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Top Five Art Galleries in Downtown Los Angeles

1. The Broad

Technically it’s a museum, but this downtown landmark is the best place to start when exploring art downtown. It cozies up to the Disney Music Center and is home to over 2,000 works of contemporary art, approximately 250 of which are on display at any given time. The art museum founded by Eli and Edythe Broad cost $140 million to build and with 120,000 square feet housed on multiple floors there’s lots to explore. Featured artists include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns and many others.

Because admission is free the lines can be long so it’s best to reserve your tickets in advance.

The Broad
221 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

2. Hauser & Wirth

The Arts District in downtown is rife with change as old warehouses are rapidly being converted into restaurants, architecture firms, production studios and art galleries. Hauser & Wirth claimed it’s spot amidst the aged stacks of brick buildings in the restored Globe Mills complex, a collection of late 19th century buildings. Along with their mission to promote historic art exhibitions, as a publisher,  H&W specializes in books on modern and contemporary art – some of which can be found in their bookstore.

Hauser Wirth Art Bookstore

There is a restaurant and bar onsite but there are many others in the neighborhood along with coffee houses and Little Tokyo is just across Alameda Street, so there is lots to see.

Hauser & Wirth
901 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles CA 90013

3. Corey Helford Gallery

It was a big deal for the DTLA art scene when Corey Helford left the cluster of trendy Culver City galleries for the industrial section of the Arts District and a 10,000 square foot space that’s divided into three separate galleries. Known as one of the premier galleries for New Contemporary art, their monthly shows are a fav of the DTLA art-party crowd. At at a recent show the DJ didn’t disappoint when she played Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly” followed up by Hank Williams’ “Cold Cold Heart.” The juxtaposition was fitting for a  high-end gallery whose artists represent genres from New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti to Street Art and Post-Graffiti.

Corey Helford Gallery
571 S Anderson St
Los Angeles, CA 90033

4. The Hive Gallery

Nathan Cartwright started The Hive in 2005 before the urban pioneers began their strongest push towards regentrification – way back when Spring Street was still the heroin capital of downtown. The Hive has survived to be one of the longest standing galleries on the DTLA Artwalk and works from the stable of artists there range from $10 to $5,000.

The Hive Gallery
729 S Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

5. Zero-4 Gallery

It’s rare that an artist opens her working studio up to the public but that is exactly what Andrea Bogdan has done. The “Last Bookstore in Los Angeles” (ranked in the Top 10 Most Unique Bookstores in the world by the Wall Street Journal) is worth a visit on it’s own, but it’s also home to five different galleries. So not only can you tour an historic, 1917 bank building with loads of books and installations, you can also visit an artist’s collective and see one of the artists at work.

Original paintings range from $75 to $5,000 but Zero-4 Gallery also has hand-painted art cards for $15, prints from $20 to $50, as well as an eclectic batch of art buttons/pins and stickers for $1 to $2. Entering this historic building from the gritty streets of downtown is like venturing into a scene from Alice In Wonderland.

Zero-4 Gallery downtown Los Angeles

Zero-4 Gallery
453 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

5 thoughts on “Top Five Art Galleries in Downtown Los Angeles

  1. Yeah for strictly sightseeing purposes The Broad and Hauser Wirth are up top. But if you actually want to buy art, the best places on this list are The Hive and Zero-4 Gallery.

  2. I wouldn’t consider The Broad an art gallery. It’s a museum. Why did you leave out Superchief or CB1 Gallery?

    1. DTLA locals already know about galleries like Superchief. I mention them in the best downtown art shows article. This list is more for the west siders who are still wary of coming downtown and need a safe introduction. The Broad and Hauser Wirth are not as intimidating and they can branch out from there. As for CB1, they’ve been embroiled in controversy with some of their artists as noted in the LA Times and look to be closing.

  3. You forgot Think Tank GAllery.

    1. Yes I’ve been to some great shows there. Something’s changed though, I think they’re only doing pop-up shows at present.

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