Best Los Angeles Art Galleries

November 20, 2016

Within the past five to ten years, Los Angeles has emerged as the new hotbed for exciting growth in the art market. People are drawn to the city for the rising excellence of Los Angeles galleries, laid-back vibes, and strong art community. Overshadowed by the Hollywood film industry, private parties and celebrity culture, art events barely registered up until recently. Now, the art world is at a weird parallel with it, with a variety of art happenings becoming a social circuit. There has been a huge amount of new galleries opening or important developments at museums. Renowned institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and downtown venues such as the Broad and the Mistake Room have been joined by numerous branches of large, international galleries. The ever-expanding Art District in downtown Los Angeles has welcomed more than 24 galleries in the last two years into the warehouses and decommissioned factories on either side of the desiccated Los Angeles River. The Los Angeles' thriving art scene threatens to overshadow even the art mecca such as New York.

So let’s take a look at the best Los Angeles art galleries that you should definitely put on your bucket list!

Featured image: Known Gallery, via; Susanne Vielmetter, via; Sarah Cain - freedom is a prime number, 2012. Installation view, photo by Joshua White. Courtesy of Honor Fraser LA; Fabien Castanier Gallery, via

Honor Fraser LA

Founded in 2006, Honor Fraser represents both emerging and established artists who work with a wide range of media and employ a variety of approaches, from process-driven to object-focused strategies. With their aesthetically surprising and intellectually rigorous work, artists represented by the gallery challenge both artistic and social conventions. Among this diverse and increasingly influential community of artists are also Jeremy Blake, Rosson Crow, Tomoo Gokita, KAWS, Robert Lazzarini, Kaz Oshiro, etc.

Featured images: Kenny Scharf - Hodgepodge, 2012. Installation view, photo by Joshua White. Courtesy of Honor Fraser LA; Brenna Youngblood - ACTIVISION, 2013. Installation view, photo by Joshua White. Courtesy Honor Fraser.

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Founded in 2000, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is a contemporary gallery located in Culver City. Its current Culver City 7500 square foot gallery space was opened in 2010. Between 2007 and 2009, the gallery also had a branch in Germany under the name Susanne Vielmetter Berlin Projects. Artists represented include Rodney McMillian, Andrea Bowers, Edgar Arceneaux, Stanya Kahn, Charles Gaines, Ruben Ochoa, Steve Roden, Amy Sillman, Nicole Eisenman, Karl Haendel and Wangechi Mutu.

Featured images: Susanne Vielmetter Gallery, William Pope L, installation view, via; Susanne Vielmetter Gallery, Nicola Tyson, installation view, via

Hauser & Wirth and Schimmel

The sixth location of a renowned international gallery Hauser & Wirth first founded in Zurich in 1992, Hauser & Wirth and Schimmel is devoted to exhibiting both contemporary art and modern masters. Located in the heart of Downtown Arts District of Los Angeles, it is situated in the restored Globe Mills complex comprised of interconnected late 19th and early 20th century buildings and internal outdoor space adapted specially for the gallery. The gallery organizes museum-caliber exhibitions as well a variety of public programs and educational activities that contextualize the art on view for diverse audiences.

Featured images: Hauser and Wirth, Revolution in the Making, Abstract Sculpture by Women, Installation view, via; Hauser and Wirth, via

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