Downtown Los Angeles is an excellent spot to see good contemporary art, and meet with very dedicated gallerists. BCh
Originally the whole district –stuck between Little Tokyo -North- the Fashion District –West- the Los Angeles River -West- and East Washington Boulevard –South- was composed of warehouses to storage any imaginable kind of products Los Angeles would need. Another part of the warehouses served for filming purpose.
Nowadays, in 2016, the district has changed a lot to become the new Chelsea of LA. New concept stores and restaurants pop up there as well as brand new all-in-concrete residential programs.
International art galleries decided to settle there like Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, among many other trendy galleries.
Things to know to prevent from getting lost or disappointed:
Why do art galleries settle Downtown in North East Los Angeles within the trucks circulation? Because this is a place where a year ago (2014) the renting of a gallery was only $1500 dollars a month or even less in Chinatown…
Be aware that any ways you take you’ll have to face the 35 to 70 minutes driving and go to Downtown, North East Los Angeles.
A large majority of warehouses are still very active which and generate an important traffic of huge large trucks coming in and coming out. It means that the streets are full of potholes because the traffic is so busy out there.
Before to get there, look at the addresses below and use your GPS to find the right gallery because the trend is to not put any name on the front.
To park your car use the private parking.
Galleries are open for sure from Thursday through Saturday, from 11am or 12, to 5 or 6pm.
LIST OF GALLERIES
356 MISSION 356 S. Mission Rd.
THE BOX 805 Traction Ave
CB1 Gallery, 1923 S Santa Fe Ave
Post beatnik art from L.A
CES Gallery, 709 & 711 Mateo St
Very dedicated gallerist
Charlie James Gallery, 969, Chung King Road
West coast Emerging artists
Chimento Contemporary, 622 S Andersen St, Space 105
West Coast Emerging Artists
Cirrus Gallery, 2011 Santa Fe avenue
Prints from major artists and West Coast Emerging artists
Francois Ghebaly Gallery, 2245 E Washington Blvd
Excellent curated shows
All medium for conceptual art
Emerging and Established from L.A and Europe
Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel, 901E 3d Street
The best gallery of Los Angeles
The space has the size of a museum in order to show magnificent installations
Harmony Murphy Gallery, 358 E 2nd Street
Excellent eye, very dedicated gallerist
Artists from NY & Los Angeles
Ibid Projects Los Angeles, 675 S. Santa Fe Avenue
Little Big Man Gallery, 801 Mateo St
Mama Gallery, on the move
Located in a former vineyard the place is a piece of history.
“No strings attached” gallery. They don’t work with a predetermined formal stable preferring to let the chance to impromptu for organizing group shows or solo shows.
Very Dedicated gallerist
Mihai Nicodim Gallery, 571 South Anderson Street, Unit B
One of the best combination location+space. This place is awesome
Excellent eye for painting
Emerging artists mainly from Europe
Night Gallery 2276 E 16th Street
PYO Gallery LA 1100 S Hope St #105
Mostly Korean Art from
Established and Emerging artists
Rosamund Felsen Gallery No longer a Gallery, consult the website
ROYALE PROJECT 432 S Alameda Street (entrance on Seaton Street between 4th & 5th Streets)
Wilding Cran Gallery, 939 South Santa Fe avenue
Two galleries (one for rent); Very dedicated gallerist
Excellent curated shows
Emerging & Established artists
Fahrenheit, 2245 E Washington Blvd
Founded by Flax foundation
Combo of French Artists Residencies + exhibitions
A bit apart (for the moment) the place is composed by 3 great spaces for exhibition, 2 main floor and 1 in the basement
“No strings attached” gallery, just exhibition as they feel..
The place includes Oogaboogastore
6,500 sq ft of gallery space fit for art exhibits, events, and film/photo productions
THE ARTS DISTRICT EAT & COFFEE
Arts District Night marks the largest coordinated schedule of events and openings for Arts District businesses and highlights the sense of community that is growing strong in the neighborhood.
Names & Addresses, consult:
Some restaurants are only open by night
GET THE VIBES OF DOWNTOWN WITH SOME MORE IMAGES
Around Anderson Street