Installation view: Inaugural exhibition by gallery artists Regen Projects, Los Angeles. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles. Photography by Brian Forrest.
LOS ANGELES - As the fall contemporary art sales begin to take shape, we are travelling contemporary highlights to select offices around the globe. The first of these travel exhibitions went to our exhibition space in Los Angeles, where we hosted a cocktail party for the event. The food was catered by FarmShop, Jeff Cerciello’s combination restaurant/market with a California-inspired menu. And it was really fantastic. Among the highlights were salmon rillettes on toast; duck prosciutto on a crispy fruit-studded black bread; and avocado hummus with pomegranate seeds, all of which matched perfectly with a lovely rose champagne. Waiters passed a tray of “smore’s tartlets” to bring the evening to a close, but I was going on to dinner at Sunset Tower so I actually passed on a tasting. Departing guests received a dessert to take home – a lovely chocolate and fruit meringue cookie, which I ate in the car on the way to dinner. I hardly needed more food, but I munched the night away on great steak frites in the coziest of dining rooms with our guests.
Ken Price’s Bulgogi, 2006-2011. © Estate of Ken Price, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.
My trip to L.A. was short, but I did have the opportunity to walk through the art fair called Art Platform, held at Santa Monica’s Barker Field, and visited three galleries which have all opened new spaces in the West Hollywood neighborhood. The first was Matthew Marks’ west coast gallery, with an ingenious façade designed by Ellsworth Kelly. I loved the show of Ken Price’s Bulgogi – the artist’s largest sculpture to date. I didn’t have time to see his retrospective at LACMA, which I heard is great, but this piece was truly breathtaking – a large biomorphic blob cast in bronze with a remarkable patina that was the product of several years’ work.
Images courtesy of the artist and Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles. © Zoe Crosher. Photography: Joshua White/JWPictures.com.
Perry Rubinstein’s new space is also spectacular. Transplanting his New York gallery to L.A., Perry engaged architect Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture, who is a disciple of Tadao Ando (and his influence shines through in the best possible way). I loved the deeply haunting exhibition of Zoe Crosher, whose work I understand can also be seen currently at MoMA.
And lastly, Shaun Regen’s fabulous new space on Santa Monica Boulevard played host to a great group show of her gallery artists. I particularly loved Rachel Harrison’s sculpture, plus a new series of photographs by Catherine Opie. And the roof deck, with works by Lawrence Weiner and Dan Graham, and an iconic view of the Hollywood sign is not to be missed.