Author: Matt Stromberg


Machine Project Re-Animates Historic Gamble House

  For a city that is often characterized as lacking a historical memory, Los Angeles has a lot of love for its iconic architecture. Whether it’s modernist residences by Schindler, Neutra, or Lautner, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock and Ennis Houses, or scandal-tinged Greystone Mansion, Angelenos have a strong appreciation for these landmarks nestled among our […]

Gamble House with work by Jessica Cowley (l) and Patrick Ballard (r) (Photo by Ian Byers-Gamber)

Can the LA River Be Something More Than a Concrete Trough?

  The L.A. River has long been the butt of jokes, with many viewing it as little more than a dry, concrete-lined trough, but with renewed interest in the river as a natural site for recreation, and a $1 billion revitalization plan in the works, that is poised to change. Embodying this attitude is Play […]


Sexy Beast Gala Enlists Art to Benefit Planned Parenthood

The art world is often portrayed, rightly or wrongly, as being insular and self-absorbed, cut-off from the everyday concerns of real people in the real world. In contrast to this detached stereotype is Sexy Beast, an upcoming benefit and auction that aims to harness the power of the artistic community for a specific cause. All […]

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Stay/Go), 2007, pigment prints, 74 x 100 inches, ed. of 10 [via]

Daniel Rolnik Gallery brings Positive Vibes, Wizards to Santa Monica

  Daniel Rolnik, who calls himself “The World’s Most Adorable Art Critic,” will open his eponymous gallery in Santa Monica on Sept. 18 with its inaugural exhibition, Smile Isle. In addition to contributing to dozens of publications, the 25-year old impresario co-owns Intellectual Property Prints, runs Youtube channel For the Funk of It, and writes […]

Daniel Rolnik  - can he become the World's Most Adorable Dealer? [via]

Step and Repeat brings Performance Back to MOCA

Dynasty Handbag, photo by Ian Douglas [via] This Saturday, L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art kicks off Step and Repeat, a month of Saturday evenings full of “performance art, music, comedy, and poetry that marks MOCA’s return to live arts programming,” as their Tumblr states. Performers will come from all over the country, with a […]

Dynasty Handbag, photo by Ian Douglas [via]

My LA2050: Crowdsourcing for the greater good (and the bottom line)

  It used to be that the moneyed classes would dispense their endowments with scant input from the hoi polloi. The latest trend in philanthropy, however, is asking the public to vote on who is most deserving from amongst a group of competing applicants. First there was the Hammer Museum’s $25,000 Public Recognition Award, which […]


Art Apps: LACMA’s Snapchat and Miranda July’s Somebody

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art made cyber-news recently when Hyperallergic announced that they were the first museum to join Snapchat. A handful of other museums chimed in that they were also using the mobile image-sharing app popular with millennials, however with 40,000 Snapchat views, LACMA is clearly “killing it,” as LAist noted. Since […]

Miranda July's Somebody [via]

Deborah Sussman, Iconic Designer of Supergraphics, Dies at 83

  The design world lost one of its leading lights on Monday August 18th when Deborah Sussman passed away at her Los Angeles home. She was 83. The cause was breast cancer, according to her husband and partner Paul Prejza. Sussman was a pioneer in the field of environmental graphics – often called supergraphics – that leapt […]

Deborah Sussman [photo: Lauren Joliet for the New York Times]

The Duck Has Landed

  After touring the world’s waterways for the past seven years, Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck has finally arrived in California, pulling into the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday. There it sits alongside battleships and other vessels, anchored to a barge and illuminated until 11pm each night, as part of the Tall Ships Festival […]

The Rubber Ducks floats into LA [Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times]

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]