Maccarone Gallery Sets Sights on Los Angeles

Paul McCarthy. Chateau Marmont, Bungalow Set, Inverted Hollywood Sign.

West Village staple Maccarone Gallery is the latest New York art space to expand to Los Angeles.

Their impressive 50,000-square-foot space is set to open on September 19 in downtown LA, just one day before the nearby Broad Museum opens its doors to the public (see Broad Museum Director Opens Up About First Exhibition).

Director Michele Maccarone joins her contemporaries at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, and Venus Over Manhattan in helping to make the sun-soaked city even more of a hot spot for art (see Adam Lindemann’s Venus Over Manhattan To Open in Los Angeles).

Until recently, the Los Angeles scene was largely populated by either local institutions like Regen Projects and The Mistake Room or international megagalleries like Gagosian (see Driving the Los Angeles Gallery Scene). But the Culver City Arts District has been experiencing a boom lately, and downtown as well.

Maccarone will be located at at 300 South Mission Road, near 356 Mission, the Laura Owens-run gallery that inspired Michele Maccarone to create the new space.

The massive gallery also includes a 15,000-square-foot lot, which will be used to display outdoor sculptures. Maccarone also hopes to use the space for public programming.

Inside Maccarone's New York gallery. Photo: Courtesy Maccarone.

Inside Maccarone’s New York gallery.
Photo: Courtesy Maccarone.

“I saw the space and was very inspired by it,” Maccarone told the New York Times. “The departure point was really the building.”

Unlike Maccarone’s New York gallery, which switches shows regularly, the Los Angeles space will only host two to three exhibitions per year.

“It’s harder for people to get around, and I want to give people plenty of time,” Maccarone noted.

Maccarone recently hosted a panel on feminism and painting in New York, during which artist Rosy Keyser  proclaimed, “There needs to be a revolution every single day” (see 10 Killer Quotes on Feminism and Painting).

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