For the past 11 years, 6018 Wilshire Boulevard
has been host to two art galleries—including its current tenant, Edward
Cella Art + Architecture
—and hundreds of works of
art in all media by an equal number of artists. This space sits at the heart of
Los Angeles’s vibrant cultural scene, sharing the sidewalk with such
institutions as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Craft and
Folk Art Museum, the Petersen Automotive Museum, and the prehistoric La Brea
Tar Pits. As in life, change is a constant in the art world, and Edward Cella
Art + Architecture is moving from this appropriately dubbed “Miracle Mile”
location to a new space—but not without a goodbye celebration.
Titled after its address, “6018
” is the gallery’s final
exhibition in this space, organized by gallerists Edward Cella and Carl Berg as
an ode to the artists who have exhibited there over the years and to its rich
history and development. Nearly 100 artists, many of whom forged their careers
at the gallery, will be represented, with works in drawing, painting,
sculpture, photography, print, and video. Since location is so central to this
exhibition, the gallery will also present two site-specific installations.
L.A.-based conceptual artist Jeffrey Vallance
will be on-hand with his buzz saw, disassembling sections of the
gallery’s walls to create limited-edition relics. Meanwhile, on the intact
walls nearby, viewers will be treated to a look down memory lane through
installation photographs from exhibitions past.
Three public programs will also accompany the
exhibition, featuring artists, curators, and collectors who have been involved
with the evolution of 6018 Wilshire. One such program is called “Getting
Physical: Creating Art in Los Angeles,” an apt title for an overview of art
making in this location—and beyond.