Maccarone Gallery to Open Los Angeles Outpost

Maccarone joins other major galleries that are defining Los Angeles as an art center.

Google map of South Mission Road, Los Angeles
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Michele Maccarone
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Maccarone Gallery is opening a space in Los Angeles, director Ellen Langan confirmed today. “A lot of artists are present in LA,” Langan observed.

The West Village gallery founded by Michele Maccarone in 2001, which represents artists including Nate Lowman, Carol Bove, and Hanna Liden, will, according to Langan, be opening its West Coast outpost in 2015 on South Mission Road near the downtown arts district.

Referring to an experimental space run by artist Laura Owens and affiliated with New York’s Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (coincidentally Maccarone’s New York neighbor), the founder of an LA–based arts organization who wished to remain nameless guessed at the site of Maccarone’s new spot. “I think Michele’s space is right next door to 356 South Mission,” said the LA art worlder. “There was no activity there,” she said, referring to the industrial locale, “and Laura [Owens] has definitely pioneered this place.”

The gallery joins several others major galleries that have recently opened spaces (or have plans to) in Los Angeles. Among them are New York gallery Matthew Marks, which opened its first LA space in 2012; Berlin and London–based gallery Sprüth Magers, which plans to open a space in LA this year; and Hauser & Wirth, the Zurich and London–based gallery which operates the largest commercial gallery in New York, and plans to open a branch in Los Angeles in 2015 with new partner Paul Schimmel.

Maccarone, it seems, has always been prescient:  She founded her own gallery in 2001 at a space on Canal Street before the Lower East Side gallery boom, and in 2007 relocated to the West Village, which is home to a coterie of hip galleries like Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and Algus Greenspon. Langan couldn’t divulge any details about Maccarone’s new space, or say what prompted the gallery to open a space on the West Coast.

Maccarone already represents some Los Angeles–based artists, such as Rodney McMillian and Oscar Tuazon. The gallerist was traveling and could not be reached for comment.

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