Grand Street Memories

© Jens Mortensen

Part visual gag (a coffee-table book that doubles as a coffee-table plate!), part nostalgia trip, all legacy-builder, Live the Art: 15 Years of Deitch Projects (Rizzoli) memorializes the seminal arts-and-entertainment mecca on Grand Street where gallerist Jeffrey Deitch nursed the careers of then-unknowns like Vanessa Beecroft, Cory Arcangel and Dan Colen; where Kehinde Wiley danced with a topless Pam Anderson; and where transgression met profit. By cementing Deitch’s reputation as an art-world oracle and sweeping his less successful MoCA interlude under the rug, the book perfectly sets the table for Deitch’s third act—whatever that may be.