Sunday, May 19, 2024

Shana Nys Dambrot

With painter Justin Bower and director Andi Campognone artist talk at Lancaster Museum of Art and History

Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author originally from NYC but based in Los Angeles since 1995. She studied Art History at Vassar College, during and after which she interned with Gagosian and Castelli Galleries, and worked at the Guggenheim Museum. But she always knew she wanted to write about art, and over the past decades has worked the gamut of digital and print platforms, covering visual, literary, cinematic, and performing arts across a rapidly changing media landscape.

Dambrot is an independent writer who plays different roles at a roster of arts publications; she is currently LA Editor for Whitehot Magazine, Contributing Editor for Art Ltd., and a contributor to Art and Cake, Flaunt, the Huffington Post, Creators (Vice Media), Fabrik Magazine, Palm Springs Life, Vs. Magazine, Porter & Sail, and KCET’s Emmy-winning cross-platform series, Artbound. Formerly Managing Editor at, previous publications have included the LA Weekly, Modern Painters, Art Review, Artweek, ARTnews, Desert Magazine, Montage, Bespoke, The Believer, tema celeste, Angeleno, Art Asia Pacific, Bluecanvas, Scene, and Juxtapoz.

In addition to the core practice of critique and chronicle — and the occasional piece of short fiction — Dambrot has written hundreds of essays for monographs and exhibition catalogs, which in some ways is her favorite form of prose, marrying analysis with evocative interpretation, art historical context, biography, and even a little bit of poetry. She also curates and juries a few gallery exhibitions each year, typically exploring specific cultural and social themes at the invitation of independent venues, and frequently expanding into the realm of immersive, experiential, festival-like environments inclusive of video, performance, and early AR and VR technologies.

Besides speaks in public at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally, Dambrot currently serves on the board of Art Share LA as well as the non-profit’s Gallery Exhibition Committee, dedicated to preserving a historical landmark of independent local, actual art and artists in the heart of the now-famous and fancy Downtown Art District. She is also the Advisory Board of Building Bridges Art Exchange, an international residency and exhibition program dedicated to the crossing of every kind of border.

An account of her activities is sometimes updated at

With artists Amy Kaps and Eric Schwabel inside Kaps Striped World installation at CMay Gallery in LA part of a show Dambrot curated called Continental Drift 2015
On a studio visit with painter Wyatt Mills in Los Angeles
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  1. […] Shana Nys Dambrot is the consummate journalist. She displays an unceasing curiosity that led her to turn the tables during her interview with Praxis. Her work as a curator found her in Gagosian and Castelli galleries as well as Guggenheim. She transitioned to the world of art writing and these days is constantly involved in multiple projects across a broad range of media platforms. Formerly a New York-based artist, she move to LA over twenty years ago where she remains despite only intending to stay a short time. Dambrot’s inexhaustible energy for her work is palpable, “nothing is off the record,” she says. […]

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