Lisson Gallery Los Angeles now open
1 April 2023
Lisson Gallery is delighted to announce that its new permanent Los Angeles location opened on 15 April 2023.
Within the cultural hub of Hollywood's Sycamore District, the gallery is a standalone two-story building spanning over 8000 sq. ft., indoors and out, on Sycamore Avenue between Santa Monica Boulevard and Romaine Street. Previously ‘The Zone’, a gay nightclub that closed in 2019, the building is in an area of Hollywood that is home to many cultural, music and media organizations. Neighboring galleries include Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, Regen Projects, Various Small Fires, Matthew Marks, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Morán Morán, Matthew Brown, and Nonaka-Hill.
Lisson Gallery L.A. opened with a special presentation of Carmen Herrera’s Days of the Week series – seven paintings that evoke the distinctive character of each day. These paintings were last exhibited together in Herrera’s solo presentation, 'Lines of Sight', at the Whitney Museum of American Art (16 September 2016 - 9 January 2017), and prior to that in 'Carmen Herrera: A Retrospective 1951-1984' at the Alternative Museum (19 December 1984 - 19 January 1985). This exhibition – Herrera's first solo show in L.A. – marks a parallel with Lisson Gallery’s opening in New York in 2016, which was inaugurated by a selection of recent paintings by Herrera. The opening follows LACMA’s installation of the artist’s Estructura Verde on the Smidt Welcome Plaza (October 2021 – February 2022), the first presentation of Herrera’s sculpture on the West Coast.
The New York-based architecture and interior design practice, Ashe Leandro, have completed a full renovation of the gallery, at 1037 N. Sycamore, while maintaining the character of the building, such as the wooden trusses in the upper rooms. The development features new gallery spaces, viewing rooms and offices, in addition to a renovated courtyard to allow for outdoor presentations. Known for their multi-disciplinary practice and signature contemporary aesthetic, Ashe Leandro previously worked on the Renwick Gallery and Lisa Cooley Gallery, and collaborated with Bortolami Gallery on their Chelsea space. Their residential work spans the United States and London including the homes of Liev Schreiber, Seth Meyers, Naomi Watts, and Jonny Buckland.
The gallery is directed by Kaeli Deane and Michelle Pobar.
For the announcement of the opening, Lisson Gallery's CEO, Alex Logsdail, said:
We’re thrilled to be opening a gallery in L.A. — the city has produced such an amazing lineage of artists over the decades and I hope that we can help add to the rich texture of the landscape. Many of our artists have never had exhibitions on the West Coast, or haven’t shown in decades. Bringing our artists' work to a new public audience is one of the most important things we do. I can’t wait to welcome everyone to our space and to our vibrant group of artists.
Image: Carmen Herrera, Sunday, 1973, Acrylic on canvas, 162.6 x 106.7 cm, 64 x 42 in © Carmen Herrera