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Art friendly is an increasingly apt description for Santa Monica these days. Throughout the city and on its fringes, artworks flutter over promenades, project from buildings, fill new galleries, and rise from the sand at ocean's edge. Civic programs and private development have both bred public art, while enlightened zoning policies have encouraged galleries to recycle industrial spaces into contemporary art showcases. Whether you're headed for the beach or for the area's trendy shops and restaurants, the art scene is key to what's new in town. More than 40 galleries have opened nearly half in the past year. After 25 years of decline, the old Santa Monica Mall has been revived as the Third Street Promenade, offering art, dining, theaters, flower vendors, and street entertainment. And Main Street's stretch of shops and restaurants has expanded north to include a gallery-and-museum mini-mall, and south into Venice with new and renovated gallery spaces. A good time to visit will be Friday, September 14, when more than 20 galleries will launch the fall exhibition season with an evening open house from 6 to 9. This night or any time, look for two free gallery-guide brochures, which combine to give a fairly complete listing. Hours are generally 10 or 11 to 5 or 6 Tuesdays through Saturdays. Some Main Street locales stay open later on Saturdays; a few are open Sundays. If public art also interests you, a new, free city-published booklet describes and tells where to find more than 70 works (see page 32). Northwest of the Santa Monica Freeway: new galleries and a renewed mall For players on the contemporary art circuit, this area is a don't-miss series of stops that didn't exist even four years ago. Galleries here feature many of Los Angeles' own leading-edge art makers, as well as those from other parts of the world. Downtown. Start here to see the Third Street Promenade between Wilshire Boulevard and Broadway; it sports a changing show of artists' banners and permanent topiary sculptures in the shape of dinosaurs. Specializing in art and architecture books are Hennessey & Ingalls (1254) and Arcana (1229). The new Broadway Deli (1457) and Remi (1451) offer food with its own degree of artistry. Near the promenade are two galleries in restored 1930s buildings: Luhring Augustine Hetzler(133O Fourth Street), opened by New York and German dealers; and prestigious James Corcoran (1327 Fifth). Shoshana Wayne (1454 Fifth) shows young abstract artists in modern quarters diagonally opposite the frenetic Fred Segal boutique and cafe complex. For a meal under unbelievably bold murals, try the new Border Grill 2 (1445 Fourth). Farther inland. Discoveries even for locals are the now-art-filled brick warehouses of decades past and concrete light industrial malls of more recent vintage. Both have attracted dealers with their big spaces, low rents, and easy parking. Among a small group of galleries on Colorado Avenue at Sixth Street, Michael Maloney (602) will have a show of Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Donald Judd in mid-September. Scott Hansen (602A) opens midmonth with more Rauschenberg. The focus of Bryce Bannatyne (604) is fine and decorative art from the last century, including the Arts and Crafts movement. A few blocks in, 14 galleries assemble on Colorado's 900 block and nearby on 9th and 10th. On Ninth, Koplin (1438) shows abstract and representational California artists, while Sherry Frumkin (1440) presents work of social and spiritual comment. Check Dorothy Goldeen (1547) to see a large sculpture court. Among seven galleries in a kind of minimall on Colorado, look for Pence (908), showing New York and Los Angeles midcareer artists; G. Ray Hawkins (910), the Los Angeles area's major photography gallery; and BlumHelman (916), exhibiting established New York artists. From September 15 through October 20, Michael Kohn (920) hangs Marsden Hartley's 20s and 30s work. Brendan Walter (1001) includes fine crafts in its mix. At 1547 10th, Roy Boyd shows conceptual artists, and Tatistcheff sticks to representational work. On a spur of 10th off Olympic Boulevard, Karl Bornstein 16581/2), the pioneer of industrial gentrification here, emphasizes painting. Off Colorado on 17th Street are Christopher Grimes (1644) and Richard Kuhlenschmidt (1634). Continuing inland, the 2000 and 2100 blocks of Broadway have six major galleries: Daniel Weinberg (2032), Richard Green (2036), Robert Berman (2044), Andrea Ross Gallery (21 10), Meyersl Bloom (2112), and KrygierILandau (2114). The only place to catch lunch in this area is Back on Broadway (2024), with patio dining and some food to go. Farthest inland on Santa Monica Boulevard is long-established Tortue (2917), focusing on narrative works, and new Christopher John (2928), showing multidisciplinary work. Along Main Street, more eclectic art and a new mall Southeast of the freeway, the primary art artery is Main Street, the dense shopping strip better known for selling everything from kites to croissants to clothes. Generally, galleries here offer more accessible art than in other parts of the city, with some also selling posters and framing services. On Thursday nights, some galleries stay open until 9. Edgemar complex. Don't miss this Frank Gebry-designed complex in the 2400 block. This construction melange of galvanized sheet metal, white stucco, wire glass, copper, and chain-link drapery beckons you around each corner and curve to explore its crannies and catwalks. For the new Santa Monica Museum of Art (2437), Gehry stripped an old building to its bones, creating flexible spaces for the museum's increasingly active program of changing site-specific installations, multidisciplinary exhibitions, and other events. Admission is free. Through September 5, the museum features an exhibition of strong social commentary by New Yorker David Wojnarowicz. September 15 through November 4, the museum shows works by surrealist photographer Lee Miller, the first female fashion photographer, World War 11 photojournalist, and co-inventor with Man Ray of new solarization photographic processes. On September 14, 15, and 16, performance artist Rachel Rosenthal presents a 11/2-hour work at 8 Pm. ($18) examining man's relationship to the environment. Also at Edgemar is the Gallery of Functional Art (2429), with a focus on artist designed furniture: beach gear through September 10, tables September 15 into November. Monsoon (243 1 A) sells Pacific Rim and African tribal artifacts and crafts. Highlights (2447) displays and sells lighting designer Ron Rezek's choice of the world's 50 best lighting designs. Edgemar neighbors. North: Look for Angles (2230), showing emerging artists on the cusp of international recognition, and L'ultima (2105), with a Pacific Rim focus. South: Stop by Art Options (2507) and Acropolis Now (2510) for artist designed home furnishings. Adding to the street's variety are the Gallery of Eskimo Art (2665); Lakota (2814), showing Native American and Southwestern subjects; Schwartz Cierlak (3015) and Boritzerl Gray (31 10), with emerging California artists; and Sports and Entertainment (245, just inside Venice), whose name refers to its artists and subject matter. Among the street's eateries, the most art oriented-in one way or another-are new 2820 (at that address), a fanciful environment; new Chaya Venice (110 Navy, at Main), with art in its architecture; North Beach Bar and Grill (111 Rose, at Main), with a clownish ballerina over its entrance (see page 52); and long popular Rose Cafe (220 Rose). n
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