Downtown Los Angeles, CA
High above the crisp regency patterns of the lobby at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles — every detail carefully selected by our old friends at Commune Design, with eastern light glossing every surface — something a little looser begins to take shape.
Artists Simon and Nikolai Haas are hard at work on a larger-than-life mural populated by intimate pencil drawings of figures and landscapes both familiar and forgotten, like ancient film stills burned into into a projection screen long after the last pair of eyes to appreciate it has left the theater. It’s a visual history of Hollywood closer to hieroglyphics than hi-def graphics.
The hallucinatory zeal of the Haas Brothers’ custom fabrications has won them high-profile commissions on the order of Versace, Guerlain and Gaga, but it was the simplicity of Simon’s fast, freehand portraits and sketches that drew the attention of Commune co-founder Roman Alonso when imagining ways to give these blank lobby walls an unexpected, vital role in the new space. 
The drawings themselves are neither fully immersive nor entirely remote, highlighting the compromising situations our cultural icons occasionally tumble into. The brothers “present, rather than venerate” their subject matter, yielding interpretation over exaltation as history continues to write itself, with or without us.
Article by Christopher MauldinPhotos by Jacqueline Bao

Downtown Los Angeles, CA

High above the crisp regency patterns of the lobby at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles — every detail carefully selected by our old friends at Commune Design, with eastern light glossing every surface — something a little looser begins to take shape.

Artists Simon and Nikolai Haas are hard at work on a larger-than-life mural populated by intimate pencil drawings of figures and landscapes both familiar and forgotten, like ancient film stills burned into into a projection screen long after the last pair of eyes to appreciate it has left the theater. It’s a visual history of Hollywood closer to hieroglyphics than hi-def graphics.

The hallucinatory zeal of the Haas Brothers’ custom fabrications has won them high-profile commissions on the order of Versace, Guerlain and Gaga, but it was the simplicity of Simon’s fast, freehand portraits and sketches that drew the attention of Commune co-founder Roman Alonso when imagining ways to give these blank lobby walls an unexpected, vital role in the new space. 

The drawings themselves are neither fully immersive nor entirely remote, highlighting the compromising situations our cultural icons occasionally tumble into. The brothers “present, rather than venerate” their subject matter, yielding interpretation over exaltation as history continues to write itself, with or without us.

Article by Christopher Mauldin
Photos by Jacqueline Bao


Gustavo Araujo (1965-2008)This influential Panamanian artist’s lifework is on view through Dec 29 in Panama city.

Gustavo Araujo (1965-2008)
This influential Panamanian artist’s lifework is on view through Dec 29 in Panama city.


Artist Alex Chinneck's upside down building.At 20 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NY 
Photo via Huh Magazine

Artist Alex Chinneck's upside down building.
At 20 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NY 

Photo via Huh Magazine


Nation of Two, the third part of Love Kills Demons, a twelve part video series by Jim Helton on Chris Rubino’s work and world highlights the powerless nature of the spectator’s eye when exposed to the artist working on his canvas.

The creative process that allows the artist to start on a blank page and settle down on his achievement is purely personal, spontaneous and ungraspable; it belongs to him and him only. You can read more about Chris Rubino here.


Sustaining the notes of A and E in the lobby at Ace Hotel New York with Pat Noecker aka RAFT for Assemble XI — it was a thing of beauty.


The original Ace New York keycard and sketch from Kenzo Minami's Turbine of Life mural in room 1011. Keep an eye out here for our studio visit and interview with Kenzo about his last decade of work, obsession and evolution, and his upcoming retrospective in Chelsea. Kenzo, we love you and your brain.

The original Ace New York keycard and sketch from Kenzo Minami's Turbine of Life mural in room 1011. Keep an eye out here for our studio visit and interview with Kenzo about his last decade of work, obsession and evolution, and his upcoming retrospective in Chelsea. Kenzo, we love you and your brain.


Our LAND Gallery show is up at Ace New York through November 3 —- stop by to catch it if you’re in the neighborhood.

Our LAND Gallery show is up at Ace New York through November 3 —- stop by to catch it if you’re in the neighborhood.


We’ve joined forces with our new neighbor Herald St Gallery, just down the road a piece from Ace Hotel London, to celebrate Frieze Art Fair with a month-long satellite exhibit. On display through November 17, Herald St is gracing our gallery walls with two works from Britain’s own Scott King, veteran of two of our cultural go-to’s, i-D Magazine and Sleazenation. 

We’ve joined forces with our new neighbor Herald St Gallery, just down the road a piece from Ace Hotel London, to celebrate Frieze Art Fair with a month-long satellite exhibit. On display through November 17, Herald St is gracing our gallery walls with two works from Britain’s own Scott King, veteran of two of our cultural go-to’s, i-D Magazine and Sleazenation


Collage sorceress Wangechi Mutu presents her latest exhibition now through early March at the Brooklyn Museum.


Shots from this weekend’s Crafting Community with Kimmel Kids and Splendid at Ace Hotel & Swim Club — a two-day kids and family art retreat with workshops from Confetti System Tanya, Converse and a sweet roster of other makers.

Shots from this weekend’s Crafting Community with Kimmel Kids and Splendid at Ace Hotel & Swim Club — a two-day kids and family art retreat with workshops from Confetti System Tanya, Converse and a sweet roster of other makers.


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