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 Wilshire” 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.