In recent years, the LA art world has been expanding more rapidly than that of any city on the planet. Scores of galleries have opened – or opened outposts – there, and this year, with the inaugural edition of Frieze LA, one of the world’s leading art fair brands has decided to stake its claim on the city. Meanwhile, new private museums such as the Broad have started to attract large numbers of visitors and LA’s flagship institution, LACMA, has been fundraising for a vast, futuristic building designed by Peter Zumthor that will act as its new headquarters.
How sustainable is all this growth? Does it augur well for the many artists based in the city? What effect has it had on the urban fabric of LA? And what skills are needed to manage and maintain this expanding arts infrastructure in the future? These are among the topics addressed by Jonathan T.D. Neil in a new Apollo podcast hosted by Thomas Marks and sponsored by Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Neil is Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art-Los Angeles, as well as Head of Global Business Development. In the podcast, he sets out why this is such an exciting time for the visual arts in LA – and explains how the distinctive character of the LA art world is driving such dramatic change.
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