As the velvet ropes parted on the highly anticipated international gallery Hauser Wirth & Schimmel staked its claim in the Downtown Arts District in LA. Announcing it’s self with a hand on there chest “We are the 1st Art Center in Los Angeles” Marking themselves the epicenter for artistic production.
Hauser Wirth & Schimmel opened with visually spectacular spaces, and architectural vastness. The venue which took over a late 19th century flour mill, does well to avoid naming, floating between work space, educational center, gallery and museum. This mammoth venue, spanning approximately 116,000 square feet, is currently showing the exhibition titled “Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947-2016 in multi-part museum-caliber exhibition spaces which utilizies only 23,700 square feet. Not to my surprise much of this exhibition comes from outside of Hauser & Wirth and consists of works from approximately 60 museums, estates and private collections. Let’s be real here Hauser & Wirth are in the business of running an international art empire. I’ll have to say the wine and dine was nice.
Let’s take a peak at some of the work you will see opening night, which is Sunday March 13th, I took the liberty of getting a bit lost and wanting to see not just what Hauser Wirth & Schimmel wanted to show the Press.
So why Los Angeles? what is it that makes the LA art world, and the work that has been produced here, so unique that Wirth has “dreamt of making a lasting contribution to the Los Angeles community that means so much to our artists and to us personally.” He continues to say that “LA has been an essential part of Hauser & Wirth’s history since there inception more than 25 years ago. The energy and originality of the city have fueled the work of our artists – those based in Los Angeles and those around the world inspired by it.” It is difficult though not to see the arrival of this multimillion-dollar international art gallery can be seen as merely being representative or supportive of the neighborhood It is fair to say that It is uncertain to know at this point the impact Hauser Wirth & Schimmel will have on the LA art scene, but one thing is for certain the Arts District has arrived, but take it with a grain of salt.
I almost forgot. The free tote bag!
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