A Question for Our Readers

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Wendy Brandow (left), Peter Stevens, Margo Leavin. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan)

The Los Angeles Times reported today that Los Angeles’s Margo Leavin Gallery, which has been in business for more than four decades and has featured exhibitions of John Baldessari and others, will close its doors. The gallery was also a fixture of important international art fairs like Art Basel. Explaining the gallery’s decision, business partner Wendy Brandow told the Times:

“People are approaching art differently today. They’re not seeking out the thoughtful, complete statement that artists make when they create gallery exhibitions. … The exhibitions have been such an important part of what we do, and they are no longer valued as much by the public.”

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