Gavlak Gallery, of Palm Beach, Fla., will open a 5,000-square-foot Los Angeles outpost this June. Its 1034 North Highland Ave. address in Hollywood is not far from Regen Projects, Hannah Hoffman Gallery and Michael Kohn Gallery.
"My formative years were in L.A., and I am so grateful for that," owner Sarah Gavlak told A.i.A. in a phone interview. Gavlak's relationship to the city traces back to 1992, when, fresh out of college in Pittsburgh, she relocated to L.A. and worked for Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions as a special events coordinator and the Museum of Contemporary Art as a research assistant. She also organized the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design's lecture series at the Schindler House. Gavlak went on to receive a master's degree in critical theory from Pasadena's Art Center College of Design and briefly operated a project space in her home in the Silver Lake neighborhood.
Gavlak's L.A. space opens June 26 with a group exhibition featuring work by gallery artists Lisa Anne Auerbach, Liz Craft, Orly Genger, McDermott & McGough, Betty Tompkins and T.J. Wilcox, among others.
Gavlak Gallery opened in West Palm Beach in 2005 and relocated to its current home in 2009. The L.A. expansion comes at a time when galleries both large and small are establishing a footing out west, seemingly undeterred by the city's financial straits (detailed in reports published in December 2013 and this April by the Los Angeles 2020 Commission). Berlin-and London-based Sprüth Magers will open its L.A. outpost later this year, while New York's Maccarone plans to open a space there in 2015. Hauser & Wirth will also open an L.A. branch next year, bringing the gallery's grand total to five locations (including London, Zurich, New York and Somerset). "L.A. has really changed and grown a lot since I lived there," Gavlak said, "and I am excited to be a part of that."