The opening of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel has drawn lots of attention to the downtown Los Angeles Arts District scene. Needless to say, the Swiss mega-gallery is not the first — nor will it be the last — to settle in the area. In fact, the activity is no longer just confined to the Arts District. The artsy fartsies have long spilled over into the areas south of the 10 and the industrial areas of Boyle Heights, which means there is lots to see.
In no particular order, here's our guide to 15 other intriguing arts spaces in the downtown area:
- Hauser Wirth & Schimmel
- The mack daddy
- The Box
- Art world lineage
- Harmony Murphy
- A steady mix
- New from New York
- 356 Mission
- Scene-y scene
- Another New York addition
- Wilding Cran
- Contemporary works
- Grice Bench
- Emerging artists
- The Wulf
- Everything sonic
- Downtown standard-bearer
- Parrasch Heijnen
- New in town
- CB1 and Rosamund Felsen
- One-stop shopping
- Cirrus Gallery
- A downtown pioneer
- Night Gallery
- The buzzy spot
- François Ghebaly
- Conceptual hotspot
- The Mistake Room
- The latest in contemporary
The venerable Swiss space opens on Sunday with a show devoted to abstract sculpture by women. It's museum-sized. Don't miss the wonderful research lab tucked in behind the South gallery, with drawings, vintage books and magazines you can pore through. 901 E. 3rd St., downtown Los Angeles, hauserwirthschimmel.com.
Founded in 2007 by Mara McCarthy, daughter of artist Paul McCarthy (who is part of the stable at Hauser & Wirth), this thoughtful space represents an intriguing line-up for artists from L.A. and beyond, including figures such as painter John Altoon and sculptor Rachel Khedoori. 805 Traction Ave., downtown Los Angeles, theboxla.com.
A newly relocated downtown space (formerly on South Santa Fe, it's now in Little Tokyo), this gallery represents a mix of emerging and historically important figures. 358 E. 2nd St., downtown Los Angeles, harmonymurphygallery.com.
Just over the river in Boyle Heights, this established Manhattan gallery brings a mix of buzzy contemporary figures to L.A. 300 S. Mission Road, Boyle Heights, maccarone.net.
Also in Boyle Heights, this sprawling 12,000-square-foot warehouse is run by New York gallerist Gavin Brown with L.A. painter Laura Owens and Ooga Booga bookstore founder Wendy Yao. It also hosts a wide range of events. It's a good place to get your hipster on. 356 S. Mission Rd., Boyle Heights, 356mission.com.
This is the Los Angeles outpost of the gallery begun by collector Adam Lindemann on the East Coast. 601 S. Anderson St., Boyle Heights, venusovermanhattan.com.
A small shop on Santa Fe Avenue shows works by emerging and mid-career artists. 939 S. Santa Fe Ave., downtown Los Angeles, wildingcran.com.
Another relatively new addition to the industrial zone features work by emerging and established contemporary artists, including painter Joyce Pensato. 915 Mateo St., downtown Los Angeles, gricebench.com.
Running for more than half a dozen years, this informal performance space features experimental music and art. Check its website for event times. 1026 S. Santa Fe Ave., downtown Los Angeles, thewulf.org.
A stalwart of the downtown scene since 1995, the artist-run PØST features a range of programming, from very guerrilla one-day-only shows to more traditional surveys of work by Los Angeles contemporary artists. Up next is a show of work by multimedia artist Kim Abeles. 1206 Maple Ave., #515, downtown Los Angeles, postlosangeles.org.
Another New York shop (they can't stay away from our sunshine and burritos) features an esteemed line-up that includes important California figures such as Marcia Hafif, Craig Kauffman and Billy Al Bengston. Its first exhibition, a display of ceramic sculptures by Ken Price, drew critical raves. 1326 S. Boyle Ave., Boyle Heights, parrasch-heijnen.com.
A renovated industrial building on South Santa Fe Avenue features two galleries: the longtime Rosamund Felsen Gallery, which recently relocated from Santa Monica, and the newer CB1, which was formerly on Spring Street. Together, the pair offer a strong program of painting, drawing and sculpture. There is also a guest gallery, run by CB1, which is about to open a highly intriguing show by painter Joan Brown. 1923 S. Santa Fe Ave., downtown Los Angeles, cb1gallery.com and rosamundfelsen.com.
In downtown since 1979, Jean Milant's Cirrus Gallery and Editions has long been an important location in which to see artists' prints. After 30-plus years on Alameda Street, it's now in a new location on South Santa Fe. 2011 S. Santa Fe Ave., downtown Los Angeles, cirrusgallery.com.
Once located in a strip mall in Lincoln Heights, Night Gallery is regularly dubbed the downtown "it" gallery by the press, for a program that is all about conceptual and contemporary. In other words, the sort of place where you might see biennial curators working the room. 2011 S. Santa Fe Ave., downtown Los Angeles, nightgallery.ca.
Located mere steps from Night Gallery, Ghebaly also keeps it conceptual with a stable that runs the gamut from Charlie White (an artist whose works mine the marketing of desire) to the grid-minded Channa Horwitz, who enjoyed a resurgence of her work late in life. 2245 E. Washington Blvd., downtown Los Angeles, ghebaly.com.
Established in downtown two years ago, this nonprofit space features installations by a roster of global artists — from Thailand to Guatemala and beyond. 1811 E. 20th St., downtown Los Angeles, tmr.la.
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