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., Art Editor for VS. Magazine, a featured arts writer and blogger at the LA Weekly, a contributor to Flaunt Magazine, Bluecanvas, and KCET’s transmedia culture program, Artbound. Formerly Managing Editor at Flavorpill.com and Art + Books Editor at LA CANVAS, other publications have included Modern Painters, Art Review, Artweek, ARTnews, the Believer, tema celeste, Angeleno, Art Asia Pacific, Coagula, and Juxtapoz. She has written essays for scores of exhibition catalogs and artist-monographs, curates a handful of exhibitions each year, and speaks in public with alarming frequency. A full 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
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.
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.
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.
Eames Demetrios: Geographer of a Parallel Universe
Eames Demetrios: Geographer of a Parallel Universe
Eames Demetrios places physical markers around the world commemorating sites of historical significance that refer to the realms of Kcymaerxthaere.
Alison O'Daniel: A New Sensibility of Blended Senses
Alison O'Daniel: A New Sensibility of Blended Senses
Alison O'Daniel's multi-disciplinary work combines video, sculpture, and soundscapes that are informed by her hearing-impairment.
Arts ReSTORE L.A. and an Art-Based Economy
Arts ReSTORE L.A. and an Art-Based Economy
Arts ReSTORE L.A. partners cultural institutions with local business districts and civic-minded foundations to revitalize flagging neighborhood economies with an influx of culture-based operations.
Jim Mahfood: Frenetic Illustrations and Cosmic Comic Books
Jim Mahfood: Frenetic Illustrations and Cosmic Comic Books
Jim Mahfood (a.k.a. Food One) is a busy guy, working non-stop -- in illustration, comics, murals, painting, photography, music, and animation.
Gary Baseman and Me: Critique, Correspondence, and Collaboration in the Art World
Gary Baseman and Me: Critique, Correspondence, and Collaboration in the Art World
Gary Baseman creates a parallel universe of stylized landscapes populated by gently feral creatures and doe-eyed maidens.
Dorian Wood and the Art of Performance
Dorian Wood and the Art of Performance
Echo Park native Dorian Wood, a prolific avant-garde musician and visual artist, believes in offering a truly immersive experience when he performs for an audience.
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