Author: Matt Stromberg

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UTA Plans New Division to Rep Contemporary Artists

As the worlds of high art and mass entertainment grow ever more enmeshed, United Talent Agency announced plans last week to launch a new division dedicated to repping contemporary artists. Headed by art attorney Joshua Roth, UTA Fine Arts will be looking to take on some of the roles traditionally played by galleries – and […]

UTA Plans New Division to Rep Contemporary Artists

Michael Asher’s UCSD Fountain Destroyed; Is A Disgruntled Street Artist to Blame?

UC San Diego lost one of its most iconic pieces of public art last month when a masked vandal destroyed Michael Asher’s untitled water fountain with a sledgehammer. It was the late conceptual artist’s only permanent outdoor public artwork in the US. According to San Diego 6, the artwork was attacked on January 13th by […]

Michael Asher, Untitled, 1991 (via stuartcollection.ucsd.edu)

Art Imitates Life: an Interview with Jeff Weiss of Weisslink

Artist Jeff Weiss doesn’t want you on his list. It’s not you; he’s just not interested in acquiring scores of followers, and couldn’t handle scores now anyway. As his list grows, so does the possibility that he may have to alter the format of Weisslink, the “nightly art / email mashup” that he’s sent out […]

Art Imitates Life: an Interview with Jeff Weiss of Weisslink

Car Salesman Hawks Joe Sola Paintings at Tif Sigfrids ALAC Booth

Although they traffic in the rarified world of high culture, art dealers are essentially shopkeepers. In this sense, they have more in common with, say, car salespeople than with curators. This comparison was brought to life Thursday night at the opening of Art Los Angeles Contemporary, where the person manning Tif Sigfrids’ booth literally was a […]

Joe Sola, "Car salespeople selling my paintings at Art Los Angeles Contemporary" (2015)

Show Me the Money! Museum As Retail Space to Open in DTLA

  Further evidence that the lines between the commercial and the curatorial continue to blur, a new gallery, Museum as Retail Space (MaRS), is set to open next month in Downtown Los Angeles. The connection between money and museums is nothing new, with collectors donating work and money to institutions and having wings named in […]

Museum As Retail Space [via marsgallery.net]

Generators of the Cylinder, Iconic Public Artwork, Re-Opens in DTLA

After laying dormant for the better part of a decade, an iconic piece of public art came blinking back to life last night in downtown Los Angeles. Michael Hayden’s Generators of the Cylinder originally made its debut along the exterior façade of the International Jewelry Center, across from Pershing Square, in 1982. Upon the building’s […]

Michael Hayden, Generators of the Cylinder, 1982, 270' x 11', Cylinders: 4' x 4' x 2', infrared sensors, holographically etched polycarbonate, stainless steel panels and neon lights (all photos by the author)

Hard Edge Painter June Harwood Dies at 81

Abstract painter June Harwood, whose crisp, geometric compositions made her a key member of the West Coast “Hard Edge” movement, passed away earlier this month at her Studio City home at the age of 81. Her death was confirmed in an email from her gallery, Louis Stern Fine Arts, where an already-planned exhibition of her […]

June Harwood, Colorform (Orange, Green, Violet), 1965, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches (via louissternfinearts.com)

Steve Turner Hangs Out His Shingle in Hollywood

  Like a tide of hopeful, wide-eyed actresses lured West with dreams of making it big, the migration of galleries to Hollywood’s burgeoning gallery district rolls on with no signs of stopping. The latest gallery to make the move is Steve Turner, who will be opening their new space on Santa Monica off Highland this […]

Steve Turner Hangs Out His Shingle in Hollywood

The Autry Invites Submissions for Public Art Project

  Nestled into a corner of Griffith Park, The Autry National Center of the American West keeps a low profile compared to flashier LA museums like LACMA, MOCA, and the forthcoming Broad. More than just cowboy culture, however, their singular commitment to art and artifacts of the West ranges from exhibitions like “California’s Designing Women,” […]

Your art here. [via autry.org]

New Book on Robert Irwin Finally Gets It Right

85 year-old artist Robert Irwin has been something of a chameleon over his long career. Beginning as a painter, Irwin came to prominence as a light and space pioneer in the 1960s, and since the 70s he’s focused on landscape projects and site-specific installations. What unites all his work, however, is the importance of the […]

New Book on Robert Irwin Finally Gets It Right