My Journey by Donna Karan

Art is everywhere in Los Angeles these days, from Santa Monica to Pasadena and all spots in between. But it seems as if downtown Los Angeles is the epicenter for great galleries, with warehouse space becoming large scale art hot spots, and the Arts District just one of many neighborhoods that really put the downtown part of our sprawling city on the art map.

Corey Helford Gallery

Corey Helford Gallery originally opened in Culver City in a much smaller space as a labor of love between an art-loving husband and wife team. Today, they are a major purveyor of contemporary art in an enormous three-gallery space in the warehouse district just across the Los Angeles River from the Art District. Their openings are a happening scene with a great D.J. and a glamorous crowd. Pop Surrealism is one of the many art genres the gallery features.

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Photo Courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery

Corey Helford Gallery
571 S Anderson St., Los Angeles
www.coreyhelfordgallery.com

MARS – Museum As Retail Space

This 6,000-square-foot commercial contemporary art gallery is as cool as the cutting edge art it displays. Installation art and performance art is often a part of the mix, which is sophisticated and unusual. The gallery door itself is a work of art, a thousand-pound single-pane of glass balanced on a central pivoting axis.

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Photo Courtesy of MARS

MARS – Museum As Retail Space
649 S Anderson St., Los Angeles
www.marsgallery.net

Art Share

You would be hard put to find a better collection of emerging artists than those whose work is often beautifully curated at Art Share. Located right in the heart of the Arts District, brilliantly themed shows support community artists. Above the gallery space there are subsidized live/work areas for artists. Terrific work and rising-star bargains make this location a must-visit.

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Photo by Genie Davis

Art Share
801 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013
http://artsharela.org/

Hauser & Wirth

Possibly the polar opposite of Art Share is Hauser & Wirth, an internationally renowned gallery that took over a former flour mill and added a garden, a plaza, a chic indoor/outdoor restaurant, and of course, three high-ceilinged galleries of museum-quality art. At 100,000 square feet, this more museum than gallery, although the work is for sale.

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Photo Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth
901 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
www.HauserWirth.com

Charlie James Gallery

This contemporary art gallery often has a smart, trenchant political focus in its art, and is but one of a group of awesome galleries on Chung King Road. From the cutting edge art of Coagula Curatorial to the extremely well curated Gregorio Escalante Gallery and the outsider art of the Good Luck Gallery, there is a wealth of wonderful art here, often with exhibitions opening all on the same date, creating a lively evening scene in Chinatown. Charlie James Gallery is a favorite in this grouping of incredibly innovative, intimate, and always interesting gallery spaces.

Photo Courtesy of Charlie James

Charlie James Gallery
969 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cjamesgallery.com

Durden & Ray

Durden & Ray is comprised of artist/curators collectively working to create exhibitions. Small, well-curated group shows are the thing here, featuring both emerging and established artists, some international, some local, always worth talking about.

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Photo Courtesy of Durden & Ray

Durden & Ray
1923 S Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles
www. DurdenandRay.com

CB1 Gallery

Under the always dynamic hand of gallery director Clyde Beswick, contemporary artists exhibited here could be LA based or international in focus; artists’ works makes be sculptural, paintings, or mixed media in this sleek, open, pristine two-gallery space. From the wonders below the surface of Icelandic soil to woven wall hangings, there is always something fascinating afoot here. Note that CB1 and Durden & Ray are located in the same building.

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Photo Courtesy of CB1

CB1 Gallery
1923 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021
http://cb1gallery.com/

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