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.
LOCATION: Downtown Los Angeles, Old Bank District
EXPERTISE: Building bridges and finding patterns among unlikely phenomena, starting with art and sweeping out from there.
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!
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