The moment art fans up and down the West Coast have been waiting for has finally arrived: the new Hauser Wirth & Schimmel—the sixth outpost of the blue-chip gallery, in the works since 2014—has just opened. This was perhaps the most eagerly anticipated among a slew of openings from New York and European galleries that have set up shop on the West Coast in the last few years (including Maccarone, Matthew Marks, and Ibid Projects), all of which are in search of more space (and some delicious tacos, maybe?).
This isn't just any art space: housed in a 116,000 square foot former flour mill, the complex has a restaurant coming this summer (serving all-local food, of course), a private courtyard, and the first Los Angeles shop for Artbook, which also has bookstores at museums including MoMA PS1 in New York, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
For its inaugural exhibition, the gallery presents Revolution in the Making, an exhibition of abstract sculpture by female artists from 1947 to the present. Noted sculptors like Louise Nevelson and Louise Bourgeois are shown next to artists of a younger generation such as Abigail Deville and Shinique Smith; the works illustrate the unique and underrepresented voice of female sculptors across decades. It's not the only all-female show in recent months (notable too are the Rubell Family Collection's No Man's Land and Saatchi Gallery's Champagne Life), but the more than 100 works in this show—not to mention the sprawling new space—are a high water mark, as well as a more general lift to the city's already booming art scene.
Now, get an inside look at the installation of two exceptional sculptures in the show and a new mural made especially for Hauser Wirth & Schimmel.
Artist: Jackie Winsor (b. 1941, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada)
Work on View: "30 to 1 Bound Trees," 1971-2
What She's All About: Minimalist sculptures handmade from natural materials such as hemp and wood.
Artist: Phyllida Barlow (b. 1944, Newcastle upon Tyne, England)
Work on View: "Gig," 2014
What She's All About: Abstract sculptures with juxtaposed layers made from everyday materials like felt, tape, and paper. (She's also the great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Darwin!)
Artist: Mary Heilmann (b. 1940, San Francisco, CA)
Work on View: "Pacifica," 2016 (a new commission by the gallery)
What She's All About: Vivid, abstract paintings with geometric images and fake drips.
Revolution in the Making is on view through September 4. See hauserwirthschimmel.com for more information.