Schimmel envisions the complex as an “industrial urban civic space” that embraces an open-door policy of free, unlimited admission, unfettered public access to a community garden and a pedestrian breezeway, and community-centric programming. “Conceptually,” Schimmel states, “building up a cultural community that reaches out to the community around it has been, in many respects, the model that has allowed us to really expand the notion of what a gallery can be, and its relationship to the public, to the viewer, and to artists.”
Generosity is a word not frequently associated with a commercial blue-chip gallery, yet Hauser Wirth & Schimmel seems intent on upending the traditional gallery profile, and in doing so altering the landscape of the city’s arts district as a whole. “This arts district may fulfill something that I think Los Angeles has long wished for and needed: a kind of seamless urban experience that doesn’t separate life... from art.”
“Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947–2016” is on view at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles, Mar. 13–Sept. 4, 2016.