Strength in Numbers: Taking the Pulse of the Los Angeles Gallery Scene

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Los Angeles is characterized by its pluralism. It is a city that has its foundations in both utopian and postmodern endeavors. It boasts diversity in everything from demographics to geography. The art scene there is no exception, and the recent American recession has taken effect in the form of a surprising dichotomy among Los Angeles galleries: on the one hand, many galleries are moving and growing, and are stronger than ever; on the other hand, more and more artists are rejecting the traditional gallery and starting alternative spaces and projects.


This article was originally published in Arte Contexto, volume 25, in February 2010. Prof. Hebron's article begins in English on page 55, then is translated into Spanish on page 59.


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