LA gets artsy

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If you think LA is about fitness and fashion, think again. The favourite city of celebrities, plastic surgeons and socialites is – despite what its detractors may claim – keen on culture. Seriously: the city of Angels has a burgeoning art scene that’s sure to delight travellers who crave more from California than crowded shopping malls, sand, surf and sea. Here’s the skinny on the three streets that are collectively helping transform the LA art scene…

North Highland Art Galleries (Hollywood)
North Highland Avenue’s once blank canvas is now awash in a crop of new and emerging art galleries including Perry Rubenstein. This NY gallerist swapped the Big Apple for Tinseltown and opened his eponymous LA outpost in a former film-supply warehouse. A permanent and rotating collection encompasses many LA artists – helping to further fuel the city’s expanding art scene.
Just down the street at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Highland Avenue, lies Regent Projects. This place boasts some 20,000 square feet of gallery space complete with a rooftop sculpture park – so very LA.

Culver City Art District (Culver City)
culver city art district

Powerhouse gallerists, Blum + Poe, may have single handedly been responsible for the explosion of art galleries when they moved from their Santa Monica digs to Culver City not far from the gates of Sony Studios (formerly MGM). Now some three dozen art galleries grace the streets of La Cienega and Washington Boulevards, including Katherine Cone and Nye + Brown.

Gallery Row (Downtown)
Located along Main and Spring Streets, between 2nd and 9th Streets, is what locals call Gallery Row. The neighbourhood is lined with cutting-edge art galleries and home to the popular Downtown Art Walk, held on the second Thursday of every month. What makes the area even more interesting, is the abundance of public art from sculptures to street art. Bottom line? Downtown LA is like a gallery without walls.

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