Author: Matt Stromberg

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Glasstire Travels to Mexico City

In the past decade or so, Mexico City has established itself as one of the most exciting and vibrant contemporary art centers of the 21st century. Even before recent developments like the Zona MACO Art Fair and the Jumex Museum though, the city has long been a vital artistic locale, where strands of modernism from […]

Sarah Minter. “Ojo en Rotación,” 2015

Micol Hebron Banned from Facebook for Posting Glasstire Article About Being Banned from Facebook

In a move that puts them in the running for the George Orwell censorship awards, Facebook has again temporarily banned LA-based artist Micol Hebron. As we previously reported, Hebron recently received a three-day suspension from the social networking site for violating their community standards regarding nudity, specifically female breasts. Hebron has been a vocal critic of […]

Facebook's message to Micol Hebron regarding her most recent suspension.

Artist Micol Hebron Back on Facebook After Temporary Ban

“I’m back on Facebook,” artist Micol Hebron told me on Monday, “but we’ll see how long it takes before they kick me off again.” She was temporarily banned from the social media site last Thursday after images she had posted were reported for violating Facebook’s “community standards” on nudity. Hebron has been a vocal critic […]

Micol Hebron's Internet Acceptable Male Nipple Template

LAX Unveils Three New Major Public Artworks

Of all the places you can go to see cutting-edge contemporary art, the airport is pretty low on the list. Airport art has the near impossible task of representing its home city to thousands, sometimes millions, of visitors from all over the world every year. Hobbled by conservative bureaucracy and safety concerns, airport art is […]

Mark Bradford, Bell Tower, 2014, Aluminum Structure, Wood/Paper Panels

Babs Promises Major Sargent Painting to LACMA

  With a career that spans from Broadway to Hollywood, Barbara Streisand is one of the most versatile contemporary entertainers, and last week she added a new role to her extensive resume: Arts Philanthropist. The Los Angeles County Museum announced a bequest commitment from Babs of a major John Singer Sargent portrait in honor of […]

John Singer Sargent, Mrs. Cazalet and Children Edward & Victor, 1900–01, Oil on canvas, 100 x 65 in., Promised gift of Barbra Streisand in honor of the museum’s 50th anniversary [via lacma.org]

The Last Bookstore Opens Arts and Rare Book Annex

For over a decade, pundits have been predicting the end of the brick and mortar bookstore, as big box behemoths like Borders and small independent shops alike have been laid low by online retailers. In the midst of this seemingly hostile climate, The Last Bookstore opened in a downtown LA loft in 2005, before moving to […]

The Last Bookstore's Arts and Rare Book Annex (all photos by the author for Glasstire)

Rachel Rosenthal, Pioneering Performance Artist, Dies at 88

  Legendary performance artist Rachel Rosenthal died of congestive heart failure at her Los Angeles home on Sunday, May 10. She was 88. Her death was announced by the Rachel Rosenthal Company, a theater and arts non-profit she founded in 1989. During her long career, Rosenthal pioneered a form of avant-garde theater featuring dance, music, […]

Rachel Rosenthal, photo by Michael Childers [via rachelrosenthal.org]

Who Says No One Walks in LA?

  It’s been said that nobody walks in LA, but this Saturday at least one hundred people will be traversing the streets of West Hollywood on foot as part of artist Richard Kraft’s 100 Walkers project. The participants will be dressed in suits and bowler hats and wearing sandwich boards featuring a wide array of images […]

Richard Kraft, 2 Walkers, Los Angeles [via onehundredwalkers.com]

“I take full responsibility for ‘Scary Lucy,'” says Artist

Scary Lucy, Zombie Lucy, Monster Lucy. Whatever you call her, you won’t be calling her that for long. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dave Poulin, the artist responsible for one of the most unintentionally terrifying and hilarious artistic gaffs since Beast Jesus, has apologized and agreed to “fix” his bronze statue of comedy legend Lucille […]

Dave Poulin's sculpture of Lucille Ball in Celoron, NY (via We Love Lucy! Get Rid of this Statue on Facebook)

Museums Join Drive to Save Land Surrounding Heizer’s “City”

  Since 1972, Michael Heizer has been working on his magnum opus “City,” a monumental complex of structures in the Nevada desert that measures a mile and a half by a quarter mile. Composed of concrete and compacted earth, the work’s minimalist, geometric forms share an affinity with sacred pre-Columbian architecture. After more than 40 years, […]

City by Michael Heizer (Photos: Tom Vinetz/© Triple Aught Foundation. via protectbasinandrange.org)