Margo Leavin Gallery ceases exhibition program after 42 years
September 30 - December 31, 2013
Los Angeles---Margo Leavin Gallery, a leading contemporary art gallery whose exhibition program has been a vital component of Los Angeles’ ever-changing art scene for forty-two years, is planning to close.
The Gallery was opened by Margo Leavin in December 1970 in the Tony Duquette Studios building at the north end of Robertson Boulevard. The Gallery expanded over the years, first within the original building and then to adjacent spaces. In 1984 the Gallery acquired the former post office on nearby Hilldale Avenue as additional exhibition space and in 1987 the Robertson Boulevard building was extensively remodeled to create large exhibition galleries as well as offices, storage, and private viewing areas. Wendy Brandow, who first joined the Gallery in 1976, became a partner in 1989. As Los Angeles’ gallery scene grew and the area’s artists, art schools, and museums rose to international prominence, the Gallery evolved into a high-profile visual forum.
With over five hundred exhibitions—approximately four hundred one-person and one hundred group shows—the Gallery presented works by more than a thousand artists. Long-standing relationships with individual artists, many lasting decades, were always a primary focus. Participating in art fairs in the U.S. and Europe expanded the Gallery’s program to an international audience, and close associations with museums brought many of the Gallery’s artists to greater public attention. The Gallery’s extensive exhibition archives are available on its website: www.margoleavingallery.com.
After the close of Arctic Summer, at the end of September 2012, the Gallery will be open by appointment through next year as the owners focus on new projects.