A detail from a painting by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, titled Still You Bloom in This Land of No Gardens, dated 2020.

Announcing Our Los Angeles Gallery Spaces Opening 2023

An exhibition of new work by Njideka Akunyili Crosby will inaugurate the spaces

We will open our first gallery spaces in Los Angeles in January 2023, as announced by The New York Times. The gallery currently has locations in New York, London, Paris, and Hong Kong. 

David Zwirner will construct a new gallery from the ground up and will renovate two existing buildings on North Western Avenue, between Melrose Avenue and Clinton Street, in East Hollywood. 

The newly constructed three-story building, located at 606 North Western Avenue, will open to the public in January 2023 with an exhibition of new work by Njideka Akunyili Crosby. This will be David Zwirner’s first exhibition with the Los Angeles–based artist, whom the gallery has represented since 2018. 

The new building is being designed by New York-based Selldorf Architects, with a focus on natural light. It will be 15,000 square feet in total, comprising an exhibition space, offices, and private viewing rooms with a dedicated parking area for visitors located at the corner of Clinton Street and North Western Avenue. 

The two existing one-story adjacent buildings, located at 612 and 616 North Western Avenue, were built in the 1930s and originally operated as Hollywood prop shops. The two structures, which are mostly column-free with high ceilings, will be restored and renovated by Selldorf Architects. These two buildings together cover approximately 10,000 square feet, which will be used primarily for exhibitions and programming. There will also be 3,000 square feet of outdoor space and a garden. Los Angeles–based Twinsteps Architecture is serving as executive architect for the entire project. 

All three of these spaces are slated to open together in January 2023, and programming for 612 and 616 North Western Avenue will be announced in the upcoming months. 

David Zwirner’s Los Angeles spaces will be co-led by Alexandra Tuttle and Robert Goff. Tuttle joined the gallery in early February as a senior director, and will work with the gallery’s artists and focus on programming. Robert Goff, who has been with the gallery since 2015 and is a senior director, will focus on client development across the West Coast. Goff was based out of David Zwirner’s New York locations from 2015 to 2019 and relocated to Los Angeles in early 2020. 

“The gallery has a long history with Los Angeles. Artists like Diana Thater, Toba Khedoori, and the late Jason Rhoades, who have been with the gallery since its beginning, have lived and worked in Los Angeles for years,” stated David Zwirner. “It is a city that I love for its vibrancy and creative spirit, and I am so excited for our new spaces there. I know that I share this excitement with our artists and estates, who are looking forward to presenting their work in Los Angeles. 

“We have seen our audience in Los Angeles and on the West Coast as a whole grow exponentially in recent years, so I feel our timing is right,” he went on. “I love our new location on Western Avenue, right under the Hollywood sign and in the center of Los Angeles, close to our colleagues and the major museums. Once finished, our three adjacent but independent spaces will give us the flexibility for innovative programming, something I am especially excited for.” 

Alexandra Tuttle added: “Born and raised in Los Angeles, I have been watching and experiencing Los Angeles’s boundless creative energy over the years. David Zwirner is uniquely dedicated to the establishment and cultivation of artists’ careers, so it makes so much sense for the gallery to open here right now. I am so looking forward to establishing David Zwirner’s spaces in Los Angeles and presenting the gallery’s stable of artists to LA audiences.”

“We are excited to open in the center of Los Angeles and we hope to contribute to LA’s energetic and rich art scene for years to come,” Robert Goff stated. “I can’t wait to welcome our artists, collectors, friends, colleagues, and the LA arts community at large to our new galleries in January 2023.”

Read more at The New York Times.

Cover image: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Still You Bloom in This Land of No Gardens, 2020. Photo by Jeff McLane. © Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Courtesy the artist, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner

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