As a hub for art and one of the most cultural cities in the world, the city of Los Angeles boasts a plethora of art galleries and museums. To help you narrow your search, we’ve put together our top picks of the city’s best contemporary art exhibits featuring both emerging and established contemporary artists from the city of Los Angeles and around the world.
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Located Downtown, MOCA is one of the most popular museums to visit throughout Los Angeles. The museum, which is the only museum in Los Angeles with an exclusive dedication to contemporary art (post 1940), boasts over 6,800 works of all art covering all types of mediums ranging from masterpieces of abstract expressionism and pop art to recent works by young and emerging artists. All pieces are housed in three facilities: MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center, with the latter offering free admission daily to all visitors. Aside from a massive permanent collection with fine collections of American and European art, The Museum of Contemporary Art features a huge selection of great art that goes on exhibit throughout the year.
Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts
215 W. 6th St. #115
Los Angeles, CA 90014
After over 30 years in the private and corporate art sector, The Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts (GDCA) opened to the public and features a unique blend of emerging artists and established favorites, showcasing works in all mediums. Gloria and Petra Wright, manager and curator, work together to display works of undervalued, new abstractions in the world of contemporary art. Located in the heart of Gallery Row, GDCA’s expertise focuses on a keen eye for emerging and up and coming artists as well as forming special relationships with established artists as well as undervalued ones. From paintings, sculptures, graphics, original prints and photography, the museum holds a vast array of works and is a terrific museum to view the world’s most contemporary pieces of art.
C4 Contemporary Art
5647 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Located in the up-and-coming Hollywood Lagoon area on Hollywood Boulevard, C4 Contemporary Art regularly exhibits world-class contemporary art and also hosts lectures, workshops, readings, and film screenings. Opened in 2008, the gallery features ‘pre bubble’ contemporary art (including painting, sculpture, sound, film, media, and photography mediums) for visitors not interested in run-of-the-mill commercial art. Open late (until 8pm), the gallery tries to be as accessible as possible as well.
Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art
1880 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA 90067
First opened in 1978, Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art features Post-War and Contemporary American and European Art. Their current gallery space, which opened in 2000, includes drawings, paintings, sculptures, and prints focusing on a variety of art movements including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, Minimalism, Pop Art, and Photorealism. Their current Photorealism exhibition, “Photorealism: The Everyday Illuminated,” is on display through August 15. The gallery is only open by appointment.
2754 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Representing over 20 local, contemporary artists and their works, Angles Gallery was established in 1984 by David McAuliffe. The gallery, which features conceptual work by both emerging and well established artists using the mediums of paint, sculpture, video, drawing, photography, and installation, offers works of art by known artists such as Simone Adels, David Bunn, Judy Fiskin, Ross Rudel, Linda Stark, Brett Reichman, Kelly McLane, Ori Gersht and many more. Past gallery exhibitionists have gone on to national and international acclaim as well.
7358 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
A unique space for contemporary art, Artspace Warehouse exhibits not only a wide selection of established and emerging international artists, but they work tirelessly to make their art affordable to most patrons. With works ranging from $200-$2000 and a very unpretentious atmosphere, you can browse and even buy distinct pieces with ease at this West Hollywood gallery. The idea behind the Artspace Warehouse is to make high quality contemporary art accessible for everyone. With international clientele including first-time and established collectors, celebrities, designers, set decorators and museums, Art Warehouse offers some of the most interesting pieces of contemporary art around.