Pioneering Los Angeles contemporary design gallery, Twentieth, announces a new visionary phase with a move to the Hollywood Hills. After years at its standout location on Beverly Boulevard (designed by LA architect Neil Denari), the groundbreaking design gallery continues its commitment to curating and introducing contemporary and avant-garde designs in a new setting that authentically coalesces design, architecture, art, and contemporary life in a destination that fosters creative exchange.
Since 1999, Twentieth has cultivated an internationally aware design community that has placed Los Angeles on the global radar for emerging design talent and experimental multi-disciplinary practices that ignore the traditional boundaries of genres and delineations of contemporary art and design. Twentieth's design vanguards, owner and curator Stefan Lawrence, alongside long-term collaborator Daniele Albright, were early to shift global expectations of Los Angeles' aesthetic sensibilities—disrupting expected pipelines to New York—to facilitate many firsts for US debuts of international designers, electing to instead launch from LA.
Twentieth notably introduced international designers, such as Tom Dixon, Established & Sons (which included the work of Zaha Hadid), Moooi, Droog, and more recently Mattia Biagi, Julian Mayor, and Henzel Studio. Many artists based in New York also had their West Coast debuts at Twentieth, such as Lindsay Adelman, Jason Miller (before he founded Roll & Hill), and Tobias Wong (now the subject of an exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver), nurturing designers and a design-loving community that catapulted trends into movements. The legacy of cultivating a community around design and fine art is central to the gallery's vision for its new phase and bold relocation to the Hollywood Hills.
The intimate and iconic setting of the Hollywood Hills location echoes the evolution of Twentieth's program. "The emphasis has always been about individuals making things," notes Lawrence, "For over 23 years, we have been concentrating on individuals and innovative work. I have always been passionate about architecture and how the collection is presented and housed. This new location embodies our evolving direction that celebrates natural settings, organic architecture, and the handmade work of creatives."
Creative duo Lawrence and Albright have devoted over two decades to cultivating a West Coast aesthetic differentiated by hybrid disciplines, natural principles, and an international exchange that is distinctive to Los Angeles living. Over the years, Lawrence and Albright’s intuitive curations have heavily influenced zeitgeists nationally and across the globe. With a focus on organic shapes, natural materials pushed to the unexpected, and art’s affair with the abstracted utility of design, Twentieth’s contemporary exhibitions and collections continue to evolve, serve and inspire designers, artists, interior environments, and private collectors.
Never resting on their pioneering laurels, Twentieth's next-wave ethos and the experimental program continue to grow with the move to the Hollywood Hills, an environmental shift from typical gallery or storefront spaces. Nestled on a wooded acre in a quiet canyon, the new gallery occupies a residence designed by LA architect Jeff Mills. Built as a reservoir for light, with Mills' signature glass walls and weightless windows, the renovated former residence offers seven gallery rooms spanning two levels with over 5,000 square feet of indoor exhibition spaces and outdoor sculpture gardens. The tranquil scenery of colourful Japanese maple trees and native plants was designed by LA-based Lisa Gimmy, a landscape architect known for her contributions to public gardens and many prestigious commissioned projects. The gallery offers visitors a serene, aesthetic environment and respite from the city, inspiring dialogue and authentic connections around architecture, design, and art. Twentieth's new vision brings generosity and consideration to a new display format. This hospitable space invites visitors to retreat to a unique setting for inspiration and meaningful creative exchange.
Twentieth's new location will open on February 13, 2023, with the group exhibition ERODE – MORPH – BLOOM curated by Joakim Andreasson, highlighting trailblazing collaborations and unabashed fusions of contemporary art and design for everyday intimate spaces. The show features Swedish artist and luxury carpet publisher Henzel Studio's close collaboration with contemporary artists Vanessa Beecroft, Nan Goldin, Kim Gordon, Katerina Jebb, Mary McCartney, and Marilyn Minter exhibiting the hand-woven unique Henzel textile pieces alongside original artworks.
In parallel with this exhibition, during FRIEZE Week Los Angeles, Henzel Studio and Twentieth have partnered with The Edition Hotel West Hollywood to present a site-specific installation of additional rugs from Henzel Studio's artist program. Artists include Richard Prince, Jack Pierson, Jwan Yosef, Tony Oursler, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Sue Webster & Tim Noble, Helmut Lang, Lawrence Weiner, Marilyn Minter, and Calle Henzel.
ERODE – MORPH – BLOOM will be exhibited at Twentieth Hollywood Hills from February 13 – April 15, 2023. The exhibition will accompany a press preview, an artists' salon, and opening reception in the gallery's sculpture garden—event announcements and invitations to follow.
Twentieth's concurrent programs on view through April 15th include: Mattia Biagi: Achromatic Gypsum Adam Court (of OKHA): Ambiguous Forms Karolina Maszkiewicz: Serpsates.
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