PRAZ–DELAVALLADE open a brand new gallery in Los Angeles*
When it comes to find a place for a contemporary art gallery, Los Angeles becomes quite challenging because of its hugeness and variety of avant-garde possible places from the North East to the South West. In terms of location and space Praz and Delavallade made quite a good choice. It is spacious, and the other galleries they share the address with are as well dedicated to the same demanding aesthetic: Marc Foxx, 1301 PE, Peter Mendenhall. And just a couple of steps from the gallery is the LACMA, ACE gallery or Sprüth Magers on the other way.
For their inaugural exhibition they show all together their American artists, who for some of them like Jim Shaw are part of the gallery since their inaugural show in Paris in the 90s.
Inaugural show featuring: Matthew Brandt, Kristian Burford, Matthew Chambers, Phil Chang, Sam Durant, EJ Hill, Julian Hoeber, Jim Isermann, Alexander Kroll, Joel Kyack, Dan Levenson, Nathan Mabry, Joe Reihsen, Ry Rocklen, Amanda Ross-Ho, Analia Saban, Jim Shaw, Marnie Weber, Brian Wills
*PRAZ-DELAVALLADE LOS ANGELES
6150 WILSHIRE BLVD, LOS ANGELES CA 90048
bAm: Since the 80s you had the chance to get to know the art scene of Los Angeles by coming on regular basis in LA, and you started from there to build very strong and successful relationship with art collectors from LA. Why did you decide to put one more foot in LA by opening a gallery?
René-Julien Praz: Our commitment to Los Angeles is a natural extension of our interest in the artists we’ve been supporting since the mid nineteen’s. Some have already a representation, some haven’t, so we’re considering that it makes sense by putting one more foot in LA.
You’re right to underline our long commitment with Jim Shaw. I can recall the first group show we made in Paris in 1996 with Jim, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon et Benjamin Weissman. A great show but with limited commercial success at the time! !
After second thought we came to the conclusion it would be fair to show some European artists we’re fond of and whom have not West coast representation
bAm: you usually show LA artists in LA, do you intend to show a little bit of French artists too?
bAm: as you know the LA art scene pretty well. Give me your opinion about the art made in Paris compared to the art made in LA.
bAm: What do you like very much in the art market from LA that is missing in France and vice versa?