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With a surge of successful galleries setting up ...

With a surge of successful galleries setting up
shop, museums gaining substantial international
recognition, and notable artists moving into town,
Los Angeles is finally getting the recognition in
the art world that it deserves.

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    • haute spots haute spots L.A. (Art) Scene With a surge of successful galleries setting up shop, museums gaining substantial international recognition, and notable artists moving into town, Los Angeles is finally getting the recognition in the art world that it deserves. By Marina Cashdan R evisit the American art world 25 years  associate curator Shamim Momin points out, “One  ago and you’ll find that the action was  of the most compelling aspects of the L.A. art world  happening almost exclusively in New  is the impact of the schools, in the strength and  York. By the late ’80s, however, pioneers  on-going commitment of the professor, as well as in  Blum & Poe like New York’s prestigious Luhring Augustine  the sense of community they engender thereafter.  gallery began blazing the trail to the west, marking  The galleries and museum certainly have presence  2754 S. La Cienega Blvd.  310.836.2062 the start of the art world’s bicoastal expansion.  in L.A., but it is one parallel to the artists, rather than  www.BlumAndPoe.com While interest only trickled to the other side of the  the system of strict hierarchical validation that still  J country during the ’90s, in the last few years a West  retains in New York, by and large.” Now in 2007,  ust east of Santa Monica and Venice, south of Beverly Hills, and north  Coast thrust has mounted so significantly that the  there are dozens of reputable art galleries showing  of LAX airport is Culver City. What was once only movie studios,  City of Angels is now indisputably recognized as a  artists with considerable professional résumés both  car dealerships, low-rent factories, and gambling dens back in the  credible art destination. in and outside of Los Angeles—artists who also  Prohibition days, the semi-pedestrian neighborhood is now kin to  show with galleries in New York, Berlin, and London,  New York’s West Chelsea, where white box galleries have sprouted between  Los Angeles is in a hotbed of prestigious art  among other notable art cities, and take part in  the industrial buildings and garages, and trendy eateries have made it L.A.’s  universities—CalArts, UCLA, the Claremont  major art exhibitions like the biennials and art fairs.  new restaurant mecca. Where La Cienega meets Washington Boulevard  Colleges, Art Center College of Design, and USC,  there is considerable foot traffic: swarms of art-goers mix with trendy revelers,  to name a few—however, until recently, young artists  When a city is experiencing so much success,  spilling over onto the street during the collective openings of the more than  found themselves with little to no financial backing  it’s hard to keep rumors that an art fair is looming  two dozen galleries, all less than five years old. The pioneering Blum & Poe  upon graduating and were left with no option but  at bay. While Armory Show founder Paul Morris  gallery—a 5,000-square-foot orange building on La Cienega Blvd., co-owned  to move to New York. But over the last 10 years  feels that Los Angeles is a “sleeping giant” in  by Timothy Blum and Jeff Poe—is an aesthetic and commercial benchmark in  interest in contemporary art piqued and with it came  art fair terms, the immense size of the city and  the neighborhood. The gallery has an impressive list of artists, including Carroll  a wave of financial support for contemporary art  limited public transportation present problems  Dunham, Takashi Murakami, Anya Gallaccio, and Nigel Cooke. Their current  institutions like MOCA, LACMA, and the Hammer  regarding being a potential location for a  Museum, with galleries germinating pari passu.  exhibition, “Hope from a Dark Place,” is a solo show by esteemed video artist  monstrous art fair. However, teeming with dozens  That reality alongside the progressive mentality of  Slater Bradley, creator of “The Doppelganger Trilogy,” (recently acquired by the  of successful galleries, competitive exhibitions,  the West Coast art community—including the great  Guggenheim Museum, New York), a series that starred his alter ego Benjamin  and a flourishing art community, Los Angeles has  pride they take in their young artists—created an  Brock playing music icons such as Ian Curtis, Kurt Cobain, and Michael  evidently legitimized itself, sans art fair. Haute  echelon in which the art institutions take cues from  Jackson, recreating both the energy generated by adoring fans and, on the  Living points out six art galleries in Los Angeles  the artists and not vice versa. Whitney Museum  flipside, the uncontrollable downward spiral of success.  that you should keep your eye on. 160  Haute Living LA Haute Living LA  161
    • haute spots haute spots Gagosian Gallery and Regen Projects Gagosian Gallery,  456 North Camden Drive  310.271.9400  www.Gagosian.com Regen Projects  633 North Almont Drive 310.276.5424 www.RegenProjects.com N orthwest of Culver City, in the West Hollywood/Beverly Hills  neighborhoods, you’ll find power hitter galleries like Gagosian  Gallery and Regen Projects whose rosters are made up of  artists so well-known they deserve stars on Hollywood’s Walk  of Fame. At Gagosian, pieces by artists like Richard Prince, Mike Kelley,  Damien Hirst, and Jeff Koons have price tags that exceed those in the  neighboring Prada and Chanel stores. Their current exhibition, “You Left Me  Breathing,” is a solo show by infamous mixed medium artist Tracey Emin,  Photo by Hiroshi Kang who sparked media furor in the late ’90s for “My Bed,” a piece made up of  a bed with stained sheets and bloodied undergarments, used condoms,  and other intimate items. Regen Projects advertises an equally impressive  list of artists, including John Currin, Sol Lewitt, Charles Ray, John Bock,  Elizabeth Peyton, and Matthew Barney, among many others with equally  impressive tariffs. Their current exhibition is a solo show of conceptual artist  Glenn Ligon who is known primarily for work that is greatly influenced by his  experience as an African American gay man in the United States. Michael Kohn Gallery 8071 Beverly Blvd.  323.658.8088  www.KohnGallery.com O n the fringe of West  Hollywood, you’ll find the  prestigious Michael Kohn  Gallery representing a  multigenerational list of artists, with  established names Bruce Conner, John  McLaughlin, and Carl Andre alongside  mid-career talents like David Korty  and Dennis Hollingsworth, and young  emerging artists like Christine Nguyen.  Kohn’s current exhibition is a solo show  by American mixed-media master Bruce  Conner, known for his assemblages  of found objects such as stockings,  bicycle wheels and broken dolls, and for  his dramatic life-size photograms and  elaborate inkblots. 162  Haute Living LA Haute Living LA  163
    • haute spots haute spots Peres Projects 969 Chung King Road 213.617.1100 www.PeresProjects.com I n the late ’90s, with low rents and a close proximity to MOCA and  Marc Selwyn Fine Art schools like the Art Center College of Design and the Southern  6222 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101 California Institute of Architecture, artists and art professionals were  323.933.9911 moving into Los Angeles’ Chinatown. Now this trendily seedy part of  www.MarcSelwynFineArt.com town is swelling with art folk, an evolution that feels reminiscent of New York’s  C East Village neighborhood. Art goers head to Chung King Road, a 500-foot  hances are you won’t run into the celebrities, socialites, and hip hop stars  pedestrian alley in Los Angeles’ Chinatown neighborhood, to find cutting-edge  you might run into at the aforementioned Gagosian Gallery, but at Marc  galleries like Peres Projects. Gallerist Javier Peres (who also has an outpost in  Selwyn Fine Art in Mid-Wilshire, you’ll find serious art dealers, curators,  Athens and Berlin) focuses “on important young artists working in any medium,”  and long-time collectors shopping around. Gallerist Marc Selwyn focuses  including those such as red-hot celebutant artists/performing artists such as  primarily on established and mid-career artists, including photographer Robert  Terence Koh, Dan Colen, and Dash Snow. If one is looking for a gallery that has  Mapplethorpe, Mel Bochner, James Casebere, and Tony Smith.  its finger on the pulse of up and coming artists, Peres Projects is a sure bet.  164  Haute Living LA Haute Living LA  165