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Los Angeles is undoubtedly experiencing a moment in the cultural spotlight. But beyond the hypebeast of this current creative boom, a scene is being built to last on the West Coast: Los Angeles currently counts around 400 modern and contemporary art spaces, with an estimated 50 opening up since 2013.
This sudden influx of new galleries – with a high concentration migrating into the gentrifying downtown arts district – includes new enterprises as well as established names setting up second spaces here. Hauser & Wirth will unveil a ‘museum quality’ venue in 2016, with a bookstore, bar and restaurant; Sprueth Magers also have an LA outpost in the works; while other blue chips from New York and London have already set up in the city.
The very recent addition of the Broad Museum – now the city’s largest free contemporary art spot, opened in September – has confirmed the Downtown neighbourhood’s status as a permanent cultural destination for Angelinos and visitors. So what’s so special about LA? […]