"My wife and I are usually kept pretty busy, and so even though Los Angeles is a major player in the international art world, we seldom take the time to explore that aspect of our city. Even for those persons who frequently enjoy going to art galleries, it must be hard to know where to go, when to go, and what is likely going to be worth seeing. That's why we've found having a guide to show us the ins and outs of the extensive Los Angeles art scene so useful and time effective.
Our guide, Bill Kleiman, is a professional artist himself and knows the art world intimately. He gives you a real insider's view and, after one of his tours, you really feel you have received a great survey of current work being done. Even if you don't expect that spending part of your day looking at art would be all that much fun, Bill makes it an enjoyable and memorable afternoon.
He takes you out to see the real stuff and has it organized so you get to see a lot of interesting work in a lot of great galleries in a short amount of time. Many are places we might not otherwise have known about.
While most of the places Bill takes you to are serious galleries devoted to showing what their owners hope prospective collectors will also agree is the best being offered of important contemporary art, there is nothing at all stuffy, self-important, or pretentious about the art tour or Bill's informed background commentary. The group discussions that inevitably develop about the art are open and invigorating, and no contrary opinions or tastes are ever discounted or discouraged. The typically good humored discussions within the group are enjoyable, and actually tends to help your appreciation even more. I have found that the whole experience tends to help me clear some of the stale air and cobwebs of ordinary issues and expectations out of my head. Bill has even taken us to interesting and fun destinations slightly outside the bounds of high art. For example, as part of his tour of the galleries in the Culver City area, he also took us to the highly improbable Museum of Jurassic Technology that is set up like a giant installation, chock-full of unexpected objects presented in a way that will absolutely hornswaggle you.
Going on Bill's tours to view art and galleries in the extensive Los Angeles art scene, including some very interesting galleries in unexpected places such as Culver City and Chinatown, gave us an opportunity to escape a rut and see lots of things we might otherwise have overlooked. Now we even make a little time to get out on our own and enjoy the art of our city.""