There was a celebratory vibe, an eagerness, to the event. A new crop of East Coast galleries is expanding into L.A., for one, many of them having announced their debuts or opened new spaces within the last few weeks. And the event was a reawakening of sorts for the L.A. art fair scene, which was in full swing for the first time since spring 2020.
All the expected blue-chip galleries were there, including Blum & Poe, David Kordansky, Sprüth Magers and Hauser & Wirth. But the East Coast galleries moving into L.A. were generating much of the buzz. There are at least nine of them, including Sean Kelly, Lisson Gallery, Pace, the Hole, Karma, Albertz Benda, David Zwirner, Danziger and Sargent’s Daughters in collaboration with Shrine. (There goes parking in Hollywood.) (Even more so.)