New Show! Modern Art Blitz!


Modern Art Blitz with Mat Gleason and Co-Host Lisa Derrick premiered on December 27th, 2015.

Modern Art Blitz is filmed live from the Boyle Heights’ Drome Box studio for webTV. Built in 1939, the studio is housed in the old Monterey Theatre, one of Los Angeles’ last standing neighborhood houses. In the 1980’s and into the 1990’s, it was a nightclub and later became a church until they moved out in 2009.

The show just completed it’s third episode. Guests have included: Carol Diehl; Michael Phillips; Carol Es; Vicki Barkley; Michael Massenburg; April Bey, and yours truly (Abel Alejandre).

Art Critic, Gallerist and TV personality, Mat Gleason, founded contemporary art magazine Coagula Art Journal in 1992; which he kept going for about twenty years. Recently, he starred as a judge in the Game Show Network’s “Skin Wars: Fresh Paint” with show host RuPaul Charles. He will also be a judge on the upcoming season of the body painting competition show. The one-hour television event is a spin-off of the network’s most popular program, “Skin Wars.” Mat Gleason’s gallery Coagula Curatorial is located on Chung King Road in Chinatown near downtown LA. Full disclosure, Coagula Curatorial represents yours truly.

Lisa Derrick is a Curator and Writer who delivers interesting art news with a little humor and lively commentary. She has curated art shows for Homeboy Industries amongst many others. In 2015 she and with author/director Rodrigo Ribera D’Ebre curated Dark Progressivism: Metropolis Rising, with Cartwheel Art presenting. It included such Artists as Big Sleeps, Prime, Reza, Juan Carlos Munoz Hernandez, Daniel Gonzalez, Defer, Kizu, Chaz Bojorquez, Gary Wong, Michael Ulrich, Cryptik, Jason Hernandez, Jesse Hazelip, Rafael Reyes, Abel Alejandre, Roberto Gutierrez, and Ed Gutter.


The LIVE webcast broadcasts Sundays at 5PM at The format is a talk show about contemporary art and artists. If you miss the live show don’t worry, it is usually archived within 48 hours and available on YouTube channel Coagula Curatorial THE Modern Art Blitz.

If you are interested in hearing artists discuss their work and hear about contemporary art with a little attitude tune in at next Sunday at 5PM! Drome Box Labs broadcasts LIVE Wed-Sun 4pm-1am PST.


Episode 001 Modern Art Blitz

Published on Dec 28, 2015
Episode 001 (gets going at 5:55): Special Guest Carol Diehl (enters at 7:43) and Guest Artist Abel Alejandre (enters at 27:11) join host Mat Gleason, Co-Host Lisa Derrick (speaks up first at 6:20) and Intern Rebekah (24:35).

Episode 002 Modern Art Blitz

Published on Jan 5, 2016
Modern Art Blitz Episode 002 – Hosted by Mat Gleason, co-hosted by Lisa Derrick. (Episode gets going at 5:55) Today we look back on artists who passed away in 2015 and are joined by Podcaster Michael Phillips (8:35). Our guest artist is Carol Es (34:40) and a surprise visit from Vicki Barkley (35:52) sees Carol being sketched during her interview.

Episode 003 Modern Art Blitz

Published on Jan 12, 2016
Guests on this episode are artist and curator Michael Massenburg (5:25) and artist April Bey (26:39). Mat Gleason also talks about art at Coachella with co-host Lisa Derrick (1:17).