Los Angeles is one of the top American cities in terms of the art world. It has become an art scene that thrives from its own unique structure and rules. The city is becoming known worldwide for supporting established and emerging artists; it is also home to a large community of younger artists who arrived in L.A. to attend the city's art schools. The art collectors in L.A. are most interested in contemporary genres that have been on a continuous upswing since 2000. L.A. has become world renowned for being a contemporary art city; after several decades of arriving to at this status, the transformation appears to have happened overnight.
The Downtown L.A. Artwalk has become a travel destination for tourists from all over the world. This art tour of downtown L.A. is a self-guided event for bringing the community together to celebrate the arts on the second Thursday of every month from Noon - 10pm. Exciting artistic offerings are provided by downtown L.A. Galleries, artists, bars, restaurants, and shops. Most of the activities take place on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th street. Art buyers and appreciators can enjoy browsing through the art exhibits while finishing off the evening at dining and entertainment establishments. Currently, there are more than 28 venues on their Artwalk map; each venue contributing in its own way to the thriving arts community in downtown L.A.
Notable Galleries and Studios
Since L.A. has become a world travel destination spot for the arts, it can be expected that there are numerous galleries and arts venues.
Hive Gallery & Studios
The Hive Gallery is a unique gallery/studio space that was founded in 2005. They have an impressive art agenda that includes 5 featured artists each month, two full galleries, 25 working artists with studios, and an artist-made item store. The Hive Gallery is one of the longest standing galleries in L.A. and was pivotal in establishing L.A. as a world renowned art 'hot-spot'. Aside from visual arts, The Hive Gallery also hosts a plethora of fund raising events, artist workshops, and movie screenings. Inside a thriving community of artists can be found that is as alive as the work showcased on the walls. The Hive Gallery is located at 729 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Another one of L.A.s premier art galleries includes Ace Gallery. Ace Gallery was founded in 1961 by the current director, Douglas Christmas. This gallery is known for its museum quality exhibitions. They showcase artists in every level of their career including emerging and mid-career artists. Their art programming uses a balance of these artists to provide a diverse art experience. The Ace Gallery is located at 5514 Wilshire Blvd #200, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Michael Kohn Gallery
Founded in 1985, the Michael Kohn Gallery has curated shows of historical importance including exhibits from Andy Warhol and a number of talented important artists. Aside from historical exhibits and collections, The Michael Kohn Gallery represents of a list of emerging and mid-career artists work from internationally recognized artists. The Michael Kohn Gallery is located at 8071 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048
We would be remiss if we covered the L.A. art scene without mentioning The Museum of Contemporary Art. Permanent collections of artists work inside the MOCA include: Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenburg. They have been collecting, interpreting, and exhibiting art since the 1940s. They are located at 250 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Perhaps this city does not possess the notable collections of historic art found in New York, Paris, or London. But with the contemporary scene moving forward at this rate L.A. is catching up to and in some ways passing these cities.