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9 Top Art Influencers

BY The Editors | November 23, 2016 | Feature Features

Produced by Laura Eckstein Jones |Written by Shontel Horne, Laura Eckstein Jones, Maile Pingel, Abigail Stone, Marieke Treilhard and Maxwell Williams
Philomene Magers and Monika Sprüth are the masterminds behind Sprüth Magers, a gallery that opened in L.A. earlier this year.

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The high-profile fanfare surrounding the opening of international megagallery Hauser & Wirth, with the addition of L.A.’s beloved curator Paul Schimmel, may have quieted the arrival of an equally exciting addition to L.A.’s cultural landscape: German gallery Sprüth Magers. Founded in 1998 in Cologne by art-world feminists Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers, the gallery also boasts spaces in Berlin and London. Representing hugely influential established American artists like John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Ed Ruscha and Cindy Sherman, among younger artists like Sterling Ruby, the gallery’s A-list roster reads like a who’s who of the contemporary art world. The decision to open the 14,000-square-foot outpost on Wilshire Boulevard in February of 2016 was made to support their artists at home, many of whom live and work in L.A. Magers says of her new space, “The positive response to our program in the United States makes us incredibly happy. Above all, [the L.A.] location has simplified working with our artists on the West Coast, which is of great importance to us.” The interior of the all-female operation is furnished exclusively with midcentury designs by Californian women, including Edith Heath and Dorothy Schindele. A boon for Los Angeles, Sprüth Magers is a bright spot on our increasingly impressive map. 5900 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.634.0600

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