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Best Art Galleries In Los Angeles

August 27, 2010 9:33 AM

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From grand collections of the ancient world’s splendor to surreal kitsch found in workshop studios, Los Angeles is a swirling palette of bold visions. Here’s a quick list of some of the art lover’s favorites.

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Downtown LA Art Walk

Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 784-2598

Those looking to take in all the best art Los Angeles has to offer should start here to catch the latest exhibitions and performances. On the second Thursday of every month, the Downtown Art Walk posts a self-guided tour via downloadable maps highlighting offerings in several districts: Grand Avenue / Disney Hall / MOCA, the Financial District, Little Tokyo, and around Gallery Row on Main and Spring Streets in the Historic Core.

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The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 440-7300
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The most iconic venue on the list, check out our complete review at A Guide To The Getty Center.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art – LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6000
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While the Getty venues tops the list in prestige, LACMA tops for size — it’s huge. According to the museum’s website, their collection includes 100,000 pieces found in multiple building makes it the single largest art museum in the western United States.
LACMA’s permanent collect includes pieces by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and José Clemente Orozc.

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Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 443-7000
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Outside, as UCLA students rush by on their way to class, within the museum walls Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet and Rembrandt hang together in museum’s permanent collection. Hammer is renown for cutting-edge exhibitions and includes the Billy Wilder Theater, a 300-seat venue named for the Oscar–winning screenwriter and director.

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The Hive Gallery

729 S. Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 955-9051

Here’s a curveball of sorts for this list, totally on the opposite end of the scale from the massive collections noted above. The Hide, Nathan Cartwright’s studio of unfamous talent specializing in pop art, goes down to the roots of where art begins. Featuring rotating exhibitions from the erotic to the surreal, the workshop-vibe of this small gallery enjoys big local popularity and offers a modern taste of work that might end up in Getty decades from now.

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