Matthew Bedard is the Editor-in-Chief of the Los Angeles lifestyle magazine Flaunt, a tile celbrated for creating infamous fashion shoots that take the reader behind the façade of Hollywood glamour to get up-close-and personal with some of the world’s leading figures Flaunt has extensive digital properties Matthew Bedard produces exclusive events in celebration of issue releases around the year, including events at the Cannes Film Festival, Art Basel Miami Beach, Venice Biennale, New York, London, and Milan Fashion Weeks, and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
I have always felt an affinity with Mark Rothko's No.9 (Dark Over Light Earth) from 1954. It's in the permanent collection at MOCA in Los Angeles. That painting glows to me. Were I to feature in it, I'd aim for subtlety and hide in its abstraction, and like much of Rothko's work, my presence would not be conveyable by words.
Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
An inspirational fixture, though, would be Brian Eno. He acts with artistic constancy, and to traverse between pop and avant-garde like he does is rare and awesome.
What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?
I love the #emptymuseum initiative on Instagram, because being alone in cultural institutions with just you and the artwork is like nothing else. So to that end, I'd like to have more alone time with art, of all kinds and anywhere!
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
Los Angeles for the sea, the sun, the progressive food and body culture, its civic defiance in this new era of US government, and that it's so bloody weird. I also love Mexico City. I adore the cuisine, the religious integration, and the art game there is thumping. It's also one of the youngest cities in the world per capita.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
We have re-launched flaunt.com recently and are working on an initiative for fall that will see us create limited edition vinyl LPs with figures in art and culture.