From The New York Times:
At 35,000 square feet indoors, with an additional 10,000 square feet outside earmarked for a sculpture garden, the Maccarone gallery, in industrial Boyle Heights, is the length of a city block. In true Los Angeles fashion, the broker drove prospective clients around from the front door to the back, judging it too big simply to walk through.
Mr. Hubbard said he felt guilty when he first stepped inside his studio there, one of two in the complex.
“It’s unusual to have so much time with a space,” he said of his high-ceilinged workroom.
Both Ms. Maccarone and Mr. Hubbard are recent arrivals from space-challenged New York, part of a deluge of artists and dealers who are setting up shop in the vast warehouses of the arts district, a newly popular area a few miles from downtown.
This West Coast outpost of Maccarone — the dealer’s 15-year-old New York gallery — opens on Saturday, one of four galleries opening the day before the public debut of the hotly anticipated Broad Museumnearby. Of roughly two dozen galleries now in the district and its environs, half have opened in the last year, drawn in part by a glut of cheap space. A fistful came from New York or Europe, all vying for talent and clientele. And there will be more, like the blue-chip Hauser Wirth & Schimmel’s 100,000-square-foot complex coming next spring.
Within a few minutes’ drive of one another, the galleries are beginning to give the area the urban cultural density that Los Angeles mostly lacks.
Photo by Emily Berl