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Los Angeles Art Galleries

Los Angeles offers diverse artwork from many places around the world through its many galleries. Galleries such as Bergamot Station, Kantor Gallery and Louis Stern Fine Arts focus on Impressionism, local talent and pop culture, with a touch of architecture and design. At others you'll find sculptures, masks, carvings, pottery, paintings and photography as well as a glimpse of the past via pieces from artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Renoir.  If you're interested in viewing artwork in a contemporary and hip environment, check out Margo Leavin Gallery, which presents impressive creations by Los Angeles artists like Christopher Williams, Stephen Prina and Allen Ruppersberg.


Ace Gallery
5514 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles 90036

Ace Gallery in Los AngelesThe Ace Gallery has survived a somewhat checkered past and more than three decades of history, remaining an important force in the L.A. art circuit. Its colossal size allows owner Douglas Christmas to mount expansive exhibitions of museum-quality works by established and emerging U.S. and international artists working in abstract expressionism, arte povera, pop, minimal and conceptual art from 1960 to the present.

Hours: Open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

ACME Gallery
6150 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles 90048

Although ACME Gallery exhibits well-known national and international artists, it is intensely focused on L.A.'s contemporary artists such as Carlos Mollura, Uta Barth, Kevin Hanley, Monique Prieto, Joyce Lightbody and Miles Coolidge.

Hours: Open Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Artspace Warehouse
7358 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles 90036

The Artspace Warehouse in Los Angeles, California, occupies a space of more than 4,000 square feet

Artspace Warehouse is one of the world's leading galleries for savvy contemporary art collectors. With galleries in Zurich and Los Angeles, Artspace Warehouse specializes in guilt-free international urban, pop, street and abstract art. The spacious Los Angeles gallery exhibits a wide selection of affordable original artworks from established and emerging international artists at consistently high standards and is located in an area known for its trendy restaurants, galleries and interior design shops.

Hours: Open Mon-Fri 10a.m. - 6p.m., Sat 10a.m.-8p.m., Sun 12-6p.m.

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave.
Santa Monica 90404

Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, California

The real hub of the Los Angeles art scene is located at the old Bergamot station, once a trolley stop and a water-heater factory in Santa Monica. Here, the relocated Santa Monica Museum of Art, plus some 30 galleries, several architecture and design firms, a frame shop, cafe and an haute-couture resale shop have been organized in a splendidly reconstituted industrial space. Galleries include the Gallery of Contemporary Photography, the adventurous Shoshona Wayne Gallery and Track 16.

Hours: Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Christopher Grimes Gallery
916 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica 90401

Christopher Grimes Gallery in Santa Monica, CaliforniaArt scene veteran Christopher Grimes has been in business since 1979 yet has always managed to keep his program on the cutting edge. His roster includes Tunga, Marco Brambilla, Sharon Ellis and Dean Smith. Grimes is also interested in advancing both emerging and established South American artists.

Hours: Open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Cirrus Gallery
542 S. Alameda St.
Los Angeles 90013

Cirrus Gallery in downtown Los AngelesOwner Jean Milant was one of the first Westside dealers to move into the once-uncharted reaches of downtown L.A. Cirrus is well known for its fine-arts press, which has published the cream of California artists from John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman, Sabina Ott, Lari Pittman and Peter Alexander to Lita Albuquerque. With a large gallery highlighting both established and up-and-coming Californian artists, this is one of the few noteworthy galleries currently active downtown. Strictly industrial setting.

Hours: Open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Daniel Saxon Gallery
552 Norwich Dr.
Los Angeles 90048

Collectors know Dan Saxon for his spirited tastes in abstract, figurative and representational art. His intimate gallery space is now home to a select group of paintings and sculptures by noted Chicano artists.

Hours: Open Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. noon-3 p.m.

1553 Echo Park Ave.
Los Angeles 90026

Delirium-Tremens specializes in art without attitude, introducing the public to yet another talented unknown virtually every week. Past exhibitions include Winston Smith, the godfather of punk-rock art, and a tribute to sci-fi-inspired art.

Hours: Open Fri.-Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Gagosian Gallery
456 N. Camden Dr.
Beverly Hills 90210

Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills, CaliforniaOpened in October 1995, this gallery owned by world-renowned art dealer Larry Gagosian is one of the big guns on the L.A. art scene. Gagosian has the same top-of-the-line exhibits here that he shows in his New York City galleries. Past exhibits have featured such celebrated artists as Frank Stella, Chris Burden, Annette Messenger and Robert Rauschenberg. This unique 8,000-square-foot space, a triumph of light with 24-foot ceilings and a magnificent roll-up entryway, was designed by Richard Meier, the celebrated architect of the Getty Museum.

Hours: Open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Jan Baum Gallery
170 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles 90036

Jan Baum's space located on ever-more fashionable La Brea Avenue focuses on emerging and established artists, both national and international, such as Alison Saar, Lezley Saar, Bob Crewe, Kathryn Jacobi and Roberto Gil de Montes. There is also an impressive collection of masks and sculpture from Africa and Indonesia.

Hours: Open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Kantor Gallery
7025 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles 90038

Kantor Gallery in Los AngelesThis space in a charming old house painted deep burgundy is run by Adam Gross, a booster of local talent and pop culture, who encourages not only young and emerging artists such as Kenton Parker, John Scane and David Choe, but young collectors as well. You can also enjoy the works of American masters like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Herring and Jean Michel Basquiat.

Hours: Open Mon.-Fri. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

L.A. Louver Gallery
45 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice 90291

L.A. Louver Gallery in Venice, CaliforniaL.A. Louver was one of the first area galleries to show important international art and has been passionately committed to the Westside art community for more than 20 years. The three-story space boasts 8,000 square feet. The gallery shows a renowned group of American and European artists, including David Hockney, Ed Moses, Peter Shelton, Tony Berlant, Edward Kienholz and Leon Kossof. It's a genial, well-run environment, and it has a private parking lot — a plus in this crowded neighborhood.

Hours: Open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Leica Gallery Los Angeles
8783 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

The Leica Gallery Los Angeles in California exhibits photography by established and emerging artists

The Leica Gallery Los Angeles showcases photography by established and emerging artists. Visitors can take in the latest exhibits, which are designed to highlight a specific cultural theme. During the gallery's first year, the focus was on "rock and roll and entertainment." The gallery also houses a library with collectible photography books curated by Martin Parr.

Hours: Open Mon. - Sat. 10a.m. – 6p.m.; Sun. 12p.m. - 5p.m.

Louis Stern Fine Arts
9002 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood 90069

Louis Stern Fine Arts in West Hollywood, CaliforniaLouis Stern has been in the art business all his life. His gallery collection focuses on Impressionism, Latin American art and important modern works on paper. In addition to a collection of originals by Claude Monet, Picasso, Matisse and Renoir, the gallery hosts progressive shows with work by Alfredo Ramos Martinez, Leonard Nimoy, Fernand Leger and others.

Hours: Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Margo Leavin Gallery
812 N. Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood 90069

An established power on the West Coast, Margo Leavin deserves credit for helping raise the standard of contemporary art in L.A. and for providing a venue in which to see great and near-great contemporary L.A. artists like Roy Dowell, Larry Johnson, Christopher Williams, Stephen Prina and Allen Ruppersberg. The presence of incisive art is signaled by the Claes Oldenburg Knife on the adjacent building's façade.

Hours: Open Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Newspace Gallery
5241 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles 90038

In one of the most abiding gallery spaces in the city, Newspace exhibits contemporary L.A. artists, 20th-century masters and new media artists such as Martha Alf, Emelio Cueto, Jon Marc Edwards, David Grant, Christen Leachman, Tiffanie Morrow and Timothy Nolan.

Hours: Open Tues.-Fri.. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. by appointment only

Trigg Ison Fine Art Inc.
9009 Beverly Blvd.
West Hollywood 90048

Trigg Ison Fine Art Inc. in West Hollywood, CaliforniaIn the center of West Hollywood's Avenues of Art and Design, the Trigg Ison Fine Art gallery focuses on original paintings and sculptures dating from 1900-1950, with emphasis on the art deco and modernist movements.

Hours: Open Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. noon-3 p.m. and by appointment.

WeHo Galleries
619 N. Almont Dr.
Los Angeles 90069

A consortium of 17 galleries fanning out on the Avenues of Art and Design around the Pacific Design Center, the WeHo Galleries are West Hollywood's answer to Bergamot Station. Members are Albert/Stuart Fine Art, Chac-Mool Gallery, Edenhurst Gallery, Trigg Ison Fine Art, Kantor Gallery, William A. Karges Fine Art, Kohn Turner Gallery, Koplin Gallery, Herbert Palmer Gallery, Remba Gallery/Mixografia, Daniel Saxon Gallery, Larry Smith Fine Art, George Stern Fine Arts, Louise Stern Fine Arts, Tasende Gallery, 3rd Millennium Gallery de Fine Art and Wolfryd/Selway Fine Art. Clustered around the tiny Melrose/Robertson area, the galleries, among L.A.'s best, stage regular joint receptions and coordinated exhibitions. Parking for the WeHo Galleries is available at the Pacific Design Center at Melrose and San Vicente.

Hours: Vary


The Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10
Los Angeles, CA 90067

The 10,000-square-foot The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles includes a circular digital projection gallery in the center of the building, which is reminiscent of a convex lensOpened in March 2009, The Annenberg Space for Photography is solely dedicated to the art of photography. Located in Century City in Los Angeles, California, the 10,000-square-foot building was designed to resemble the workings of a camera and its lens, including a circular state-of the-art digital projection gallery in the center of the building, which is reminiscent of a convex lens. The venue also includes a print exhibit area, which will be used to showcase work from photographers at all levels of expertise from around the world. Workshops, lectures, discussions and a reading room are also available. General admission to the gallery is free.

Hours: Open Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Fahey/Klein Gallery
148 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles 90036

Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles, CaliforniaDavid Fahey and Randy Klein aim to satisfy collectors with a broad range of work by such respected photographers as Irving Penn, Herb Ritts, Mary Ellen Mark, Duane Michals and Robert Graham. The emphasis is on the contemporary, but work by older masters (Horst, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, André Kertész) is also on hand.

Hours: Open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The G2 Gallery
1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291

The G2 Gallery in Venice, California

Founded in order to promote the appreciation and conservation of the environment through photography and other art forms, The G2 Gallery is a spacious building full of light. The architecture and design makes the location perfect for displaying stunning works by top nature photographers such as Thomas Mangelsen.

Hours: Open Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

G. Ray Hawkins

908 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica 90401

One of the oldest and most respected fine-art photography galleries in the country, G. Ray Hawkins exhibits both vintage and contemporary work. The stellar roster has included Ansel Adams, Bruce Davidson, Judy Coleman, Margaret Bourke-White, Helmut Newton, Josef Sudek and Paul Outerbridge, Jr.

Hours: Open Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St. Suite 505
Los Angeles 90012

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Los AngelesRegularly rotating exhibitions are offered in the gallery tucked inside this cultural center, which is better known for the performing arts program at its theater. This delightful downtown refuge also features a library specializing in Japanese cultural information and a serene Japanese garden.

Hours: Open Tues.-Fri. noon-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays.

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
6522 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles 90028

This nonprofit space is more experimental than most galleries in town. Results are sometimes disappointing, yet it's a valuable alternative environment for L.A.'s younger artists as well as for more established ones. There's a video screening room, and the annual art auction always promises some great deals.

Hours: Open Wed.-Sun. noon-6 p.m.; Fri. noon-9 p.m.

Metro Art

The construction of the rapid transit system under earthquake-prone Los Angeles remains controversial (as well as ridden with budget scandals). However, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, in conjunction with Gateway Transit Center, has managed to provide the people of Los Angeles with one of the largest public art installations in the country. Renowned artists who work in a variety of mediums and styles have decorated the subway stations. In the Union Station terminal downtown (800 N. Alameda St.), Terry Shoonhoven's "Traveler" trompe l'œil mural depicts a "timescape" that hauntingly depicts Los Angeles both old and new.

Carved heads at MB Abram Galleries in downtown Los AngelesMB Abram Galleries

MB Abram Galleries in downtown Los Angeles specializes in tribal art and artefacts, from aboriginal boomerangs and carved figurines to Himalayan masks and Inuit harpoon heads. Items span the millenia right up to World War I Doughboy helmets. Open by appointment only.

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