Author: Matt Stromberg

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LACMA’s Bookstore Plans a Series of Radical Makeovers in 2015

  LACMA made headlines this past summer when it released updated plans of its proposed $650 million re-design by Peter Zumthor, but it will be years before the project is completed – provided the they are even able to raise that staggering sum. For those who crave immediate architectural gratification, however, a series of more […]

Rendering of Tornado Shelves [courtesy of wHY]

Art You Can Afford + Love at the 5 Car Garage Sale

  With the art market on a seemingly out-of-control upward spiral, the idea of collecting art may seem unrealistic for all but a select few. Santa Monica-based gallerist Emma Gray is aiming to change that with her second annual 5 Car Garage Sale. Gray founded her gallery, 5 Car Garage – literally a converted garage […]

5 car garage sale. Pictured work by Bari Ziperstein, Kayla Hansen, and Max Maslansky [via 5 car garage's instagram]

Kendrick Lamar’s m.A.A.d. Film to Screen at MOCA in 2015

  Hip-hop and high art have a rich history together – from Fab 5 Freddy’s Soup Can graffiti, to Jay-Z’s Picasso Baby, to the Wu-Tang Clan’s single copy album museum tour. The latest rapper to make the jump from the street to the white cube is Compton’s native son Kendrick Lamar. Lamar’s debut album good […]

m.A.A.d. still [via okayplayer.com]

Hungarian Researcher Watches Cheesy Kids’ Movie, Finds Long-Lost Painting

  When Hollywood takes on stories of looted or missing art, they are inevitably spiced up with action and sex. Consider this year’s The Monuments Men, set in Europe during the last days of WWII, or Entrapment (1999), which prominently featured a catsuit-clad Catherine Zeta-Jones shimmying acrobatically under a laser beam. The reality of recovering […]

Scene from Stuart Little [via  the guardian.com]

Lewis Baltz, New Topographics Photographer, dies at 69

  The photographer Lewis Baltz, one the seminal figures of the New Topographics movement of the 1960s and 70s, died on Sunday. He was 69 years old. Baltz’s straightforward, deadpan images of the American built environment were prime examples of the new wave of American landscape photography. Along with Robert Adams, Stephen Shore, Henry Wessel […]

Lewis Baltz, “South Wall, Mazda Motors, 2121 East Main Street, Irvine,” 1974 from “The New Industrial Parks near Irvine, California.” Gelatin silver print (via The Washington Post)

UCSB Starts 1st Undergrad Museum Studies Program in CA

MoMA’s Klaus Biesenbach as UCSB’s Gaucho. Anyone who has studied art history has at one time or another been asked, “What are you going to do with that?” by skeptical family members or friends. The presumption that an art history degree is impractical, that it will give the recipient little professional preparation, goes all the way […]

MoMA's Klaus Biesenbach as the UCSB Gaucho.

Tibetan Monks Create, Promptly Destroy Sand Painting

  It’s been over 100 years since Kandinsky first published On the Spiritual in Art, however in the ensuing century, the contemporary art world has taken on an increasingly materialistic bent. In opposition to this trend, for two weeks recently a group of artists at the Hammer Museum has been working on a project that […]

screenshot of the Mandala livecast [via hammer.ucla.edu]

Various Small Fires Re-opens in Hollywood

  Various Small Fires re-opens tonight in its new location on North Highland, making it the latest addition to Hollywood’s growing gallery cluster. The newly remodeled 5000 square foot complex will feature a main gallery space, outdoor sculpture court, and a sound corridor designed specifically for presentations of sound art. We spoke with gallery founder […]

Various Small Fires' new Hollywood location [photo by Esther Kim Varet]

Border Blaster Brings Back the Music Video Show

Unless you’re a millennial, you remember a time when music videos were played on TV. There used to be two entire channels (on basic cable!) devoted to showing nothing but videos, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And there were actual themed video shows: Yo! MTV Raps for Hip-Hop, Headbangers Ball for Metal, […]

the video for Fitness Forever's song "Cosmos" is a retro vision of real Italian Italo Disco. [via KCET.org]