ARTBOOK, a publisher with retail locations at MoMA PS1 in Queens, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Swiss Institute in SoHo, will have a new space inside Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, which opens next month in Los Angeles.
The gallery is the L.A. outpost of the Swiss art dealers Hauser & Wirth, with Paul Schimmel, the former chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, joining as a partner. The bookstore will, according to the gallery, “devote a large portion of its retail space” to curated selections of titles, organized around a theme and rotated out every few months. When it opens, the store will focus on books about women artists to coincide with the gallery’s inaugural exhibition, “Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947–2016.”
In a statement, Skúta Helgason, ARTBOOK’s creative director, cited L.A. MOCA’s 2007 survey of feminist art, “WACK!”, saying that in the decade since that show, “we’ve finally seen a critical mass of serious publishing on women artists. When that show travelled to MoMA PS1, it was difficult to find books on most of the artists featured. This is truly the first moment in history when a bookstore can stock a wall of shelves solely with women artists. I want to celebrate these books and encourage our visitors to discover them.” Helgason further described ARTBOOK’s selection at the gallery as not necessarily completist, but “idiosyncratic and rapidly evolving.”
Hauser Wirth & Schimmel opens March 13 in a former flour mill. It will also have a bar and restaurant, a garden, and, in the gallery’s words, “outdoor areas for quiet contemplation and informal gatherings.”