Author: Matt Stromberg


Hans Ulrich Obrist to Moderate Instagram Talk

[Hans Ulrich Obrist on the left, via] If you have an Instagram account – there are currently over 200 million users – you may have noticed the recent proliferation of artists using the image-sharing app. Everyone’s got their list of the top ten, fifteen or 134 artists to follow. (Ai Wei Wei, Richard Prince, and Vik Muniz […]

[Hans Ulrich Obrist on the left, via]

Public Art in Billboard Form

Roy McMakin, Favorite Color, 2010 [via] Public art is commonly (and often rightfully) criticized for being too safe and inoffensive. Public funds demand public consensus, which means we are usually left with the lowest common denominator – something that no one could possibly be offended or inspired by. André Breton famous dictum – “Beauty […]

Roy McMakin, Favorite Color, 2010 [via]

LACMA Considers Gehry Skyscraper

LACMA recently announced that it would be revising its Peter Zumthor-designed expansion to span Wilshire Boulevard, and now it may be adding a skyscraper to this plan. According to Los Angeles Times’ architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne, museum officials are in the very early stages of talks with LA Metro and other property owners to build […]


Ruscha Tops List of Most Expensive Living West Coast Artists

The numbers are in and Ed Ruscha tops the list of the 10 Most Expensive Living West Coast Artists, according to ArtNet. His Burning Gas Station (1965-66) sold for almost $7 million at Christie’s in 2007. The rest of the list is dominated by L.A.-based artists and includes punk pioneer Raymond Pettibon, master of the […]

Ed Ruscha, Burning Gas Station (1965-66), (via

“Social Pool” opens in Mojave Desert

If you’re an Angeleno who wants to cool off this summer with a dip in the pool, but aren’t lucky enough to have access to one, you’re in luck — provided you have a car, a full tank of gas, a GPS, and don’t mind wandering around the Mojave Desert, that is. As the Los […]

(via LA Times / Alfredo Barsuglia)

Jeffrey Deitch to Partner with Grammy Museum for EDM Show

He’s back: a year after resigning his position as director of MOCA, Jeffrey Deitch has reportedly partnered with Los Angeles’ Grammy Museum to curate an exhibition on Electronic Dance Music (what the kids call EDM), according to the Wall Street Journal. They are planning to open the traveling show at a large warehouse space in […]

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Citing Tar Pits, Zumthor Redraws LACMA Plan

One of the nice things about designing a museum that looks like an ink blot is that entire sections can be redrawn without completely scrapping the original plan. Such is the case with Swiss architect Peter Zumthor’s proposed transformation of LACMA, according to the New York Times. His original design had been criticized by the […]

via the New York Times

Bergamot Station Re-Development Plan Turns Ugly

[via Santa Monica Daily Press] When the L.A. Metro Expo Line station opens next to Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station in early 2016, it will provide a cheap and easy way for thousands of Angelenos to visit the arts center. While this may seem like a boon for the galleries there, residents are divided over the […]

Bergamot Station Re-Development Plan Turns Ugly

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel Announces New Arts District Location

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, the art supergroup composed of two parts international mega-gallery Hauser & Wirth and one part former MOCA chief curator Paul Schimmel, announced on Friday their new location in Los Angeles’ arts district, according to the Los Angeles Times. Schimmel’s merger with Hauser & Wirth was announced last May, almost a year […]

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