Shana Nys Dambrot
Shana Nys Dambrot

Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Los Angeles. Formerly Managing Editor at Flavorpill, more recently LA CANVAS Art + Books Editor, L.A. Editor for WhiteHot Magazine,Contributing Editor for Art Ltd., and Art Editor for VS Magazine, based in NYC. Her writing additionally appears in publications including the L.A. Weekly, Bluecanvas, and has appeared in Modern Painters, Art Review, Artweek, ARTnews, the Believer, tema celeste, Angeleno, Art Asia Pacific, Coagula, and Juxtapoz. Her monthly art essay, Urban Scrawl, lives at Createfixate.com, where she tries to revive the temporarily misplaced art of the long-form zeitgeisty think-piece. She is also published in a large number of exhibition catalogs and artist-monograph essays, curates a small number of gallery exhibitions each year, and speaks in public with alarming frequency.

Website: 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
Victor Wilde and Bohemian Society: Progressive Fashion with a Fine Art Soul
Victor Wilde and Bohemian Society: Progressive Fashion with a Fine Art Soul
L.A. designer Victor Wilde sees fashion as the ultimate forum for a literally and metaphorically collaborative art form.
Letters on the Pages, Writing on the Wall
Letters on the Pages, Writing on the Wall
Shana Nys Dambrot juxtaposes two different L.A. exhibits which examine the use of text and symbols.
Art Trekking with the Berlin Collective
Art Trekking with the Berlin Collective
The Berlin Collective is a global arts network engineering intimate, user-friendly, spaces and contexts for experiencing contemporary art on a human scale.
David LaChapelle's Seismic Shift
David LaChapelle's Seismic Shift
Photographer David LaChapelle takes on the world of high-stakes museum collections in his newest mammoth work -- a singular vision of destruction that pits nature against culture. Guess who wins.
Pot Shots: Ryan Mungia Rolls Up an Architectural Vernacular of Camouflage
Pot Shots: Ryan Mungia Rolls Up an Architectural Vernacular of Camouflage
Pot Shots seeks to examine an emerging area of study: the architecture of the marijuana industry.
SHRINE: Art Assassin for the New Empire of Love
SHRINE: Art Assassin for the New Empire of Love
Shrine, the hyper-creative and big-hearted painter, sculptor, art-festival headliner, scavenger and installation artist has created a visual culture he calls "the Empire of Love."
Art Blooms at the Sturt Haaga Gallery
Art Blooms at the Sturt Haaga Gallery
The Sturt Haaga Gallery at the Descanso Gardens transforms more than just the historic La Cañada grounds; it expands the way audiences encounter and understand contemporary art.
Original Works Of Art Composed For Your Smartphone? There's An App For That
Original Works Of Art Composed For Your Smartphone? There's An App For That
Gorgeous, self-generating and/or interactive, randomizable, poetic, mesmerizing and addictive, the best art apps are also, ironically, almost impossible to find without infinite patience or an inside tip on where to look.
Sonia Romero: From her Print Studio in North East LA, an Artist Depicts and Adorns her Imagination and the Public Life of a City
Sonia Romero: From her Print Studio in North East LA, an Artist Depicts and Adorns her Imagination and the Public Life of a City
Painter and print-maker Sonia Romero's new project, "Revolving Landscape", depicts characters based on people she's met and photographed.
Muralist Eloy Torrez and His Hot Paint Time Machine
Muralist Eloy Torrez and His Hot Paint Time Machine
The work of painter Eloy Torrez, one of the best known of L.A.'s old-school muralists, will be featured in a new exhibition downtown called "Flashback to Now".
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