

Multiple gallery blogs reported his departure happened late Wednesday, and the L.A. Times reported that he had been fired, but MOCA's Thursday statement characterized Schimmel's exit differently: "Paul Schimmel is stepping down as MOCA's chief curator. It's amicable and there will be a release tomorrow."

In any case, the news of Schimmel's departure after 22 years at the museum quickly picked up steam on Twitter.

The Times reported that Schimmel is known for staging popular shows like the 2007 retrospective of the artist Takashi Murakami and is well-known and respected in the art world.

We're calling around for more on this. Stay tuned.

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