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Michael Werner Gallery Expands to Los Angeles

Rendering of Michael Werner Los Angeles.Photo by Michael Werner Gallery.

The eponymous gallery founded in 1969 by Michael Werner, who gave Georg Baselitz his first-ever solo show, is opening a branch in Los Angeles. The gallery, which currently operates outposts in Berlin, New York, and London, plans to inaugurate the location this spring.

Located at 415 North Camden Drive in Beverly Hills, just across the street from Gagosian, it will share a building with Mameg. The boutique is owned by Sonia Eram, to whom Michael Werner Gallery co-owner Gordon VeneKlasen was introduced by Hammer Museum director Annie Philbin. VeneKlasen, who for years maintained a part-time residence in LA, told Artnews he had “always had a fantasy” about opening a gallery in California, one that melded with the local scene instead of attempting to dominate it. “We’re not coming to do a satellite with programming straight from our other galleries,” he told the Art Newspaper. “I want to make a program that’s sensitive to the fact that the world is different here.” Designed by local architecture firm Johnston Marklee, the space will feature a garden and courtyard designed by landscape architect Eric Nagelmann and programmed by Los Angeles gallerist Hannah Hoffman, who is said to be planning a poetry series. An exhibition pairing German contemporary artist Markus Lüpertz and nineteenth-century French realist Pierre Puvis de Chavannes will inaugurate the outpost.

LA in recent years has welcomed a steady stream of international galleries. Two more are opening this month: Cape Town’s Southern Guild, which launched today, and Perrotin, which has multiple locations around the globe and will debut its Los Angeles branch on February 28.

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