Downtown Los Angeles Art Gallery Guide

Downtown Los Angeles Art Gallery Guide

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These are the contemporary art galleries defining the L.A. art scene—and its neighborhood.

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    Recently moved by owner Clyde Beswick from the Historic Core to this former soap-factory just south of the Arts District proper, the large, clean, inviting space allows plenty of room for exhibits such as the modern spiritual artist Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia and the collage-like style of Timothy Nolan. A former collector, Beswick assembles exhibitions that reflect a definitive sense of personal taste and style – one that other art lovers will want to share.
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    New York gallerist Franklin Parrasch collaborated with his west coast partner Chris Heijnen to open the 5,000-square-foot gallery. The move was spurred by the increasing number of West Coast–based artists Parrasch’s NYC gallery exhibits, like sculptors Ken Price and Peter Alexander, and painter Billy Al Bengston. 
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    Consists of a main gallery (where its core group of contemporary artists exhibit their work) and also a next-door spot called Unit B, meant as a creative project space for artists who Cran and deLuce Wilding may not represent, but whose work they admire and want to encourage. 
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    New York gallerist Gavin Brown, Angeleno Wendy Yao and painter Laura Owens teamed up to open 356 Mission in 2013 in yet another converted warehouse building, which shows work by writer/filmmaker/artist Gary Indiana and post-conceptual, multidisciplinary artist Seth Price.
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    The gallery—which moved from Lincoln Heights to its current space downtown in 2013—is also known as a social hub for the neighborhood’s art tribe, and hosts events like Night Comedy, a showcase for unconventional stand-up routines.
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    Gallerist Michele Maccarone opened her 50,000-square-foot L.A. outpost in September (adding to her two galleries in New York’s West Village) in a converted warehouse (pictured below), which was renovated by Jeff Allsbrook and Silvia Kuhle of local architecture and design firm Standard. Maccarone not only exhibits the work of artists like Nate Lowman, Alex Hubbard and Hanna Liden, but also contains artist studios as well.
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    A sibling to New York’s Venus Over Manhattan - It spans two warehouses, totaling 14,500 square feet, to exhibit shows by artists including Dan Colen, Dan McCarthy, Katherine Bernhardt, and Marianne Vitale. 
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