Los Angeles has long had its rightful place in art history obscured by the influence of New York, but the last few years have started to reverse decades of neglect. As evidenced by the lines around the block to get into Doug Wheeler’s recent show at David Zwirner, West Coast artists are finally gaining the reputations they deserve. LA celebrated its artistic legacy with last year’s Pacific Standard Time and debuted its own outpost of the Armory Show with Art Platform. Now LA gets its first bienniel, Made in L.A. 2012, organized by the Hammer Museum and LAXART, a non-profit space for contemporary art. Sixty artists from the Los Angeles area will show work in a variety of media. In conjunction, the Venice Beach Biennial is a smaller event taking place on the boardwalk from July 13-15 with twenty-five to thirty artists participating.
Made in L.A. 2012 takes place from June 2nd to September 2nd of this year.