Author: Matt Stromberg

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Generators of the Cylinder, Iconic Public Artwork, Re-Opens in DTLA

After laying dormant for the better part of a decade, an iconic piece of public art came blinking back to life last night in downtown Los Angeles. Michael Hayden’s Generators of the Cylinder originally made its debut along the exterior façade of the International Jewelry Center, across from Pershing Square, in 1982. Upon the building’s […]

Michael Hayden, Generators of the Cylinder, 1982, 270' x 11', Cylinders: 4' x 4' x 2', infrared sensors, holographically etched polycarbonate, stainless steel panels and neon lights (all photos by the author)

Hard Edge Painter June Harwood Dies at 81

Abstract painter June Harwood, whose crisp, geometric compositions made her a key member of the West Coast “Hard Edge” movement, passed away earlier this month at her Studio City home at the age of 81. Her death was confirmed in an email from her gallery, Louis Stern Fine Arts, where an already-planned exhibition of her […]

June Harwood, Colorform (Orange, Green, Violet), 1965, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches (via louissternfinearts.com)

Steve Turner Hangs Out His Shingle in Hollywood

  Like a tide of hopeful, wide-eyed actresses lured West with dreams of making it big, the migration of galleries to Hollywood’s burgeoning gallery district rolls on with no signs of stopping. The latest gallery to make the move is Steve Turner, who will be opening their new space on Santa Monica off Highland this […]

Steve Turner Hangs Out His Shingle in Hollywood

The Autry Invites Submissions for Public Art Project

  Nestled into a corner of Griffith Park, The Autry National Center of the American West keeps a low profile compared to flashier LA museums like LACMA, MOCA, and the forthcoming Broad. More than just cowboy culture, however, their singular commitment to art and artifacts of the West ranges from exhibitions like “California’s Designing Women,” […]

Your art here. [via autry.org]

New Book on Robert Irwin Finally Gets It Right

85 year-old artist Robert Irwin has been something of a chameleon over his long career. Beginning as a painter, Irwin came to prominence as a light and space pioneer in the 1960s, and since the 70s he’s focused on landscape projects and site-specific installations. What unites all his work, however, is the importance of the […]

New Book on Robert Irwin Finally Gets It Right

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)