Melrose gallery with Frieze LA works on display
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Los Angeles’ Contemporary Art Scene

February 15, 2022

If you’re visiting Los Angeles for the global contemporary art fair Frieze Los Angeles, these emerging galleries, each garnering a reputation for exhibiting new artists and dynamic works, are sure to inspire.

Frieze Los Angeles

From Thursday, February 17 to Sunday, February 20, Frieze Los Angeles 2022 will be held in a new location in Beverly Hills. Art fans will be welcome to browse works from 100 galleries including Victoria Miro and Hannah Hoffman, and visit Focus LA, which will showcase 11 emerging LA-based galleries. Meanwhile, Frieze Week (from Monday, February 14) takes place across the city. Highlights include Harper’s Los Angeles and the rainbow-hued projections and sound installations in Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor by the Swiss video artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

9900 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA 90210

Baert Gallery art piece blue shapes with reflections
Long Quiet River, 2022. Photo courtesy of Baert Gallery by Vasilios Michail
Stanley's art and antique exterior in LA
Photo courtesy of Bill Kleiman


A neon sign advertising Asian gifts and novelty souvenirs marks the entrance to Stanley’s, one of the latest galleries to open in Chinatown. Owned by Sebastian Gladstone, Stanley’s is showing at Focus LA at Frieze Los Angeles 2022 for the first time this year. Specialising in sculpture, painting and design, recent exhibitions include a solo show by the LA-based craft artist Magnus Maxine – who addresses personal trauma and oppression through quilting – and Oklahoma-born Timo Fahler’s stained glass, which explores themes of identity from the ego to the alter-ego.

944 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012


Gattopardo opened in 2021 near Elysian Park, and will be exhibiting Dirk Knibbe’s steel sculptures and Gabriel Madan’s vivid paintings at Focus LA. In owner Alex Nazari’s words, “A successful contemporary art gallery tangibly nurtures artistic growth. I think Gattopardo was chosen to participate in Frieze Los Angeles because most of the artists we work with haven’t shown extensively yet, and that point of view can be an exciting counterbalance in an established art fair.” In February 2022, Gattopardo’s Air Kiss will showcase 10 artists, including Marcus Zúñiga, a sculptor from New Mexico who takes his inspiration from the sun.

2626 N Figueroa Street, Unit C, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Gattopardo colorful art in Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Gattopardo
Rory Devine Fine Art (RDFA)
Courtesy of Rory Devine Fine Art

Rory Devine Fine Art (RDFA)

Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours hosts excursions in the neighbourhoods of Culver City and Boyle Heights. Director Bill Kleiman particularly recommends RDFA, which opened in 2021. He says, “RDFA is run by the gallerist Rory Devine, who introduced pivotal artists like Amy Adler and George Stoll to Los Angeles’ art scene at his then gallery, TRI, in the 1990s. While RDFA’s exhibitions are focused on mid-career artists, it is not unusual to find emerging artists, too. Self-effacing humour and friendships within Los Angeles’ longstanding artist community are contributing factors to Devine’s curatorial choices.”

3209 W Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90018

Harper’s Los Angeles

Kleiman also recommends Harper’s Los Angeles, which opened in late 2021 – the fourth gallery of the New York-based brand. Established in 1997 on Long Island, Harper’s explores relationships between fine art and print media and draws on founder Harper Levine’s decades-long career as a rare book dealer. Upcoming exhibitions include paintings by costume designer Art Rosenbaum and new paintings by JJ Manford from mid-February 2022.

8115 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Art on display by Claire Colette Harpers Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Joshua Schaedel

Stay at The Beverly Hills Hotel to make time to explore LA’s galleries, from the unique studios of Chinatown and showrooms in Santa Monica to the galleries that line Culver City.

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