Last night a person going by "Little Nemo" left a strong comment on the Spiegelman/Jewish Museum-Newark Museum business I posted about recently. As his pseudonym suggests, Little Nemo knows a thing or two about comics, and he elaborated on his comment in email, from which I now quote with permission:
In re-skimming Spiegelman’s LA letter, he also disagrees with the show being split into two venues. When it started in LA, the show was split exactly the same way between The Hammer and LA MOCA . . .and Spiegelman participated fully in the show at that time (the two LA venues are furthermore roughly equivalent in both the distance and the commuting time separating them as the two east coast venues). True there was maybe 20% more work on view in LA—but if visitors truly read each strip in the show they’d be in for a long haul of reading even in the abridged versions and I think, in the main, the editing has served the whole well.
I foolishly hadn't thought about it, but of course a show organized by two LA institutions would have been shown jointly between them, as is now happening with the Jewish Museum and Newark. It is truly unfortunate that, in his pique or misplaced anxiety, Spiegelman saw fit to both denigrate those institutions and remove his work. He looks smaller as a result.