NEW CANVAS: Jeffrey Nemeroff, longtime art director at Architectural Digest, has left the magazine, not long after butting heads with the magazine’s famously tough-talking editor in chief, Paige Rense.
Nemeroff, who like much of the magazine’s editorial staff is based in California, is also a painter who recently had a show at the Neuhoff Gallery in New York. In May, New York magazine’s Daily Intel blog reported Rense had called designers to discourage them from attending Nemeroff’s opening and celebratory dinner. Rense told New York’s Steve Fishman designers believed Architectural Digest was directly involved and felt pressured to purchase a painting. She also said she had been “blindsided” by the event, though the gallery owner was quoted saying Rense had given the show her blessing months earlier.
A spokeswoman for Architectural Digest (which is owned by WWD parent Condé Nast Publications) confirmed Nemeroff had left the company, and that his deputy, the New York-based George Moscahldes, had been promoted to the post. Nemeroff did not respond to requests for comment.
— Irin Carmon