Rumors have been swirling that Hauser & Wirth is leaving its downtown L.A. Arts District location for a brand new West Hollywood area.
The gallery is leasing a former classic automotive showroom at 8980 Santa Monica Blvd., a number of blocks west of San Vicente Boulevard. The property will home 5,000 sq. ft of public exhibition area, a couple of quarter of Hauser & Wirth’s downtown exhibition area. The WeHo website will characteristic indoor and sidewalk seating for a restaurant whose chef has not but been finalized. The gallery goals to open in fall 2022.
“For the reason that starting, we at all times considered L.A. as a metropolis the place we might like to have a couple of location,” Hauser & Wirth President Marc Payot stated in an interview. “We actually count on L.A. to come back again to its full bloom after the pandemic, and that is actually the subsequent step for us. It’s initially a dedication to L.A.”
Payot referred to as Los Angeles a “world capital of creativeness, reinvention and new types of cultural expression” and famous that Hauser & Wirth already represents 14 native artists and artist estates. The brand new area, he stated, isn’t meant to finish with the downtown location however to enrich it. If L.A. is a metropolis of individualized communities, he stated, the brand new area will supply a definite Westside dwelling for Hauser & Wirth artists, who embody Paul McCarthy, Mark Bradford, Larry Bell, Diana Thater, Henry Taylor and Charles Gaines, in addition to the late Mike Kelley and Luchita Hurtado.
“Over the various years we’ve labored intently with artists, curators, collectors and so many colleagues in L.A., we’ve come to prize the way in which the town operates as a set of distinctive communities, every making its personal contribution to famend power and character of the entire,” Payot stated. “So simply as our 5-year-old downtown Arts District location, with its grand historic mill constructions, serves as a really particular arts vacation spot redolent of its place, our new West Hollywood location will specific the colourful environment of that a part of L.A.”
It’s not unusual for Hauser & Wirth — which has outposts in London, Monaco and Hong Kong, amongst different locations — to have a number of areas in the identical metropolis. It has three areas in Zurich, with a fourth within the works, and two areas in New York Metropolis, in addition to one in close by Southampton.
Annabelle Selldorf of Selldorf Architects will design the brand new 10,800-square-foot West Hollywood area, a Nineteen Thirties Spanish Colonial Revival-style constructing that includes giant home windows dealing with the road. Selldorf additionally designed Hauser & Wirth’s Arts District complicated, which opened in 2016 in a revamped nineteenth century flour mill.
“This chance was offered to us,” Payot stated of the brand new location, “and it’s an area that offers us nice prospects of blending hospitality and the gallery, which has confirmed so profitable within the downtown area. We’re past excited to proceed right here what we began downtown.”
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