It’s not often that I cite the Los Angeles Times (or update, for that matter), but this article speaks as to the obstacles and successes gallery owners face in LA:
Sales have all but dried up for many L.A. area dealers, quite a few galleries have closed and others have downsized. But in a period of retrenchment and reshuffling, solidly established dealers are soldiering on with tightened belts, and a surprising number of galleries are growing, with the help of reduced rent. Unsettling as the current economic climate is, the expansions seem to confirm the resilience of L.A.’s art scene.
“Then the recession came and I wasn’t sure I really needed more space,” [Susanne] Vielmetter says, “but the landlords were getting more and more reasonable, to the point that they are now extremely reasonable. And in the new space the landlord is doing a very substantial build-out for me. As ridiculous as it sounds, the only way for me to stay in Culver City and have the space I have always wanted was this recession.”
I really do want the gallery scene there to succeed and provide some valid counterweight to NY — it would give me an excuse to travel and get some sun once in a while.
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