Robby Herbst

In order to continue making vital work artists who claim this mantel must really deepen their understanding of where it comes from and what challenges have faced it in the past in order to be something more than just a cliché of the moment.

Robby Herbst is an interdisciplinarian interested in socio-political formations; behavioral architecture, languages of dissent, counter cultures. My work manifests as visual art, curation, group and performance work, independent media, public theory. For ten years my primary project was founding, developing, and co-editing the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest; an international project addressing theory and critique towards artistic approaches to activism. Since then I’ve been writing about art (frequently with public TV station KCET), producing a series of critical “guides” to Los Angeles (through Llano Del Rio Collective), and concentrating on my art practice.  Teaching is an important part of my work; I’ve done so with community groups and universities (USC, Otis, Goddard College). I’ve had solo projects at Machine Project, David Patton Los Angeles, Artist Curated Projects (LA) Dumbo Arts Center (NY), Southern Exposure (SF), and The Art Gallery OF Knoxville (TN). I’ve participated in Alan Kaprow — Art As Life at MOCA, Venice Beach Biennial at Hammer Museum (LA); Interstellar Low Ways at the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago); Democracy in America: The National Campaign with Creative Time; Fine Print: Alternative Media at PS1 (NY); and Theater of Piece at NGBK (Berlin). I’m an artswriter grantee of the Warhol Foundation for essays exploring socially engaged art.