May 15 - June 10, 2011

Greater LA is the first ever survey to take place in New York of art being made in Los Angeles right now, and its massive but sometimes under-acknowledged impact on the global stage. Filling a large industrial loft space in the heart of SoHo, Greater LA gathers the work of over 50 Los Angeles based artists who are setting the agenda for conversations about contemporary cultural production around the world. Far from being a comprehensive view, Greater LA aims to be a selection of work as varied and idiosyncratic as the landscape from which it emerges. Greater LA makes an argument for the vitality and urgency of art made in and influenced by the largest city on the Western coast of North America. Organized by Eleanor Cayre, Benjamin Godsill, and Joel Mesler (a collector, a curator, and a gallerist respectively), Greater LA is the first large-scale exhibition highlighting art being made in Los Angeles right now as a subject worthy of examination. While many of the artists included have exhibited in gallery and museum settings in New York, they’ve never been contextualized as a group that shares, however subtly, an identity based upon their geography. Greater LA aims to be this contextualization, giving physical form to the oft-heard suggestion that the work made today in Los Angeles is some of the best in the World. Works include sculpture, painting, photography, drawing, installation, video and performance; none seen previously and many newly conceived for this exhibition.

Artists: Edgar Arceneaux, Skip Arnold, Andrea Bowers, Matt Chambers, Peter Demos, Joe Deutch, Brendan Fowler, Mark Grotjahn, Karl Haendel, Drew Heitzler, Dennis Hollingsworth, Alex Israel, Patrick Jackson, Matt Johnson, Brian Kennon, Olga Koumoundouros, Matt Lipps, Justin Lowe, Jason Meadows, Melodie Mousset, Carter Mull, Kori Newkirk, Ruben Ochoa, Kaz Oshiro, Alex Prager, Ry Rocklen, Sterling Ruby, Melanie Schiff, Anna Sew Hoy, Henry Taylor, Eric Wesley, Pae White, Jonas Wood, Aaron Wrinkle among others.