Pace has found a new home in Los Angeles for its West Coast flagship store, and you can bask in all its creative magic beginning April 9 at 1201 S La Brea Ave.
Marc Glimcher, CEO and president of Pace Gallery, and Bill Griffin and Maggie Kayne, founders and partners of Kayne Griffin, have combined their galleries to create this space for Pace to thrive under the stewardship of Griffin and Kayne.
Previously Kayne Griffin’s gallery, Pace’s new 15,000 square-foot flagship will present a 1940's Californian auto showroom with a permanent skyspace distinctive for the L.A. crowd. With key features designed by James Turrell, the indoor-outdoor design and spacious courtyard is an area for Pace to showcase live public programming, outdoor sculpture exhibitions and many other events.
“Los Angeles has always been a magnet for artists, and its position as a center for world-class contemporary art has been growing stronger,” Glimcher said. “As we considered how we could most thoughtfully become part of the city’s cultural offer, our path became clear: For the past five years Maggie and Bill have been our de facto partners in L.A., working together on so many spectacular projects with Mary Corse, James Turrell and Bob Irwin, among others. After some serious conversations, we decided to make that partnership official.”
The effortless collaboration between the two galleries is one that allows artists of the L.A. community to flourish. Kayne Griffin has a strong position within the local arts scene that will broaden Pace’s experience with new artists and audiences. What's more, Pace encourages Kayne Griffin to lengthen its vision on a global scale.
Pace will hold its first inaugural exhibition, For Esmé –with Love and Squalor, featuring work by artist Julian Schnabel whose art extends into sculpture, film, architecture and design.
The show, running from April 9 through May 21, will showcase 13 new velvet paintings and a large-scale bronze sculpture.
The title of the exhibition is named after J.D. Salinger’s short story, For Esmé –with Love and Squalor, and embodies Schnabel’s message to reach towards optimism during hard times of violence and despair.
As a leading international art gallery displaying some of the most influential contemporary artists in the world, Pace and its team can now support more artists and their visionary work with a broader audience at its L.A. flagship store.
“We share a commitment to disruption, collaboration and operating without ego,” Kayne said. “By formalizing our partnership, we will continue to challenge the status quo both here in Los Angeles and at the global level within the Pace organization.”
Photography by: Courtesy Pace Gallery