LOS ANGELES – A gallery association that formed here a year ago to promote artists online when the spaces were closed due to the pandemic is now holding their first offline event: Gallery Weekend Los Angeles.
The Gallery Association Los Angeles event runs from July 28th to August 1st. At least 74 participating galleries and non-profit organizations offer a mix of exhibitions and events such as artist talks and performances, as well as some extended night hours. The weekend coincides with Felix, an art fair at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel that debuted in 2019 and is set to draw collectors to town.
“Summer has never been a slow time for us as it is in New York or cities in Europe because so many people from these places travel to LA in the summer,” said Kibum Kim, Commonwealth and Council partner and member of the Works Committee of the Galleries Association. “I think we all did great exhibitions in the summer months.”
His gallery will host three exhibitions: experimental photography by Elle Pérez; a new video by Mariah Garnett; and an off-site project in a Pasadena storefront by Cayetano Ferrer using building fragments from the recent demolition of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus.
Shaun Caley Regen, one of the city’s leading gallery owners for the past three decades, said she couldn’t remember anything like this happening in Los Angeles. “I’ve been to Zurich and Berlin on several gallery weekends and it’s amazing what galleries can achieve when they get together – people would fly in from anywhere,” she said, noting that Gallery Weekend is an annual event. While her gallery Regen Projects is closed for construction work, a group exhibition with sculptures by artists such as Anish Kapoor and Liz Larner will take place on the roof terrace; Another artist she represents, Catherine Opie, is holding a book signing in her own studio on July 31st.
Other highlights include an exhibition at Château Shatto with new large-format paintings by the artist Helen Johnson from Melbourne, Australia. “We did our first solo show with her in 2015, and we’ve had a number of institutional solo shows since then,” said Olivia Barrett, gallery owner at Château Shatto.
And the Lar Arts curators Nika Chilewich and Sara Frier are organizing an exhibition entitled “Nuestrxs Putxs” – a gender-neutral version of “nuestras putas” or “our whores” – for the non-profit art space Human Resources with ritual, female-centered work by Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, Bárbara Sánchez-Kane and Isabelle Albuquerque. The space will also have a souvenir shop with objects organized by cultural advisor Anita Herrera, the curators wrote, “inspired by the souvenir culture of shrines and other religious pilgrimage sites”.
The website galleryplatform.la will provide an overview of the events and exhibitions of the Gallery Weekend, combined with a map of the galleries.