Author: Matt Stromberg

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Babs Promises Major Sargent Painting to LACMA

  With a career that spans from Broadway to Hollywood, Barbara Streisand is one of the most versatile contemporary entertainers, and last week she added a new role to her extensive resume: Arts Philanthropist. The Los Angeles County Museum announced a bequest commitment from Babs of a major John Singer Sargent portrait in honor of […]

John Singer Sargent, Mrs. Cazalet and Children Edward & Victor, 1900–01, Oil on canvas, 100 x 65 in., Promised gift of Barbra Streisand in honor of the museum’s 50th anniversary [via lacma.org]

The Last Bookstore Opens Arts and Rare Book Annex

For over a decade, pundits have been predicting the end of the brick and mortar bookstore, as big box behemoths like Borders and small independent shops alike have been laid low by online retailers. In the midst of this seemingly hostile climate, The Last Bookstore opened in a downtown LA loft in 2005, before moving to […]

The Last Bookstore's Arts and Rare Book Annex (all photos by the author for Glasstire)

Rachel Rosenthal, Pioneering Performance Artist, Dies at 88

  Legendary performance artist Rachel Rosenthal died of congestive heart failure at her Los Angeles home on Sunday, May 10. She was 88. Her death was announced by the Rachel Rosenthal Company, a theater and arts non-profit she founded in 1989. During her long career, Rosenthal pioneered a form of avant-garde theater featuring dance, music, […]

Rachel Rosenthal, photo by Michael Childers [via rachelrosenthal.org]

Who Says No One Walks in LA?

  It’s been said that nobody walks in LA, but this Saturday at least one hundred people will be traversing the streets of West Hollywood on foot as part of artist Richard Kraft’s 100 Walkers project. The participants will be dressed in suits and bowler hats and wearing sandwich boards featuring a wide array of images […]

Richard Kraft, 2 Walkers, Los Angeles [via onehundredwalkers.com]

“I take full responsibility for ‘Scary Lucy,'” says Artist

Scary Lucy, Zombie Lucy, Monster Lucy. Whatever you call her, you won’t be calling her that for long. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dave Poulin, the artist responsible for one of the most unintentionally terrifying and hilarious artistic gaffs since Beast Jesus, has apologized and agreed to “fix” his bronze statue of comedy legend Lucille […]

Dave Poulin's sculpture of Lucille Ball in Celoron, NY (via We Love Lucy! Get Rid of this Statue on Facebook)

Museums Join Drive to Save Land Surrounding Heizer’s “City”

  Since 1972, Michael Heizer has been working on his magnum opus “City,” a monumental complex of structures in the Nevada desert that measures a mile and a half by a quarter mile. Composed of concrete and compacted earth, the work’s minimalist, geometric forms share an affinity with sacred pre-Columbian architecture. After more than 40 years, […]

City by Michael Heizer (Photos: Tom Vinetz/© Triple Aught Foundation. via protectbasinandrange.org)

Rosamund Felsen Leaves Santa Monica for Downtown

The new Rosamund Felsen space, still under construction [photo by the author] After twenty years in Santa Monica, veteran gallerist Rosamund Felsen is packing up and heading east. An email statement sent by the gallery last week announced their plans to relocate to 1923 South Santa Fe Ave. next month. They will be sharing the […]

The new Rosamund Felsen space, still under construction (photo by the author)

UTA Plans New Division to Rep Contemporary Artists

As the worlds of high art and mass entertainment grow ever more enmeshed, United Talent Agency announced plans last week to launch a new division dedicated to repping contemporary artists. Headed by art attorney Joshua Roth, UTA Fine Arts will be looking to take on some of the roles traditionally played by galleries – and […]

UTA Plans New Division to Rep Contemporary Artists

Michael Asher’s UCSD Fountain Destroyed; Is A Disgruntled Street Artist to Blame?

UC San Diego lost one of its most iconic pieces of public art last month when a masked vandal destroyed Michael Asher’s untitled water fountain with a sledgehammer. It was the late conceptual artist’s only permanent outdoor public artwork in the US. According to San Diego 6, the artwork was attacked on January 13th by […]

Michael Asher, Untitled, 1991 (via stuartcollection.ucsd.edu)

Art Imitates Life: an Interview with Jeff Weiss of Weisslink

Artist Jeff Weiss doesn’t want you on his list. It’s not you; he’s just not interested in acquiring scores of followers, and couldn’t handle scores now anyway. As his list grows, so does the possibility that he may have to alter the format of Weisslink, the “nightly art / email mashup” that he’s sent out […]

Art Imitates Life: an Interview with Jeff Weiss of Weisslink