Author: Matt Stromberg


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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Nobody Puts Eli in a Corner: Broad Sues over Pokey Panels

According to the New York Times, Billionaire art collector Eli Broad filed a $19.8 million lawsuit Friday against German company Seele Inc., for delays in fabricating the building blocks for the façade of his eponymous museum. Construction on the $140 million project, designed by Diller Scofidio & Renfro, began in 2012. Originally slated to open […]

Nobody Puts Eli in a Corner: Broad Sues over Pokey Panels

Made in L.A. Sneak Peek

The Hammer Museum has recently released a sneak peek video for their second biennial Made in L.A. exhibition. The show’s co-curators, Hammer chief curator Connie Butler and independent critic and curator Michael Ned Holte, have selected a tight group of 35 artists, down from 60 in 2012. Focusing on “emerging and under-recognized artists” from L.A., […]

Made in L.A. Sneak Peek