#ArtIsEverywhere: Taking on L.A. with Mat Gleason

July 22, 2014 11:00 PM

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#ArtIsEverywhere: Taking on L.A. with Mat Gleason

Mat Gleason--art critic, native Angeleno, owner of Chinatown's Coagula Curatorial who lived in Downtown for decades, first at the historic American Hotel above Al's Bar (the punk rock dive which hosted the likes of Black Flag, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beck, and then at the Brewery, the world's largest active art commune--took a group on an exploration of Chinatown and the Arts District. The tour, sponsored by Spring Hill Suites, was designed to open our eyes (and tastebuds) to the evolving Downtown Art scene and remind us that art is everywhere. As part of their program to support the art communities throughout the world, Spring Hill Suites recently launched a website, Artiseverywheregallery.com, which aggregates all photos and posts with the hashtag #artiseverywhere.

First stop on the party bus was Chinatown where Gleason explained the area's history: Chinatown was the first condo development in Southern California, with families buying buildings with unit retail units on the first floor and apartments above. Chung King Road, the least touristy section of Chinat...

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