Walter Maciel is the rare LA gallerist whose influence spans the coast. Before opening his eponymous Culver City gallery in 2006, Maciel helmed several prominent San Francisco exhibition spaces in addition to serving on boards for the Headlands Center for the Arts and Southern Exposure—sponsor of the innovative Alternative Exposure grant, which supports under-the-radar artists and collectives in the Bay Area.

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Maciel Gallery’s program of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists fits well in the thrumming arts district of Culver City. While news of the latest gallery neighborhood comes and goes (see: Mid-Hollywood and Downtown), the continued relevance of Culver City’s gallery rows as a destination for both international and local artists is testament to the the evolution of the LA art scene as not shifting, but growing. “I had an eye on Culver City for about a year prior when Blum and Poe moved their gallery to a warehouse on La Cienega Blvd.” Maciel says. “I found the space for my current gallery through a friend of mine who was also from the Bay Area and had opened a gallery nearby.” Situated on the densest block of galleries on La Cienega, Maciel belongs to a relevant row art spaces that coordinate exhibition schedules to make opening weekends feel like walkable neighborhood gatherings, a rare phenomenon in Los Angeles.

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In the spirit of exchange and energy that marks the West Coast art scene, Smashbox Studios has partnered with Maciel Gallery to present a revolving program of artwork curated especially for Smashbox VIP rooms. The artists currently involved include Tm Gratkowski, Brendan Lott, Nike Schröder, Cynthia Ona Innis, Colin Doherty, Pepa Prieto, Dean Monogenis, John Jurayj, Lisa Solomon and Barry Anderson. “I was one of the pioneers of the Culver City Arts District” Maciel continues “and now there are over 25 galleries in the area.”

More informaiton about Walter Maciel Gallery can be found at www.waltermacielgallery.com. 2642 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034