Whatever else can be said about Los Angeles, it is a city in love with paradox. Just consider Hauser & Wirth’s recently opened L.A. gallery—housed in a vintage auto showroom on West Hollywood’s iconic Santa Monica Boulevard—where the 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival’s stucco façade currently frames the colorful and kinetic nude forms of “People Are Strange,” a selection of new works by artist George Condo.
“The real beauty of this space is the windows on Santa Monica Boulevard,” says Stacen Berg, the gallery’s executive director. “There were tens of thousands of people driving by or stuck in traffic who used to look in and see these exotic foreign cars, and now you see these beautiful paintings. So we did orient the show with that in mind.”