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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Museums Protest the Laying Off of the LA Times Art Reporter

Posted by on Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Jori Finkel is a great reporter, writer, and ideas person. Remember when she tangled with cruise ships selling art to passengers? That was back when she was working for the New York Times from her home base in LA.

Knowing how good she was, the LA Times snapped her up full-time, and for several years now, her work in LA has been measured, thorough, and slyly unconventional, the perfect counterpoint to Christopher Knight's balls-out criticism.

Strapped for cash, the LA Times has let her go in another round of layoffs. But more than a dozen museum directors—basically, everybody who runs a museum in Southern California—are protesting. They sent a letter yesterday to the editor of the Times, and they started a petition asking that the position be reinstated.

Like Culturegrrl, I don't think Finkel needs this job, but LA does need her—and at the very least, the city deserves an art reporter.

I signed the petition. Maybe you want to consider signing, too.


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treefort 1
The piece is very well researched and written, and Park West should be brought down for their scams. But I have a hard time feeling sorry for someone who pays 30k for a print without doing an ounce of research. How do people get to be that rich when they manage money that poorly?
Posted by treefort on July 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 2
What? The LA Times might prefer to devote scarce resources to covering state government, local government, prison strikes, schools, police, environmental issues, urban/suburban development trends, labor issues...? This will not stand! I demand that my niche industry catering primarily to the rich be fully covered!

Entitled fucks.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on July 11, 2013 at 10:52 AM · Report this
in your years of regional art writing have you noticed the general interest going up or down? I'm guessing Art is too slow [as is art writing] for the future. I'm referring to the white wall museum/paleo-media critic version of course.
Posted by carsten coolage on July 11, 2013 at 11:17 AM · Report this
They came for the art critics and I said nothing.

They came for the food critics and I said nothing.

Then they came for the political reporters and I said nothing.

Then they took Mudede away and everyone cheered and the art critics and the food critics and the political reporters were all rehired with back pay and a raise and benefits and vegan treats on Friday!
Posted by Send Him Back To Italy - One Way Ticket on July 11, 2013 at 3:04 PM · Report this

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