Ahead of Frieze LA, Perrotin Expands to Los Angeles, in a Historic Theater 

After more than 30 years in business and more than a decade of opening locations beyond its Paris homebase, Perrotin will inaugurate its latest space this week, in Los Angeles. Coming just before the fifth edition of Frieze LA opens on Thursday, the gallery’s debut in the City of Angels marks yet another significant milestone in its global expansion, underscoring the city’s increasing role as a thriving hub for contemporary art. simplebet8

Located within the former Del Mar Theater on Pico Boulevard, just past La Brea Avenue, Perrotin’s new space is a testament to the city’s rich architectural heritage. Inside the gleaming, blue-painted historic building, several key elements of the theater have been meticulously preserved, including its ticket booth, glass poster boxes, and the theater hall, which have been adapted as unique sites for exhibiting work. From the restored neon sign to the iconic marquee, the gallery’s design pays homage to Los Angeles’ storied past while embracing its vibrant present.

Prior to officially committing to opening a permanent space in the city, the gallery has presented successful pop-up exhibitions in the space, including installations in 2023 by Jesper Just and Barry McGee. The gallery’s founder Emmanuel Perrotin told ARTnews that “although we knew we had to undertake some renovations, we were eager to get into the space right away. So by the time of the pop-up, we had in fact already decided to invest in a permanent presence in Los Angeles.” 

The gallery’s inaugural exhibition, dedicated to Izumi Kato, highlights the Tokyo-based artist’s blend of timeless figures and primal forms. His enigmatic creations seem to reflect a spiritual kinship with LA’s diverse landscape of ancient tar pits and modern skyscrapers. simplebet8

View of Izumi Kato’s exhibition at Perrotin Los Angeles, 2024. Photo: Evan Bedford. ©2024 Izumi Kato. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin.

Kato’s figurative subjects, with their protruding round eyes and unsmiling mouths, exude a stoic tenderness that belies their initial appearance of menace. Drawing inspiration from ancient petroglyphs and contemporary culture, Kato’s artworks evoke a sense of mystery and invites viewers to contemplate the intersection of past and present, nature and technology.

The exhibition features a comprehensive survey of Kato’s recent multidisciplinary work, showcasing paintings, drawings, and sculptures crafted from an array of materials including wood, stone, plastic, and fabric. At the heart of the exhibition stands a monumental fabric figure that hovers above the gallery space like a guardian spirit, while a plastic model kit offers viewers the opportunity to create their own miniature versions of Kato’s sculptures.

Born in 1969 in the Shimane Prefecture of Japan, Kato’s artistic practice is deeply intertwined with his upbringing amid the region’s rich cultural heritage and natural, mountainous landscapes.

Los Angeles, with its vibrant Japanese community and diverse cultural scene, serves as an ideal setting for Perrotin’s presentation of Kato’s work. “This is the first time I will have a solo exhibition in LA, and the first time is always very exciting,” Kato, who has mounted 13 solo shows with Perrotin since 2014, told ARTnews. “It’s a new place with a new audience, and I’m looking forward to seeing how people will react to my work. simplebet8


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