Los Angeles boasts world-class art museums as well as a fine-art gallery system that has consistently proved itself capable of selling art for big money. This list covers some of the heavy-weight players in the institutional art world here in the Southland.
The biggest general purpose art museums here are LACMA
, the Norton Simon Museum
, and the Getty Center
. Collectively these three museums have amassed formidable collections featuring major pieces of historic and contemporary art. The Getty also has a second location, the Getty Villa
, that features works from the cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria (including some really great mosaics).
The Hammer Museum
is operated by UCLA's School of Arts and Architecture and is located in the lower floors of the Occidental Petroleum building (very lose to the UCLA campus). The permanent collection here is mostly compromised of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, but also includes older works by artists such as Rembrandt and Titan. Contemporary art is generally featured in the exhibition and project spaces.
MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) also continually features relevant contemporary art shows. They have two spaces downtown, one on Grand Ave
(near the Gehry designed Disney Concert Hall) and the other one Central Ave
(in Little Tokyo). MOCA also has a smaller exhibition space
in the Pacific Design Center.
The only gallery I have listed here is the Gagosian
, a world famous art gallery that features the most desirable artists of the day. Please refer to this art gallery guide
for more information about the Los Angeles gallery scene.
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Between Curson and Fairfax Aves, Miracle Mile
411 W. Colorado Blvd
250 South Grand Avenue
152 North Central Avenue
10899 Wilshire Blvd
At Westwood Blvd
1200 Getty Center Dr
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy
1 mile N. of Sunset Blvd., Malibu
Smaller Getty museum near the ocean that is filled with antiquities... read more
2525 Michigan Ave
Off Cloverfield Blvd., Santa Monica
5814 Wilshire Blvd
Between Fairfax and La Brea Aves
405 Hilgard Avenue
UCLA North Campus