Jori Finkel announces in The New York Times UTA’s new space for out-of-town galleries and artists who want to show in Los Angeles without having to own the infrastructure.
The 4,500-square-foot space is to open on Sept. 17 with a rare to California survey of artwork by the photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark (“Kids”). Consigned by the New York gallery Luhring Augustine, the material for sale includes vintage photographs from the 1960s of teenagers shooting up and hooking up and the so-called “Heroin” series from 2014 — abstract oil paintings into which small plastic bags used for drug storage are embedded.
But U.T.A. Artist Space “will not function like a gallery,” said Mr. Roth, who currently represents artists including Ai Weiwei, Rashid Johnson and Judy Chicago in their film and entertainment ventures, while helping other clients navigate the art world. It will not hold regular exhibitions or develop artists’ careers like galleries do, Mr. Roth said. (It will also have limited public hours, Wednesdays through Saturdays.)
Rather, expect collaborations with out-of-town galleries eager to reach Los Angeles collectors, and one-off events that serve United Talent’s current roster or help to cultivate new clients.