Author: Matt Stromberg


Micro-Museum, Potters, and Revolutionary Artist win Made in L.A. 2014 Mohn Awards

  The votes are in and the recipients of the Made in L.A. 2014 Mohn Awards have been announced! Three awards were presented in conjunction with the Hammer Museum’s L.A. biennial, all funded by philanthropists and collectors Jarl and Pamela Mohn: the $100,000 Mohn Award chosen by a jury; the $25,000 Career Achievement Award, also […]

Jennifer Moon, There Is Nothing Left but Freedom, detail of You Can Kill My Body, but You Can’t Kill My Soul, 2013, Photograph. 56 x 53 ¾ in. Courtesy of Transmission Gallery, Glasgow. [via]

Baldessari, McCarthy on View at France’s Oldest Mint

John Baldessari, Your Name in Lights [via the Monnaie de Paris] When the oldest institution in France, the Monnaie de Paris, re-opens next month as a center dedicated to culture and commerce, it will showcase work by two of contemporary art’s biggest names. They are not Parisians, however, but Angelenos. John Baldessari’s Your Name in […]

John Baldessari, Your Name in Lights [via]

KChung Tells the Hammer to Get Better Rules

KChung TV [via] When the Hammer Museum introduced the $100,000 Mohn Award as part of its first Made in L.A. biennial two years ago, it generated quite a bit of controversy. A jury of experts narrowed the field down to five artists, whom the public then voted on to select the winner. Populists were outraged […]

KChung TV [via]

Three Newly-Unearthed Photo Series Show LA in the 1970s

Los Angeles is often characterized as a city that perpetually recreates itself, forgetting its own past in the process, but three series of recently unearthed photographs provide a glimpse of L.A. forty years ago. One of Michael Jang’s photos of CalArts’ early days [via] Michael Jang was a student at CalArts shortly after its […]

Three Newly-Unearthed Photo Series Show LA in the 1970s

LA’s MOCA Faces Upcoming Exhibition Gaps

Cameron, Aleister Crowley’s Guardian Angel, Photo by Alan Shaffer. Opens at MOCA PDC October 11. [via] LA’s MOCA has had a rocky road over the past few years, but with the appointment of new director Philippe Vergne and new chief curator Helen Molesworth earlier this year, not to mention an endowment topping $100 million […]

[Cameron, Aleister Crowley's Guardian Angel,  Photo by Alan Shaffer. via]

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 […]

“Social Pool” opens in Mojave Desert