At Maggie Kayne’s new James Turrell-designed gallery, the future is now.
At just 28 years old, it’s easy to lump Maggie Kayne in with the new generation of well-off, well-connected, good-looking young gallerists popping up in New York and L.A. While all of those things, Kayne, who has worked with LACMA and the Hammer, sets herself apart by staying ahead of the curve.
On her collecting philosophy, she explains, “I am interested in artists whose work is less tied to the moment than emblematic of the future.” To that end, in 2011, she opened Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery in Santa Monica, aligning herself with art-world veterans James Corcoran and Bill Griffin, after working with them on a James Turrell commission for her parents (Richard and Suzanne Kayne). In addition to introducing many new talents to L.A., the gallery represents a stable of contemporary legends (Ed Ruscha, Yves Klein, David Lynch) and is less known for glitzy show openings than for recruiting esteemed guest curators like The Palais de Tokyo’s Marc-Olivier Wahler.
This month, Kayne closes the gallery’s westside location for a brand-new, 15,000 square-foot build-out on La Brea Avenue, the vision of L.A. firm Standard and Turrell himself—complete with a permanent Skyspace installed by the artist. “He designed the lighting, skylights and coffered ceiling in the galleries. The Skyspace will be in our conference room and opens with a retractable roof. Additionally, he designed the courtyard to be an oasis from the busy street.” A Light and Space masterwork for the future. 201 S. La Brea Ave., L.A.; kaynegriffincorcoran.com.
Written by Kelsey McKinnon