Shana Nys Dambrot

Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Downtown LA. She is the Arts Editor for the LA Weekly, and a contributor to Flaunt, Art and Cake, Artillery, and Palm Springs Life.

She studied Art History at Vassar College, writes essays for books and catalogs, curates and juries a few exhibitions each year, is a dedicated Instagram photographer and author of experimental short fiction, and speaks at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally. She is a member of ArtTable and the LA Press Club, and sits on the Boards of Art Share-LA and the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, the Advisory Council of Building Bridges Art Exchange, and the Brain Trust of Some Serious Business.


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articles by this author

Molly Segal: To the Bone

Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There (NO Gallery, Los Angeles)

Encounters With Art in the Context of Puerto Vallarta

In Living Coral: The Pantone Pantry’s Colorific Savannah Adventure

Tim Youd: “The Hudson Valley Retyped”

Gregory Siff: When You Were Little You Used to Color

Nick Cave: The Let Go, at the Park Avenue Armory

Reine Paradis: Midnight Blue

Aline Mare: Open up this body

Everything I know about tequila I learned from Abraham Cruzvillegas

Randi Matushevitz: CONUNDRUM

Kim Kimbro: Briar Rose, or The Faerie’s Revenge

Andy Bauch: Crypto-Formalism

Marisa Takal: Beyond Oy Too Scared to Ha-Ha

Frankfurt Loves You, Goethe: A New Star in the Moxy Blank Canvas Universe

Slipping Through Time with Wayne Sorce's City Scenes

Gwen Adler's Trippy Digital Collages are the New Rococo

Billy Al Bengston: Dentos 1965 - 1970 at Parrasch Heijnen Gallery

Book Review: Intimate Geometries: The Art and Life of Louise Bourgeois

"Unpacking" Inaugurates the Marciano Foundation with Style and Verve

Alexander Yulish Presents an Aesthetic in Transition at Ace Gallery

Dean Byington: Theory of Machines at Kohn Gallery

Max Maslansky: Safe Place at Five Car Garage, Santa Monica

Alexander de Cadenet: Money in the Eyes at Fab Gallery

Shana Nys Dambrot on Eric Nash's Western Pictures

John Baldessari in Conversation with Shana Nys Dambrot

Birds of America: Explorations of Audubon by Larry Rivers and Others

Shana Nys Dambrot on Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present at Anthology Film Archives

Shana Nys Dambrot on Alex Gross at Corey Helford Gallery

Shana Nys Dambrot on Danny Minnick: Power to the Planet at De Re Gallery, Los Angeles

HUEMAN: Hyperlimbo @ KP Projects Los Angeles

22 LA Based Artists You Need To Know On Instagram

Robert Xavier Burden: Original Myth Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Los Angeles

Mikhail Baryshnikov in Robert Wilson’s Letter to a Man

Maria Lassnig: A Painting Survey, 1950 – 2007 Hauser Wirth + Schimmel

The View From Now Be Here: Kim Schoenstadt’s LA Idea Heads to NYC

Manuel Lima: The Cube

Jennifer Sullivan: Revenge Body at Five Car Garage, LA

Gregory Siff: Portrait of an American Ice Cream Man

Book Review: "Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus: Collected Works"

An Exhibition Showcasing the Dark Side of Technological Revolution

Book Review: Bruce Bauman's "Broken Sleep"

Sociopolitical History and Art History as Feedback Loops

Wyatt Mills: Normal at Project Gallery

Annie Leibovitz: Of Calendar Girls and Women

ELLIS: a film by Street Artist JR Coming soon to wide release.

Report from Avant-Garde Ojai

Kellesimone Waits: Transmutation

Chris Burden: Ode to Santos Dumont is at LACMA

Tabitha Soren: Fantasy Life

Jason McLean at Wilding Cran

Book Review: Jo Ann Callis: Other Rooms

The Artists of the Film MANA

Britt Ehringer: Tacos@Midnight: The So-Cal Experience

Christopher Russell @ Mark Moore Gallery

Mikhail Baryshnikov in Man in a Case

Doug Harvey at Jancar Gallery

Michael Dee at Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills

Moby in Conversation with Shana Nys Dambrot

Thaddeus Strode: Everybody wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die.

January 2014: Eric White: All Of This Has Not Occurred @ Martha Otero

December 2013: Namaak Collective

November 2013: Cecily Brown @ Gagosian Beverly Hills

September 2013: Josh Azzarella: Untitled #160 (Balcombe)

August 2013: BOOK REVIEW: Good Girl, Bad Girl

May 2013: Sarah Cromarty @ Anna Meliksetian & MJ Briggs

February 2013: Matt Wardell: Hair On My Tongue (No Seas Cabrón) @ Commonwealth & Council

January 2013: Weiwei-isms by Ai Weiwei Reviewed

January 2013: Agathe Snow @ OHWOW

January 2013: Edith Beaucage @ CB1 Gallery

September 2012: BOOK REVIEW- Fatemeh Burnes; Drift

August 2012: Ricky Allman @ Marine Contemporary

July 2012, Kelly Berg, Frank Pictures Gallery

March 2012, Ming Wong at REDCAT Gallery

February 2012: Ansel Adams in LA

November 2011: Yoko Ono: IMAGINE PEACE @ the University of LaVerne

June 2011, Arataland! at Beacon Arts Building, Los Angeles

April 2011, Rebecca Campbell @ LA Louver

February 2011, Will Cotton @ Michael Kohn Gallery

January 2011, Marine Art Salon No. 7: Works 222-247

September 2010, Kori Newkirk @ Country Club

August 2010, Skylar Haskard and Michael Rashkow @ Garboushian Gallery

August 2010, John Baldessari @ LACMA

July 2010, Alice Neel @ LA Louver

June 2010, Tim Sullivan @ Steve Turner Contemporary

January 2010, Van Arno @ Corey Helford Gallery

July 2009, Jane O'Neal @ DNJ Gallery

June 2009, Franz West @ LA County Museum of Art

February 2009. Ericailcane @ Carmichael Gallery

December 2008, Christopher Pate at Jail Gallery

September 2008, Gillian Wearing's Pin Ups @ Regen Projects

June 2008, S.E. Barnet @ De Soto Gallery

April 2008, Eddie Ruscha @ High Energy Constructs

February 2008, Kenny Harris @ Gallery C

January 2008, Pascual Sisto @ de Soto

December 2007, Tony Bevan @ LA Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

October 2007, Shana Nys Dambrot Interviews Paul Laster and Carlo McCormick During the Whitehot Magazine Festival, New York 2007

More About WM's Shana Nys Dambrot

Summer 2007, WM #4: Phantom Galleries LA, Beverly Hills

SUMMER 2007, WM issue #4: Eden's Edge at the UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Westwood CA