Shana Nys Dambrot
Shana Nys Dambrot

Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Los Angeles. She is currently LA Editor for Whitehot Magazine, Contributing Editor for Art Ltd., Arts Editor for Vs. Magazine, and a contributor to the LA Weekly, Flaunt, and the Huffington
Post. Formerly Managing Editor at Flavorpill.com, her other publications have included Modern Painters, Art Review, Artweek, ARTnews, The Believer, tema celeste, Angeleno, Art Asia Pacific, Bluecanvas, Scene, Coagula, and Juxtapoz. She studied Art
History at Vassar College, writes loads of essays for art books and exhibition catalogs, curates one or two exhibitions each year, is a novice photographer, and speaks in public with alarming frequency. An account of her activities is sometimes updated
at www.sndx.net.

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LOCATION: Downtown Los Angeles, Old Bank District

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ShanaNysDambrot

EXPERTISE: Building bridges and finding patterns among unlikely phenomena, starting with art and sweeping out from there.

INSPIRATION: Digression.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN YOUR AREA: Maguire Gardens at the Central Library

ARTIST/CREATIVE YOU'D WANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH: Simon Schama

MOST OVER-HYPED ARTIST: David Hockney

PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: The Roots

WHY YOU LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE: The view out my window from the 12th floor of a 100-year old building, past interior brick walls and exterior concrete volutes, across towering neon rooftop signs, to the twinkling lights of the industrial lands to the south and east. This old hotel is haunted, definitely by old writers’ ghosts. It’s the best place to write I’ve ever found.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?: The constant challenge and rich opportunities it offers to learn something new every day. It’s also my biggest fear -- that I’ll miss something important!

Recent Articles
Marjorie Cameron: Woman on the Verge
Marjorie Cameron: Woman on the Verge
The new exhibition "Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman," revisits the legacy of Marjorie Cameron, a towering figure of mid-century counterculture and subversive art in L.A.
Cleared for Take Off: Public Art at LAX
Cleared for Take Off: Public Art at LAX
A contemporary arts festival at LAX explores the visual dynamics of air travel.
Expedition Painter Danielle Eubank's Body of Water Works
Expedition Painter Danielle Eubank's Body of Water Works
Danielle Eubank's gets closer to her goal of painting all the world's oceans as she prepares to leave for a month-long voyage to the Arctic Circle north of Norway.
Tony Greene's Posthumous Triple Feature
Tony Greene's Posthumous Triple Feature
An active figure in the LGBTQ community before his death of AIDS in 1990, Tony Greene's artwork is being represented in three major exhibitions this year.
Writers with Drinks: Reza Aslan's Raucous Literary Salon at DBA
Writers with Drinks: Reza Aslan's Raucous Literary Salon at DBA
Reza Aslan, host of "The Writer's Room," talks about the literary community in Los Angeles and his new literary salon series in West Hollywood.
Dave Pressler: Seven Minutes in Space
Dave Pressler: Seven Minutes in Space
L.A. artist Dave Pressler is poised to become the first professional artist in space.
SoCal Represents at Paris Photo L.A. 2014
SoCal Represents at Paris Photo L.A. 2014
Paris Photo Los Angeles explores how artists have been and are using photography and moving image in their work in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Cleon Peterson at the End of the World
Cleon Peterson at the End of the World
Cleon Peterson's shadowy figures mete out violence in images that could just as well depict justice as they do barbarity.
The Mistake Room: The L.A. Art World's Next Big Thing
The Mistake Room: The L.A. Art World's Next Big Thing
In the L.A. art scene, there has been a lack of the grassroots middle. The Mistake Room, a new gallery space in downtown's industrial core, seeks to fill the void.
California Artists in the 2014 Whitney Biennial
California Artists in the 2014 Whitney Biennial
More than a quarter of artists in the 2014 Whitney Biennial are from California, offering west coast representation in an exhibition that is heavy with New York artists.
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