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Leading commercial LA art galleries

April 09, 2021

One of America’s most innovative and exciting art hubs, Los Angeles’ galleries and exhibition spaces demand exploration. Whether you’re looking to purchase a painting to take home with you, or simply want to get a sense of the city’s rapidly evolving creative scene, here are five must-visit commercial galleries.

Gagosian, Beverly Hills

With exhibition spaces in New York, London, Hong King and throughout Europe, Gagosian might have established an international reputation, but it was born in Los Angeles in 1980. Behind the unassuming white exterior of this renowned exhibition space lies an inspiring schedule of exhibitions from some of the world’s greatest living artists. However, if you don’t manage to make it to the Beverly Hills gallery, it’s worth remembering that its digital marketplace and online viewing rooms are always open, while the titles produced by its publishing house invite readers to meet artists in their studios and feast their eyes on a world of contemporary creations.

456 N Camden Dr, Beverly Hills CA 90210

Exterior white facade of the Gagosian art gallery
Courtesy of Gagosian, Beverly Hills. Photo by Jeff McLane
Red brick facade of an urban building
Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles. Photo by Phoebe Solomon

Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles

A relative newcomer to the scene, Hauser & Wirth took up residence in a former flour mill in the heart of Los Angeles’ Art District in 2016. True to the area’s community-focused atmosphere, the space has been transformed into a welcoming events venue that plays host to a dynamic programme, which includes workshops, music and dance performances, film screenings and artist-led conversations. Aside from the exhibitions, the arty attractions continue at the on-site restaurant Manuela, which features specially commissioned pieces by Paul McCarthy and Raymond Pettibon. If browsing for your next piece of art has caused you to work up an appetite, pull up a chair and dine on a menu that celebrates seasonal ingredients sourced from farms and producers across Southern California. 

901 E 3rd St, Los Angeles CA 90013

L.A. Louver, Venice 

Situated just a block behind Venice’s well-known Muscle Beach, the art hanging in L.A. Louver packs a serious punch. Attend an exhibition, soak up the minimalist ambiance of the Viewing Rooms or book a private appointment to help you make a final decision on the piece you might like to purchase. There’s also the opportunity to discover the work of tomorrow’s artistic movers and shakers, thanks to the Rogue Wave programme, which shines a spotlight on local talent. Here you can see solo projects and group exhibitions from some of Southern California’s most exciting emerging artists.

45 N Venice Blvd, Venice CA 90291

Exterior of LA Louver gallery in Venice
Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA. Photography by Jeff McLane
Blue painted artworks inside the exhibition gallery at the Gagosian gallery
Courtesy of Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, photo by Karl Puchlik

Kohn Gallery, Hollywood 

One of Los Angeles’ most impressive private galleries, this sleek destination regularly hosts standout exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Opened in 1985 by director and former Flash Art Magazine editor Michael Kohn, and moving to its current location in a former printing press warehouse in 2014, you only have to look at one of the gallery’s early exhibitions ­– Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Boxes – to get a sense of the scale of ambition and eye-catching aesthetic that informs the decision behind every piece of art that’s hanging on its walls. Named one of the ‘most important showcases of modern art on the West Coast’ by the Wall Street Journal, it’s a great place to purchase pieces from some of today’s most influential international artists.

1227 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles CA 90038

Jeffrey Deitch, Hollywood 

From curating American artist Judy Chicago’s bright and bold installations to presenting some of Ai Weiwei’s most remarkable works, there’s always something good to gaze at within this bright white Art Deco-style exhibition space on Orange Drive. Having worked as an art dealer for Jeff Koons and handled the estate of Keith Haring, owner Jeffrey Deitch is a respected member of the art world – and the world-class exhibitions at his Hollywood gallery are testament to that. 

925 N Orange Dr, Los Angeles CA 90038

Art displayed inside Jeffrey Deitch gallery
Courtesy of Jeffrey Deitch

Whether you are staying at The Beverly Hills Hotel or Hotel Bel-Air, a visit to Los Angeles offers an unparalleled opportunity to see outstanding modern art. Discover fresh talent and marvel at pieces by established artists at these must-experience spaces.

Header image courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA. Photography by Jeff McLane

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