|NOVEMBER 2008 NEWSLETTER|
|GALLERY ROUNDUP: COAST TO COAST|
Los Angeles, with reporting by Carole Lieff
Tim Blum and Jeff Poe have long been considered pioneering forces in Culver City’s gallery scene. This summer, Blum & Poe will inaugurate a new 27,000 square foot space in a former manufacturing plant just across from their current location. Designed by star architect Frank Escher and partner Ravi Gunewardena, the new space will reportedly launch in July 2009 with a show of new works by Takashi Murakami, Florian Maier-Aichen and Sam Durant, among others.
The major film studios of Culver City closed thirty years ago, but today, La Cienega and Washington Boulevards are lined with renowned art galleries. Honor Fraser, who relocated to a Johnston Marklee-designed space on La Cienega a year ago, is presenting a Tom Wesselmann retrospective until December 20th, while other gallerists in the area are emphasizing new works. At Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, drawings by painter Amy Sillman are on view until December 13th. Cerasoli:LeBasse Gallery is showing paintings by Nate Frizzell until November 29th, followed by an exhibition of new works from painter Evan B. Harris which opens December 13th.
With an influx of new bars and restaurants, galleries are still flocking to the Culver City Art District, too. In September, Roberts & Tilton relocated to another Johnston Marklee-designed building, this one on Washington Boulevard. The gallery is currently showing over 250 paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper by Orange County artist Ed Templeton. Peres Projects–which represents downtown New York notables Terence Koh, Dash Snow and Dan Colen–already maintains an L.A. location but opened their Culver City outpost just this past Saturday.
Expansions and relocations seem to be the norm in other areas surrounding Los Angeles, too. Robert Mnuchin and Dominique Levy of New York’s L & M Arts are slated to open their first west coast location on Venice Boulevard within the next year. Douglas Chrismas, whose Ace Gallery occupies prime real estate in Beverly Hills and on Wilshire Boulevard, has reportedly staked out a former car dealership for another 100,000 square feet of space.
Current gallery offerings across the Los Angeles area range from major group exhibitions to solo shows of young, contemporary artists. In Beverly Hills, Gagosian Gallery plays host to Rachel Whiteread’s first California solo show, an exploration of brightly hued, small-scale sculptures. Michael Kohn Gallery is showing San Francisco native Darren Waterston’s abstract paintings through December 20th. In West Hollywood, DF2 mounts Chinese contemporary artist Ling Jian’s first solo gallery exhibition in the United States.
And then, of course, there are the Blum & Poe shows: Cologne-émigré Friedrich Kunath, now living and working in L.A., has almost sold out. Yoshitomo Nara opens his first show in four years on December 20th.
With three exhibitions areas and a private viewing room, Gallery Kayafas’ new space in the complex almost triples the gallery’s previous South End location. The gallery specializes in modern and contemporary photography, with a special emphasis on emerging artists. When Bernard Toale closed his eponymous gallery at 450 Harrison earlier this year, former gallery director Joseph Carroll established his own venture within the same space. Carroll and Sons is currently showing sculpture and installation by New York native Barbara Gallucci.
New York City
Chelsea establishments are presenting eclectic shows this season. Dinter Fine Art’s current exhibition, How to Cook a Wolf: Part One, includes works from Jack Pierson, Mary Heilmann and George Condo, among many others. At Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, Parisian painter Stéphane Pencréc’h makes his New York debut with a show of unsettling canvases entitled In the Middle of the Night. On view at Daneyal Mahmood until January 10, 2009, Pencréac'h will also show paintings at the Modern and Contemporary Museum of Nice (France) in December.
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