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.

 

 


Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Conference

Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Conference

This week, Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours is representing the entire Los Angeles art scene for a national contingent of development and urban design thinkers, the Urban Land Institute, who have flocked to the LA Convention Center to attend land-use themed seminars.

Despite conference attendees’ natural appetite for urban exploration, like most conventioneers, their view of our amazing city is likely to be restricted to hotel rooms and the less-than-inspiring downtown Convention Center which, despite Alexis Smith’s impressive terazzo lobby, remains pretty much a cookie-cutter version of any other city’s convention center. LAAGT is here with a team of LA cultural representatives to deliver a little taste of the free-flowing creative energy that our little megalopolis has to offer.

Positive energy abounds here, thanks both to the enthusiastic innovative spirit of the conference’s attendees and also to KCRW’s brilliant and ebullient Frances Anderton, of Design and Architecture (DnA) fame, who along with public relations firm, Secret Agent PR, organized our portion of the event.