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L.A.'s Hauser Wirth & Schimmel is out to upend the definition of a gallery

L.A.'s Hauser Wirth & Schimmel is out to upend the definition of a gallery

It is safe to say that most gallery tours are not conducted by flashlight. But an hour into a walk-through of the massive space that will become the gallery Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, the sun has slipped below the horizon, the temperature has plunged and the industrial stairs that zigzag up the side of the old Pillsbury flour mill complex in downtown Los Angeles are pitch black.

None of this slows Paul Schimmel, the former chief curator of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art, now a partner at the gallery. He pops out his cellphone, turns on the flashlight and keeps on talking, gingerly picking his way around piles of PVC pipe and miles of sinuous extension cords — all while...

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