In many cultures, the 13th year symbolizes a coming-of-age, a marker of maturation
after which one passes into adulthood. This year Bergamot Station Arts Complex meets that magical number, and art ltd. takes the opportunity to consider the past and future of this remarkable arts entity. Encompassing some three dozen art spaces, including some of the city’s most highly regarded galleries, and the addition in 1998 of a major regional museum, Bergamot is more than just the hub of L.A.’s thriving gallery scene; it has become a vital lynchpin in the city’s identity as an art center. And while newer art districts such as Culver City and Chinatown have made a significant impact on the shifting map of L.A.’s gallery scene, Bergamot remains a unique-and in its own way, uniquely successful -template: a sprawling, self-enclosed enclave, offering its own parking, in which the art lover can take in a thorough cross-section of the range of contemporary artwork L.A. has to offer, browse some art books, and even grab a bite to eat without ever having to turn the ignition key.
Bergamot Station’s history began at least a century before its redevelopment in 1994. The Bergamot Station Arts Center is, in fact, named for the original use of the warehouse buildings, as a stop on the Santa Monica Air Line railroad that stretched from downtown to the water’s edge. It has been alternately home to a celery-packing operation, an ice company, a lumber company, a paving company, and finally a manufacturer of hot water heaters. In 1989, the land was purchased by the City of Santa Monica with the aim of transforming the site once again into a rail stop, this time with an emphasis on light rail passenger transport. The project was delayed indefinitely, and the City, already involved in a rezoning effort that would encourage galleries to move into vacant buildings in former industrial areas, sought assistance in transforming the empty Bergamot Station into an arts destination.
After a history of successful re-adaptive use projects, including the transformation of an abandoned airplane hangar at the Santa Monica airport into artist studio spaces, Wayne Blank of Shoshana Wayne Gallery, was invited to view the Bergamot Station property. “I stood against this wall right here,” Blank says, gesturing to a location in the outdoor space of the gallery that he and his wife now co-own. “I looked 400 feet down this building with no beams in it, a clear span. I thought, ‘Wow, look at these high, cathedral-like ceilings; it’d be perfect for galleries.’ So, I said, ‘Okay, I like this building.’” But Howard Robinson, the property manager who was touring Blank around the site, countered. Blank recalls, “He told me, ‘No, you’ve got to take the whole thing.’”
Blank consulted friends and colleagues across the city. He explains, “The market had gone south in 1990-91. People were struggling a little bit, even if they’d been around a long time.” In quick succession Dorothy Goldeen, Patricia Faure, Rosamund Felsen and others expressed interest in moving to Bergamot. “As soon as these people came on board, I never had to solicit anyone else. Everyone else called me.”
Interest in the space was high, but Blank knew that the Bergamot galleries also needed to represent a diversity of styles. “It couldn’t all be one type of art. It was better to make the place more eclectic.” Even though these selections sparked criticism initially, today the broad range of art and artistic practices represented by the galleries at Bergamot Station contributes to its continued appeal. As Samuel Freeman, who officially took over as executive director of the venerable Patricia Faure Gallery in January 2006, says, “There’s such a wide variety of galleries and dealers and art that is being shown here that I don’t have to cater to everyone who walks by. I can have a very specific image and a specific set of artists who I show.”
With roughly 36 individual art spaces, a visitor to Bergamot Station can, in just one day, take in a sweeping variety of art and design. Rose Gallery, Craig Krull Gallery, Gallery Luisotti, and Peter Fetterman Gallery are each devoted to photography, though their emphases vary greatly. Rose Gallery represents, among others, the masters Manuel Alvarez Bravo and William Eggleston. Craig Krull Gallery shows contemporary greats Michael Kenna and Jeff Brouws, as well as painting and artists working in more the broadly defined genres of photo-based media. The contemporary, often documentary vein of Gallery Luisotti includes works by John Divola, Simon Norfolk, and Catherine Wagner. Peter Fetterman concentrates on classic black-and-white imagery in the humanist tradition.
Frank Lloyd Gallery is the longtime home of leading Southern California ceramic artists, including John Mason, Ralph Bacerra, Adrian Saxe, and Tony Marsh, as well as minimalist sculptors Larry Bell and Craig Kauffman. Over the last year, Lloyd has expanded the gallery’s scope to include painting and drawing. Richard Heller Gallery shows contemporary works, with an emphasis on works on paper and paintings in an illustrative though often fantastic vein. The gallery’s roster includes Marcel Dzama, Rachell Sumpter, William Cordova, and Brendan Monroe.
Ruth Bachofner Gallery has championed abstract painting for over 20 years, though recent additions to the gallery’s stable include some representational and conceptual work as well. Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art shows California-based painters and sculptors, including Lawrence Gipe and Raymond Saunders, and features work that range from figurative to abstract. Patrick Painter draws from a large, international pool of contemporary artistic talent that ranges from emerging to established artists, including Valie Export, Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley. Since 2003 Patricia Correia Gallery has focused on contemporary works by Mexican-American artists across the United States, including George Yepes, Robert Hernandez, and Ernest Silva.
The Santa Monica Museum of Art, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2008, relocated to Bergamot Station from Main Street in Santa Monica in 1998. As a kunsthalle-or non-collecting institution-the Museum is able to augment Bergamot’s mercantile appeal with its rigorous, far-reaching curatorial program. Offering cutting-edge temporary exhibitions, plus a host of ancillary programs such as arts education classes for adults and children, SMMoA has become a key element to Bergamot’s success and to expanding its appeal to a broad audience. Elsa Longhauser, who has been executive director of SMMoA since June 2000, is enthusiastic about its location. “I think they felt that they needed more space for major exhibitions and programs and that they wanted to be a part of this active and vital arts community… It’s a very nice thing to be a part of a dedicated art scene, where everybody comes to see a wide array of contemporary art.” She adds, “We see ourselves as the focal point because of our commitment to identifying the important voices in the chorus of contemporary art that need to be heard.”
As an exemplar of SMMoA’s mission, Longhauser cites the Museum’s upcoming installation by L.A. conceptual artist (and CalArts teacher) Michael Asher, which opens January 25. For the exhibit, Asher will be chronicling the Museum’s last decade by recreating the walls for the 40 temporary exhibitions SMMoA has staged in its new site over the last decade. “It’s essentially a history of all the shows we’ve put on since we moved to Bergamot Station… an exquisite labyrinth, made up of only frames and studs,” Longhauser explains. “It should be very powerful and visually s
The something-for-everyone atmosphere of Bergamot Station isn’t limited to the visual arts. Many gallerists also donate the use of their large spaces to support non-profit or political causes. They cite everything from benefits for the Los Angeles Ballet to political forums and music events, including a release party for Neil Young’s latest album and a concert by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Tom Patchett, owner of Track 16 Gallery, is particularly proud of his gallery’s reputation for being, as he describes it, “enigmatic in our presentation of exhibitions. Very rarely is Track 16 a gallery that installs exhibitions just to show art. We really are more like a kunsthalle or a foundation. We take a lot of chances, some of which backfire and a lot of which are looked down upon by fine art critics and people who define art as one kind of thing, as opposed to all things.”
Patchett’s own interest in the narrative nature of art is also evident in Track 16’s exhibitions. One of the gallery’s first exhibitions, entitled “Eats,” included works of contemporary art, as well as neon signs and a fully intact diner. Though the diner is now hidden behind a temporary wall, the concept of integrating artwork into a larger historical or topical narrative endures at Track 16. In November and December 2007, the gallery presented the work of Ann Summa, a photographer who extensively documented Los Angeles’ punk scene in the 1980s. In addition to showcasing this large body of work, much of which has never before been exhibited, in December Track 16 transformed one room of their cavernous space into a re-creation of the L.A. punk bar in which many of Summa’s photographs were taken. Punk bands Human Hands, the Deadbeats, and others took over the space on closing night. “It’s a narrative; it’s history,” Patchett explained animatedly. “We bring pieces of history together to tell a story.”
Former punk rockers mixing with young hipsters and suave collectors at the Summa opening goes a long way to representing the diversity not just of the art at Bergamot Station but also the audience that the arts complex draws. Blank describes the difference between Bergamot and his former space on Fifth Street: “We used to see people, good collectors, maybe three or four times a year, and you only did six or eight shows per year. They might’ve been out of town; they might not have cared for the work. But when you have 36 galleries or 40 galleries, they’re in the neighborhood. Literally, they’re on the property.”
Robert Berman, owner of Robert Berman Gallery and Santa Monica Auctions, both located at Bergamot, breathes an ironic sigh. He mock-reminisces, “It seems like only yesterday…” The joke, however, gives way to real memories, and he continues, “The opening night, I remember, we were all here, almost all the same players who are here now. Once you come to Bergamot, you don’t leave. There’s something very seductive and beautiful about it: the light, the shapes of the buildings. You even develop a fondness for the parking lot, in a weird love-hate way.”
Even in this brief recollection, Berman touches on several of the points that have made the complex unique and enduring. All agree that the 350-space parking lot is essential to the success of Bergamot. As Blank says, “You don’t have that L.A. syndrome of parking your car 10 times to go to 10 different places.”
William Turner, whose eponymous gallery moved to Bergamot from Venice in 2003 to fill a rare vacancy, also notes the frequency with which galleries are often forced to relocate in other parts of the city. Of Bergamot he says, “It’s an anomaly in the art world to find galleries that have stayed in that space for such a long period of time.” Turner recalls that he once offered to help a visitor confirm the locations of Venice and Santa Monica galleries listed in an out-of-date Art in America annual guide. He marvels, “In a two-year period, out of 30 or more galleries on the map only five or so were still in the same location.”
As gallery districts change throughout the city, with Culver City, Chinatown, and downtown accruing substantial press in recent years, interest in Bergamot has not wavered. Attendance figures remain fairly constant, hovering between 600,000 and 800,000 visitors annually. Blank maintains that the interest in these new neighborhoods benefits Bergamot symbiotically. “The more art venues, the more interest that it generates in the arts overall,” he reasons. “But no matter what business you are in, if it is successful, you always have to re-create and re-energize yourself. There’s always a new-new thing, and you either have to compete with it or be it to keep out in front.” Such advice registers differently with different galleries at Bergamot. Some of the change occurs organically or out of necessity, such as Freeman’s takeover of Patricia Faure Gallery, or Heather Harmon’s recent move to direct Patrick Painter Gallery. How these changes are then made visible in the public face of the gallery is less deterministic. Freeman relates, “One of the hallmarks of Patricia Faure Gallery is Patty’s elegance. She knows everyone and she’s widely respected, so there’s a certain weight and gravity to the gallery that I really want to continue. My challenge is to take that and reinvigorate it.” Aside from tweaking the roster to more completely reflect the art and artists that Freeman himself believes in, physical changes to the space also reveal the new personality at the helm. Upon taking over, Freeman reconfigured the gallery entrance and rerouted visitors through what was formerly a disused sculpture garden. “It separates us from the parking lot. Now you enter through that gate and you have a couple seconds of breathing room where you’re no longer in the parking lot and you’re not quite in the gallery yet. With the old doors you could stand in the gallery and, as in most galleries, you’d look out and see the parking lot. Now you enter the gallery and you’re entirely in this space; there’s nothing else going on.”
Looking ahead toward the future Wayne Blank says, “I think that we can be a long range and integral part of what’s going on in Santa Monica. By taking the initiative, hopefully we can guarantee the long-term existence of Bergamot as an art entity that is integral to the city.” An active participant at public hearings, Blank refers to the purchase of one of Bergamot’s neighboring properties by a developer who aims to create high-end office space. He qualifies the fears that some have over Bergamot Station’s continued existence by saying, “It’s all relative to what goes on in the public hearings. The people in the city all look at Bergamot Station as a more or less public entity that they own, in essence, just as they feel they own the Third Street Promenade. There’s no question that the people of Santa Monica want to keep Bergamot as an art entity.”
Regardless of the impressive attendance figures, Robert Berman says, “Every day people walk in here and they say, ‘I just heard about Bergamot’ or ‘I’d heard of Bergamot, but I’d never been.’ So it takes 13, 14, 15 years for people to start to understand it.” As Bergamot Station comes into its own and the enthusiastic response of its audience grows, one can expect that these remarkably dedicated and creative galleries will continue to find new and exciting ways to engage the public in diverse and meaningful dialogues about art.
Bobbie Greenfield Gallery
Bobbie Greenfield, Director
Established in 1975, specializing in
prints, drawings and unique works on paper by American Contemporary Masters. A member in good standing of the International Fine Print Dealer’s Association and Fine Art Dealers Association, as of May, 2007 the gallery has expanded and is now associated with Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles. Artists: Charles Arnoldi, Guy Dill, Jim Dine, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Ellsworth Kelley, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Ed Ruscha, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol. 2008 Highlights: Guy Dill -Wall Panels and Sculpture; Richard Serra -New Works; Jasper Johns – Black and White; Sol LeWitt – Print Retrospective; Charles Arnoldi – Signing of new monograph book.
Craig Krull Gallery
Craig Krull, Owner
(310) 828-6410 www.artnet.com/ckrull.html
The gallery emphasis is photo-based media and painting. Our areas of interest include work which addresses our relationship to the land, particularly America and the West, architectural photography, work which pertains to the cultural history of Southern California. Artists: Peter Alexander, Carlos Almaraz, Jeff Brouws, Jo Ann Callis, James Fee, Llyn Foulkes, Michael Kenna, Astrid Preston, Julius Shulman, Masao Yamamoto. 2008 Highlights: Feb 23: Connie Jenkins: Tide Pools (paintings), Camille Solyagua (photographs), John Valadez; April 5: Astrid Preston; May 17: Don Bachardy.
Gary Pressman, Owner
(310) 398-2643 www.copronason.com
This gallery’s perspective on the arts stems from the mid-twentieth century “pop” movement relative to Beatnik, Cad, Googie, Hodad, Kitsch and Surfdom. If these names don’t ring a bell how about “Lowbrow”, “Hipster”, “Pin-Up” or “Outsider art.”
Anais Wade, Director
(310) 829-9856 www.d3projects.net
The gallery opened in June 2007 to bring an interactive and friendly art environment. Our aim is to become and artistic forum based on a participative spirit. Main focus on photography and contemporary art. Artists: None. Independent and open submissions art space. 2008 Highlights: Jan 12: Vernacular Photo Fair (Found and Anonymous Snapshots), Jan 5: The American Typologies. Gail Woods and Jacqueline Pine; Feb 23: Benefit photography show for the Children’s Action Network; April 12: Vanessa Matthews Paintings (to be confirmed)
Jeff Gambill, Director
(310) 829-0345 www.figgallery.com
Featuring contemporary artists from SoCal working in all media. Artists: Sam Amato, Joseph Blaustein, John de Heras, Elliot Elgart, Margaret W. Gallegos, Curtis Hoekzema, William Lane, Martin Lubner, Chris Madans, Keisho Okayama. 2008 Highlights: Curtis Hoekzema, Sam Amato, Elliot Elgart, Otella Wruck and Hilary Taub
Frank Pictures Gallery
Laurie Frank, Owner
(310) 828-0211 www.frankpicturesgallery.com
Contemporary painting, photography and sculpture shown at Bergamot Station daily and at my home on Mondays by appointment Artists: Horace Bristol, Shirley Cannon, Long Bin Chen, Cayetana Conrad, David Florimbi, Malone Mills, Maria Munroe, Robert Stivers, Qingnian Tang, Melly Trochez. 2008 Highlights: Lynn Goldsmith photographs from her induction in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame; Patricia Terrell-O’Neal Frankenstein
Frank Lloyd Gallery
Frank Lloyd, Owner Vicki Phung, Associate Director
(310) 264-3866 www.franklloyd.com
Established in 1996, representing contemporary painting, sculpture and ceramics. Primarily emphasizing artists that emerged in California since 1950, the gallery also presents ceramics in the context of the contemporary art world. In addition to the mission of re-contextualizing the achievements of major figures in West Coast art, the gallery promotes the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Artists: Ralph Bacerra, Larry Bell, Robert Hudson, Craig Kauffman, Cindy Kolodziejski, Tony Marsh, John Mason, Ed Moses, Peter Shire, Peter Voulkos. 2008 Highlights: Larry Bell: New Work; Ed Moses: New Work; Craig Kauffman: Recent Wall Reliefs.
Theresa Luisotti, Owner Alex Weber, Director
(310) 453-0043 www.artnet.com/luisotti.htm
Presenting photography focused on the landscape, with a special emphasis on the 1970s New Topographics and contemporary photographers working in this tradition, from the US and Germany. Artists: Lewis Baltz, Frank Breuer, Joachim Brohm, Terry Evans, Christina Fernandez, Bernhard Fuchs, Barbara Kasten, Shirley Irons, Lewis Morley, Simone Nieweg, Anne Noble, Simon Norfolk, Heinrich Riebesehl, Milton Rogovin, Tata Ronkholz, Mark Ruwedel, Toshio Shibata, Wilhelm Schürmann, Catherine Wagner, Henry Wessel.
Grey McGear Modern, Inc.
Grey McGear, Curator
(310) 315-0925 email@example.com
Specializing in Post Modern figurative painting referencing Old Master Painting and Film Noir. Much of the basis of the subject matter resides in dream life. Artists: Vincent Calenzo, Jeff Weekley, Leslie Balleweg, Narina Sokolov, David FeBland.
Kay Richards, Owner
(310) 828-6629 www.ikonltd.com
Specializes in work on paper from Modern and Contemporary masters, maintaining an active inventory. We also assist clients in locating significant works. Artists: Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Vik Muniz, Raymond Pettibon, Yayoi Kusama, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann.
James Gray Gallery
James Gray, Owner
(310) 315-9502 www.jamesgraygallery.com
Established in 1989, the gallery exhibits local and international painters and sculptors. The Gallery features emerging and blue chip artists. Artists: Nate Seubert, Beatrice Findlay , Claude Bentley, Jeff Gillette, Jeff Matsuno, Craig French, Jim Varga, Paul Bedard, Kevork Cholakian, Dan Van Clapp. 2008 Highlights: February 9: Matteo
Lois Lambert Gallery
Lois Lambert, Owner
GALLERY OF FUNCTIONAL ART
(310) 829-6990 www.galleryoffunctionalart.net
The Gallery of Functional Art represents artists from all over the world who create objects that are both sculpture and useable objects. Our Gallery store is a museum store featuring jewelry, ceramics, tabletop and high-design objects. Lois Lambert Gallery represents mixed media, painting and sculpture artists. Artists: Gordon Chandler, Chris Mason, Henry Royer, Carmen Spera, Richard Sudden, Johnny Swing, Gabriel Wiese, Peter Winter, Ted Swiet, F.L. Wall. 2008 Highlights: November 7: Chris Mason and Carmen Spera; January 12: The Group; March 15: Henry Royer; May 17: F.L. Wall.
Lora Schlesinger Gallery
Lora Schlesinger, Owner
(formerly Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art)
(310) 828-1133 www.loraschlesinger.com
Originated in 1975, the primary focus is on contemporary California painters and sculptors. We also act as art advisors to designers, architects, corporations and private clients. Artists: Robert Ginder, Lawrence Gipe, Laura Lasworth, Christopher Murphy, Enjeong Noh, Masayuki Oda, Robin Palanker, Sarah Perry, Raymond Saunders, Richard Sedivy. 2008 Highlights: Jan 12: Gifford Myers, “Wait A Minute;” Nathaniel Wiley, New Paintings; Feb 23: Judith Foosaner, paintings; April 5: Adonna Khare, drawings; May 17: Ann Chamberlin, paintings Sept: Christopher Murphy, paintings; Oct: Laura Karetzky, paintings.
Mark Moore Gallery
Mark Moore, Owner
(310) 453-3031 www.markmooregallery.com
“Romancing the Skull”: Group show featuring the work of Allison Schulnik, Angelo Filomeno, Angela Fraleigh and Ken Weaver. With Mark Shubert in the Project Room. Artists: Tim Bavington, Kendell Carter, Todd Hebert, Dimitri Kozyrev, Kim Rugg, Allison Schulnik, Ali Smith, Ben Weiner, Yoram Wolberger, Kenic
hi Yokono 2008 Highlights: February 16: Tim Bavington; May 17: Simon Willems (UK); June 28: Ali Smith; Sept 13: Ultrasonic III (both rooms); Nov 1: Cindy Wright (Belgium).
Patricia Correia Gallery
Patricia Correia, Executive Director
International Contemporary Fine Art; with a specialty in Chicana/o Mexican-American art nationwide. Artists: Becca, Delilah Montoya, Ernest Silva, Connie Arismendi, Joseph Maruska, George Yepes, Robert Hernandez, Wayne Healy. 2008 Highlights: January 12: Ernest Silva & Becca; March 29: Delilah Montoya, May 17: Pintores de Aztlan Chicano Group Exhibition; Nov 8: Joseph Maruska .
Patricia Faure Gallery
Samuel B. Freeman, Owner
(310) 449-1479 www.patriciafauregallery.com
Established in 1979, the gallery remains a stable force by exhibiting a finely blended mix of established and emerging contemporary painters and sculptors. Artists: Billy Al Bengston, Tony DeLap, Jimi Gleason, Scott Grieger, Blue McRight, Mineo Mizuno, Andy Moses, Martin Mull, Margaret Nielsen, Jesse Simon. 2008 Highlights: January 26: Dustin Yellin; March 8: Cal Lane; April 19: Masami Teraoka; Sept 6: Andy Moses and Sachiko Kodama.
Heather Harmon, Director
(310) 264-5988 www.patrickpainter.com
After many years as an art dealer and principal of Patrick Painter Editions, Patrick Painter established a Los Angeles based art gallery in 1997, with a strong commitment to contemporary art. Artists: Liz Craft, Francesca Gabbiani, Salomon Huerta, Won Ju Lim, Mike Kelley, Ivan Morley, Christoph Schmidberger, Jim Shaw, Marnie Weber, Peter Wu. 2008 Highlights: Glenn Brown, Andre Butzer, Bernard Frize, Peter Saul, Toby Ziegler.
Peter Fetterman Gallery
Peter Fetterman, Owner
(310) 453-6463 www.peterfetterman.com
The gallery specializes in Classic 20th Century photography with a strong emphasis on humanist imagery in a unique salon style setting. Artists: Henri Cartier Bresson, Lillian Bassman, Ansel Adams, Laszlo Layton, Willy Ronis, Sebastiao Salgado, George Tice, Ruth Bernhard, O Winston Link, Arnold Newman, Andre Kertesz. 2008 Highlights: Henri Cartier Bresson: Rarely Seen; Sebastiao Salgado: Africa; Lillian Bassman: New Images; Laszlo Layton: New Images.
Richard Heller Gallery
Richard Heller, Owner
(310) 453-9191 www.richardhellergallery.com
The Richard Heller Gallery exhibits internationally established and emerging artists. Artists: Amy Bennett, Ernesto Caivano, William Cordova, Edward del Rosario, Marcel Dzama, Neil Farber, Jacob Magraw, Brendan Monroe, Charlie Roberts, Randall Sellers. 2008 Highlights: Lamar Peterson, Amy Bennett, Randall Sellers, Neil Farber, Mel Kadel
Robert Berman Gallery
Robert Berman, Owner
The gallery has been in business in Santa Monica since 1979. Features a rotating exhibition schedule dedicated to mid-career and established artists in all mediums. Artists: Bill Barminski, Jeff Charbonneau & Eliza French, Cameron Gray, Tyson Grumm, Ron English, Estate of Eric Orr, Alex Prager, Ellwood T. Risk, Marischa Slusarski, Koji Takei, David Trulli, 2008 Highlights: January 19: “Alex Steinweiss: Creator of the Album Cover” co-curated by Kevin Reagan and Greg Escalante; January 19: “WILL RISE” curated by Brett Aronson; featuring a floor-to-ceiling installation of work by select members of the notorious Seventh Letter (T7L) graffiti collective; April 5: “David Trulli: All Lines are Busy,” a solo exhibition by this LA-based artist who works primarily in scratchboard, carving intricate stories of modern urban life; “Ben Talbott: Luck & Love at the Mermaid Tavern” originally curated by Wallace Berman, revisited by Hal Glicksman. Featuring historical collages, paintings, and drawings from the late, renowned LA artist.
Rosamund Felsen Gallery
Rosamund Felsen, Owner Lucrecia Roa, Assistant Director
(310) 828-8488 www.rosamundfelsen.com
The gallery has been representing and exhibiting primarily Los Angeles based artists since 1978. Owner and director, Rosamund Felsen, has focused her efforts on establishing the careers of LA area artists, bringing a number of them to worldwide recognition. Artists: Mindy Alper, Judith Barry, Morton Bartlett, Karen Carson, Tim Ebner, Kathleen Henderson, Steven Hull, Nancy Jackson, Joan Jonas, Mary Kelly, Jean Lowe, Kim MacConnel, Grant Mudford, Patrick Nickell, Kaz Oshiro, Marc Pally, M.A. Peers, Renee Petropoulos, Joshua Pieper, Ann Preston, Marcia Roberts. 2008 Highlights: January 5: Karen Liebowitz; February 16: Steve Hurd; June 14: Pat O’Neil; July 19: Gegam Kacherian; September 6: Pauline Stella Sanchez
Rose Shoshana, Founder Laura Peterson, Director
(310) 264-8440 www.rosegallery.net
Features 20th century and contemporary works on paper. Artists: William Eggleston, Dorothea Lange, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Graciela Iturbide, Evelyn Hofer, Adam Bartos, Robbert Flick, Todd Hido, Martin Parr, Joaquin Trujillo. 2008 Highlights: Disfarmer; Three From Britain: Martin Parr, Chris Killip, Graham Smith; Tomoko Sawada; Evelyn Hofer; Robert Polidori.
Ruth Bachofner Gallery
Ruth Bachofner, Owner
(310) 829-3300 www.ruthbachofnergallery.com
The gallery shows primarily abstract painting by emerging and mid-career artists from the United States and Europe. Artists: Michel Alexis, Audra Weaser, Robilee Frederick, Richard Gate, Stephen Greene, David Kapp, Robert Kingston, Udo Noger, Selina Trieff, Jane Park Wells and others. 2008 Highlights: January 19: April Street and Eraldo Mauro; March 1: Andy Denzler and Yvette Molina; April 12: Gary Edward Blum and Anna Fidler.
Santa Monica Museum Of Art
Elsa Longhauser, Executive Director
(310) 586-6488 www.smmoa.org
The museum fosters diversity, innovation, and discovery in contemporary art-local, national, and international. The museum celebrates: expanding boundaries; exploring individual differences; enhancing public knowledge of art; and broadening the art experience. Artists: As a non-collecting museum, a kunsthalle, SMMoA has shown the work of such artists as Eleanor Antin, Michael Asher, Wallace Berman, Mark Bradford, Giorgio de Chirico, Philip Guston, Salomón Huerta, Alfred Jensen, Lynn Hershman, William Pope. 2008 Highlights: January 10: Twentieth Anniversary Party; January 26: Michael Asher Michael Asher, the internationally renowned conceptual artist, creates his first major sculptural installation in Los Angeles; May 3: INCOGNITO exhibition and art sale; May 17: The Puppet Show; September 6: Martin Kersels: Heavyweight Champion.
Sarah Lee Artworks and Projects
Sarah Lee, Owner
(310) 829-4938 www.sarahleeartworks.com
Focus of the gallery is on photography and drawings, but time to time, as a special project, exhibits paintings, sculptures and ceramics as well. Artists: Aaron Siskind, Echiko Ohira, Jen Pack, John Pfahl, Kenro Izu, Lawrence T. Yun, Mike Smith, Young Ae Lee Hahn, Ki-Chan Kim, Chung-shik Han, Soon-Tai Hong, Yoon-Jin Lee.
Susan Schomburg, Director
(310) 453-5757 www.schomburggallery.com
The gallery exhibits art by local, national and international artists. The genres represented include: Contemporary Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism and Realism. Artists: Alex Beard, Marlena Chumo, Augustus Francis, Margaret Francis, Yu Ji, Karla Klarin, Sally Lamb, Phoebe Sarason, David K. Thompson, Lee Webster Shaw. 2008 Highlights: January 5: Pacific Breeze; March 8: Alex Beard; April 12 : Domenic Cretara.
Shoshana Wayne Gallery
Wayne Blank, Owner
(310) 453-7535 www.shoshanawayne.com
Founded in 1986, the gallery exhibits the work of contemporary a
rtists from the United States, Europe, and Asia with a strong emphasis on conceptual art. The gallery represents both established and emerging artists who work in installation, performance, video, as well as sculpture, painting, drawing, and photography. Artists: Dinh Q. Le, Russell Crotty, Kathy Butterly, Nicole Cohen, Chie Fueki, Rachel Lachowicz, Charles Long, Yoko Ono, Elaine Reichek, Michal Rovner, Beverly Semmes, Yuken Teruya, Brad Spence, Kiki Smith. 2008 Highlights: Russell Crotty, Dinh Q. Le, Chie Fueki, Arlene Shechet, Yoko Ono.
Jeff Sulkin, Owner
(310) 453-8411 www.sulkinsecantgallery.com
Jeff Sulkin, architect and gallery owner, has presented art since 1994 in this space.
Tarryn Teresa Gallery
Tarryn Soderberg, Owner
(310) 453-4752 www.tarrynteresa.com
The gallery focuses on contemporary conceptual art in all media, showing cutting-edge work that intrigues the viewer intellectually and aesthetically and in which process and statement are consciously aligned. Artists: Ron Griffin, Gary Palmer, George Goodridge, Colleen Mulligan, Ricky Sears, Dave Bondi. 2008 Highlights: Jan. 12: Ron Griffin; Feb. 16: Julie Davidow; March 29: Ricky Sears; May 3: Gary Palmer; July 19: Rozi Demant.
Track 16 Gallery
Laurie Steelink, Director
(310) 264-4678 www.track16.com
One of the most unique event spaces in the west side of the city, the 11,000 foot Gallery is filled with art as well as Americana. Artists: Joseph Bertiers, Marc Chiat, Robbie Conal, Georganne Deen, Don Ed Hardy, Lun*na Menoh, Mondongo, Viggo Mortensen, Manuel Ocampo, Burt Payne 3, Alan Rath, Andrew Schoultz, Johanna Went and many more. 2008 Highlights: Jan 12: Some Paintings: The 2007 La Weekly Annual Biennial, Curated by Doug Harvey; March 1: Jeffrey Vallance: Blinky The Friendly Hen 30th Anniversary Exhibition and Works by Scotty Vera, Laurie Hassold, Marjan Hormozi, James Goodwin, and Dave Shulman; April 12: Internal Guidance Systems, Outsider Art; May 17: Kustom Japan: When East Meets West and Don Ed Hardy: When West Meets East.
William Turner Gallery
William Turner, Owner
Rob Brander, Director Anna Prada, Assistant Director
(310) 453-0909 www.williamturnergallery.com
The gallery has represented emerging and mid-career artists since its inception in 1991. The gallery specializes in contemporary painting, photography and sculpture. Artists: Mikel Alatza, Charles Arnoldi, Michael Braden, Jeanine Breaker, Alex Couwenberg, Ned Evans, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Lissie Habie, David Lloyd, Peter Lodato, Arturo Mallmann, Gregory A.J. Miller, David Palmer, Bill Porteous, Curtis Ripley, Arron Strurgeon, Michel Tabori, William Tunberg, Alex Weinstein, Jennifer Wolf, Suzan Woodruff, Mark Zimmerman.