Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours

Illuminating the Los Angeles Art Scene

Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours

by Suzanne Ennis

The Los Angeles gallery scene has exploded in recent years, with buzzy new galleries such as Night Gallery and the Mistake Room in downtown’s industrial district and Papillion in Leimert Park pioneering neighborhoods off the beaten art track, and blue-chip galleries including Regen Projects in Hollywood and Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills drawing increasingly high-profile talent.

Helping to make sense of the sprawling scene is Bill Kleiman, director of Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours. A graduate of L.A.’s Otis/Parsons (now Otis College of Art and Design) MFA program, Kleiman has more than 25 years of experience as a professional artist. In addition to his bona fides and insider access, Kleiman’s snobbery-free attitude lends his tours wide appeal. You can customize your tour with Kleiman based on interest, location or discipline, or you can opt to visit preselected neighborhoods, such as Chinatown and downtown or Santa Monica and Venice. A top choice is the Culver City Arts District, focused along La Cienega and Washington boulevards. Considered by many contemporary art aficionados to be the best gallery-hopping ’hood in L.A., the district is home to nearly 40 galleries, all in easy walking distance to one another.

On a Culver City art gallery tour with Kleiman, you’re likely to visit Blum & Poe (2727 S. La Cienega Blvd., 310.836.2062), the powerhouse gallery credited with establishing Culver City as an arts destination (and launching Takashi Murakami’s U.S. career), as well as Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (6006 Washington Blvd., 310.837.2117) and Cherry and Martin (2712 S. La Cienega Blvd., 310.559.0100), another Kleiman favorite.

While the constant rotation of exhibitions means the artwork varies from tour to tour, Kleiman says his approach remains the same. “I grab the spirit of the moment and share that narrative,” he says, adding, “Artwork is completely about communication and the conversation, verbal or nonverbal, that it inspires.” Be ready to share your opinion—and in Kleiman’s infectious enthusiasm.

 

 


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Test Your Artistic Compass; Bill Kleiman Explains Art Fairs (Paramount Ranch, ALAC, LA Art Book Fair this weekend)

Posted January 31, 2014 by 

Bill Kleiman ALAContemp 2012

Two weeks ago hundreds of galleries and thousands of people descended on downtown for the LA Art Fair at the Convention Center and Photo LA at LA Mart.

Now the Art Los Angeles Contemporary fair is at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica through Sunday. Also this weekend, the Paramount Ranch in Santa Monica will bring 30-plus galleries and artist-run spaces to the mountains of Santa Monica. And don’t forget the LA Art Book Fair, at the Geffen Contemporary through Sunday. That’s five art and art-related fairs already and we are barely out of January.

But the question arises for those of us who like to go see art but don’t feel expert in who’s who and what’s what in the art world, which of these art fairs matter? What should we be looking for? DnA turned to Bill Kleiman, left, artist and director of Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours, for his opinion.

DnA: First off, why are there so many art fairs these days?

Bill Kleiman: Art fairs are among the big driving engines of the art world, along with the internet.

I think it may have to do with time-budget. In a major art city like LA or New York where there is so much to see, it’s hard to tackle the art scene effectively. So while they are huge, the art fairs are more manageable. As it is, people sometimes pick something up at a fair and bring it home. I think it has to do with immediate gratification.  (more…)


Kristian Burford, Audition, Scene 1: In Love, 2013

Kristian Burford, Audition, Scene 1: In Love, 2013

Australian born and bred Angeleno, Kristian Burford, pulls off a Los Angeles miracle in his exhibition, Audition, at Culver City’s Nye + Brown gallery.

 

In an alchemical transformation, Burford combines three familiar visual components to reveal something new, poignant and ripe for interpretation.

 

Two life-size, fluorescent-lit, beige office cubicles are each inhabited by a sculpture of a similarly beige-hued female nude, who appears bored in one tableau and frightened or anxious in the other. Each cage-like diorama is walled with two-way mirrors, visually multiplying the cubicles and nudes ad infinitum and from all vantage points. (more…)