Almost 80 Galleries in LA Throw a Citywide Weekend Celebration
Next weekend, nearly 80 galleries will participate in the inaugural Gallery Weekend Los Angeles, a five-day series of performances, lectures and exhibitions that will take place across the city. Intended to celebrate the experience of seeing art in person, the event is hosted by the Gallery Association Los Angeles (GALA), a collection of Los Angeles-based galleries that came together last year at the start of the pandemic. to provide an online showcase for the city’s vibrant art scene. The result was GalleryPlatform.LA, a site that features revolving exhibition halls as well as editorial content, providing a way to connect with collectors, curators and art lovers in an age when spaces of art physical art had to remain closed.
Now that the restrictions are loosening somewhat, GALA hosted its first in-person event, billed as the first in an annual summer tradition highlighting the breadth of LA’s expanding gallery sphere.
“Gallery Weekend was launched to reconnect the artistic audience with the galleries and their in-person programming, so we hope visitors and locals feel that the main life of a gallery lies in the exhibitions it hosts and that all other activities flow from this, ”Olivia Barrett, Founding Director and Owner of Chateau Shatto told Hyperallergic via email.
Participating galleries include longtime LA institutions like LA Louver and Regen Projects, more recently arrived international powerhouses Hauser & Wirth and Sprüth Magers, alongside a crop smaller local spaces such as Commonwealth & Council, Wilding Cran, Parker Gallery, Residency and Band of Vices. A selection of nonprofit and alternative spaces will also participate, including the 18th Street Arts Center, LAXART, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits, Human Resources, and the Canary Test.
To better manage LA’s sprawling terrain, organizers have divided the city into four regions: West, North, Central, and East. While galleries are open throughout the event, four “community days” will each feature extended programming and hours in a different area, starting with the Westside on Wednesday, July 28 and moving east to end on Saturday July 31.
Highlights of the exhibition include:
- The mystical and dreamlike paintings of Joel Dean in Bel-Ami. Each work has a large painted letter around which the artist creates fantastic scenes, populated by a strange cast of characters reminiscent of Bosch and Ensor.
- Australian painter Helen Johnson’s alluring post-modern pastiches at Château Chatto.
- Nuestrxs Putxs at Chinatown Human Resources Pillar, a transgressive celebration of the divine feminine with Isabelle Albuquerque, Bárbara Sánchez-Kane and Frieda Toranzo Jaeger.
- Bridget Mullen’s hallucinatory Birthday series at Shulamit Nazarian presents paintings representing the birth certificate that range from abstract to cartoonish, with eyeballs, doggy tongues and sultry body shapes emerging from rorschach-like shapes.
- A magnificent, materially rich, exhibition of works by Nari Ward covering the career at Jeffrey Deitch, the artist’s first in LA.
Highlights of the lineup include:
- A conversation between artist Raul Guerrero and Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Curatorial and Collections at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, July 30 at 5 p.m. at the David Kordansky Gallery. The two will discuss Guerrero’s current show in Kordansky, Morgana, which explores the stories and fictions rooted in specific places such as the Black Hills of South Dakota or contemporary Los Angeles, and how these relate to the artist’s own Métis ancestry.
- Various Small Fires and artist Sean Raspet will launch a plant sale with coffee and donuts July 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of its exhibition of new plant varieties mutated by radiation.
- Commissioners Mika Yoshitake and Kris Kuramitsu to discuss “Borders and Identity” at Blum & Poe on July 31 at 2 p.m. in conjunction with the first major American retrospective by Japanese artist Yukinori Yanagi presenting work that confronts nationalism, war and incarceration with technical precision and dark humor.
- Regen Projects and Phaidon Press will host a book release for photographer Catherine Opie at the artist’s studio on July 31 at 5 p.m.
LA’s oldest and newest art fairs, LA Art show and Felix respectively, will also be held at the same time, offering a critical mass of in-person art events featuring both Angeleno artists and artists. artistic spaces. “I hope Gallery Weekend helps visitors and locals understand that Los Angeles is not just an arbitrary backdrop for our programs,” Barrett said. “Our galleries are shaped by the forces that are unique to this city, both the encouraging conditions here in LA and the harshest.”