AndrewShire Gallery was established in 1989 to showcase the artwork of Korean artists in the United States. Named after its location on the corner of St. Andrews and Wilshire in midtown Los Angeles, the gallery opened its doors with recognized Korean artist Kim Tschang Yeul. While the original owner, Hyesook Choi, ran the gallery for fourteen years, local and international artists working in a wide range of media were steadily introduced to the L.A. arts community. Some of these artists like Peter Alexander, Michael Davis, Tony Delap, Laddie John Dill and Eric Orr were from an established group. As the new millennium came and went, other artists like Lisa Adams, Martin Durazo, Ruby Osorio, Nam June Paik and Roland Reiss had shown their work at AndrewShire Gallery.
In 2003, under the direction of new owner, Susan Baik, the gallery revitalized its energy and vision. Still dedicated to the promotion and exhibition of innovative works by promising international and local talent, the gallery also remained true to its roots within the Korean American community. Some of the artists who exhibited at AndrewShire Gallery during this period included Andrew Armstrong, Wendy Heldmann, David Horvath, Kerry Horvath, Soo Kim, Sun Min Kim, Joseph Lee, Christopher Michlig, Christine Nguyen, Asuka Ohsawa, Gwon O-Sang, Darth Rimmer and Marco Rios. Many of these artists have gone on to show their work in museums or establish relationships with international galleries.
In 2005, May Chung joined Susan Baik as co-owner enabling fresh objectives for the gallery and furthering opportunities for the local community to engage in a public dialog pertaining to contemporary art. By enhancing the gallery’s exhibition schedule with a series of talks, lectures, activities and events that promote greater public awareness in the arts, the goal became one of broadening the arts discourse in Los Angeles.
By 2006 the gallery was hosting ongoing art history and contemporary art survey classes for the Korean-speaking public. The content of these classes ranged from the survey of ancient art and architecture to lectures on conceptualism which emphasized critical issues in postmodern philosophy.
March of 2006 marked another transformation when the gallery established a satellite space in Singapore. In hopes of creating a platform to source and spotlight contemporary art in the region, the gallery anticipates a greater cross-pollination of ideas between east and west. The exhibition program in Singapore begins late in2007.
Over the past four years since the gallery changed ownership, it has increasingly dedicated its program to the development and exhibition of established artists and to younger local talent. While continuing its international focus by bringing art of the Asian Pacific Basin, Europe and other countries to greater Los Angeles, AndrewShire Gallery remains dedicated to the exhibition of innovative work by up-and-coming art makers. The goal of contributing to the arts information flow and to the public dialog among diverse groups of people by stimulating interaction, appreciation and an exchange of ideas not only helps to maintain the gallery’s financial stability, but also promotes support for public awareness in the arts. Through projects, events and exhibitions, AndrewShire Gallery strives to provide opportunities for the Korean-American community and for other groups of people interested in contemporary art to engage in this interchange. It sustains an interest in making connections between artists and communities that would, otherwise, remain separated from each other.
Located on Wilshire Boulevard in the heart of LA’s Koreatown, AndrewShire Gallery is located one-half block west of Western Avenue at the southeast corner of St. Andrews near the Wiltern Theater.