Author: Matt Stromberg


Mat Gleason to Judge New Body Painting Show

  As recently reported on Artnet, critic and gallery owner Mat Gleason will be a judge on the upcoming body painting competition show “Skin Wars: Fresh Paint.” The one-hour television event is a spin-off of the Game Show Network’s most popular program, “Skin Wars,” which pits aspiring body painters against each other for a $100,000 […]

from left: Master body painter Emma Cammack, Mat Gleason, and [photo courtesy Game Show Network]

Perform Chinatown’s Curator Talks Rush Hour, Shia LaBeouf, and the Magic of Chinatown

This Saturday, over forty performers of all stripes will descend on LA’s Chinatown for the sixth edition of the all-day performance art festival Perform Chinatown. Glasstire Socal caught up with this year’s curator, Molly Jo Shea, as she sat in freeway traffic, about her connection to the neighborhood, this year’s theme – Rush Hour, and […]

Perform Chinatown: Rush Hour logo designed by Michelle Andrade

Joe Sola’s Equestrian Abstraction

  Forty years ago, Joseph Beuys famously spent three days in a gallery with a coyote. More recently, a purple legged dog named Human roamed the corridors of Pierre Huyghe’s LACMA retrospective, and earlier this year Jannis Kounellis stabled a dozen horses inside Gavin Brown’s enterprise for a restaging of his 1969 piece “Untitled (12 […]

Installation view of A Painted Horse by Joe Sola (with Matthew Chambers, Sayre Gomez, Rudy K Slobeck, and others) [photo  courtesy of TIF SIGFRIDS, photo credit: Gina Clyne Photography]

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]

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]