Art Nerd New York | Los Angeles

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Art Nerd City Guides cover cool, hidden, and unique art and art history. From where artists lived, partied and died, public art works and the stories behind them, private installations for public consumption, historical sites full of secrets, and many things that you’ve never noticed before but stare you in the face daily. Written with approachability and wit, each entry is not only a good read, but also a well researched insight into each incredible city!

The first city guide, Art Nerd New York started out as a humble tumblr blog in late 2010, a bonafide website in late 2011, and an official launch party event at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in March 2012.  Art Nerd has been mentioned by PMc MagazineWarholianThe World’s Best EverArrested MotionGallerist NY, Elle Mexico Magazine, Talking Points Memo & Creem Magazine.  In early 2013, Art Nerd became a content partner with Google’s Field Trip location based mobile app, and expanded coverage in Los Angeles and elsewhere!




Lori Zimmer is a New York-based curator, writer and author of The Art of Cardboard and The Art of Spraypaint by Rockport Publishers. A former Chelsea gallery sales director, she founded Art Nerd New York in 2010, which focuses on art history and contemporary art in New York City and beyond (and is the subject of a third book which is very slowly being worked on….).

Zimmer began curating pop up exhibitions in 2010, and has exhibited in New York, Miami, Nantucket, Bridgehampton, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Hamburg, Germany. Her curatorial eye tends to lean toward historical narratives and story telling. She has constructed a miniature gallery of lover’s eyes, a 18th Century shipping shop of messages in a bottle, and a fictional museum documenting the colonization of Africa and the West Indies. In 2016, she curated July’s Midnight Moment with Times Square Arts. Most recently, she curated her first online exhibition,, a reaction to the current administration with 27 works by 22 artists, including essays and news links pertinent to the myriad of violations and oppressions felt since January 20, 2017.

Zimmer has served on the committees for charitable organizations such as the Lower East Side Girls Club and AMREF Health Africa in the USA, and in 2015 served on the board of ACT/ART, a partnership with Barack Obama’s White House which sought to engage and mobilize the arts community and build broad public awareness around key administration priorities.

Since 2016, Zimmer has worked as an artist liaison for artists’ rights with Kushnirsky Gerber PLLC in Manhattan, where she helps protect artists against copyright infringement. She is currently the public relations assistant for the National Institute of Urban Art in Florida, and is Director of the Logan Hicks Studio in Brooklyn.


Lauren-BizDev was created by Lauren Albrecht, Los Angeles-based, freelance Marketing/PR Consultant, WordPress maker, online marketer, arts grants manager, curator and one-time gallery girl.  Her past exhibitions, projects & PR/marketing campaigns have been featured in New York Magazine, Cool Hunting, Artforum,, Village Voice, Wired’s Blog, Crain’s Business, Bloomberg News, City Arts Magazine, Buffalo Spree Magazine, and The Washington Post.  Lauren is and will always be intrigued by the ever-changing intersection of art + technology.

Email: lauren [at]


Los Angeles Team


Robin has a passion for patterns + bold graphics. As a graphic/surface designer and fine artist she has exhibited internationally. Last year she followed the winds of the universe to Los Angeles and now lives happily in a tree fort overlooking the city she loves to traverse and climb to secret places nobody would ever find by car.


StacyCondeANLAStacy is a displaced Indiana Hoosier who spent her early years riding in vans with bands while working for the best indie record labels in Chicago (at that time). She’s been a New Yorker (twice), a Londoner (briefly), a desert dweller and an Angeleno (three times now). She worked for Damien Hirst for a short time and returned triumphantly from the Station to Station tour with uber-artist Doug Aitken.  She represents an insanely talented group of jewelry designers: Nina SavillMiki Tanaka and Pade Vavra; a visual artist: Philip Lumbang;  a visionary bunch of musicians; and she run an arts non-profit, ART from the Ashes.



Nina came to Los Angeles by way of NYC, where she owned a fine art gallery for several years. After opening an art space in Culver City and being the director there for 3 years, Nina happily moved to the non-profit world and is now at the core of 501(c)(3) ART from the Ashes, curating and producing benefit art exhibitions. Nina remains in awe of the LA landscape and extols the wonders of its burgeoning art scene. She’s also a jewelry designer and can often be found wearing an optivisor and hammering away in her studio in LA’s downtown arts district. Basically, always an art nerd in one way or another.




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