This is the first of a three-part ARTINFO series on art patronage in Los Angeles.
by Yasmine Mohseni
Published: April 17, 2013
In May the Los Angeles gallery Kayne Griffin Corcoran is set to unveil a new James Turrell-designed space complete with one of his famous Skyspace artworks. The inaugural exhibition will showcase works related to Turrell’s decades-long Roden Crater project sited in a 400,000 extinct cinder cone volcano in the San Francisco Volcanic Field near the Grand Canyon. Yasmine Mohseni spoke to Maggie Kayne and Bill Griffin about their new space, their ongoing collaboration with Turrell, and creating a new kunsthalle in LA.
As Angelenos gave themselves whiplash in their attempts not to miss any Oscar-week star sightings, the art world played a supporting role to Hollywood’s leading-lady position. Nevertheless, contemporary art made its presence known in the lead-up to Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, notably with openings at Gagosian and Prism galleries.
The Getty has unveiled the theme for its second Pacific Standard Time initiative: “Los Angeles and Latin America,” or “L.A./L.A.” for short. Scheduled to open in 2017, the second iteration of PST will offer an in-depth exploration of the artistic connections between Los Angeles and Latin America. “Our city has had deep roots in Latin American, making it a nexus of cultural creativity between North and South,” said Getty President and CEO Jim Cuno.
This month, Milan gallery Cardi Black Box brings Los Angeles to Italy with the exhibition “Set Pieces” (February 8 through April 15). Gallery owner Nicolo Cardi invited L.A.-based curators Andrew Berardini and Lauren Mackler to create a show reflecting their city’s contemporary arts landscape, through both new and existing work by emerging and established artists. And while most of the artists included have exhibited internationally, “Set Pieces” stands out in its ambition to assemble a show abroad with only L.A.-based artists, under the direction of two Angelenos.