In early 2015, United Talent Agency became the first Hollywood talent agency to dive headfirst into the art world when it tapped lawyer and collector Josh Roth to launch UTA Fine Arts, a division that would represent artists in Tinseltown and shop them projects as if they were A-list actors. Now, UTA is doubling down on the L.A. art scene by opening UTA Artist Space, a venue in Downtown Los Angeles that will offer 4,000 square feet of programming space, hosting film screenings and performances in addition to exhibitions.
The first show will be of work by Larry Clark, marking his first show in Los Angeles since his solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2000. It opens September 17, and will feature 50 works, and include screenings of Clark’s 1968 film Tulsa.
“We are dedicated to seizing opportunities for artists, and UTA Artist Space provides a place for artists to interface with the public and each other in a dynamic, supportive way,” UTA’s chairman, Jim Berkus, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to inaugurate this mission by hosting Larry Clark and his extraordinary work.”
The Larry Clark show is being presented alongside his New York gallery, Luhring Augustine. Future exhibitions will follow that same model, bringing in galleries from around the world to collaborate on a show with UTA. This aspect of the programming will be overseen by UTA Fine Arts, but the programming of UTA Artist Space in general will be overseen by a committee of agency executives from all divisions.
The space will be located in Boyle Heights, at 670 South Anderson Street, putting it within walking distance (if you really want to walk in Los Angeles) of 356 Mission and Michele Maccarone’s L.A. space. It’s also just a five minute drive across the Los Angeles River to Hauser Wirth & Schimmel.