David Kordansky

Rising Los Angeles gallerist

‘Artists want to see their gallery put their money where their mouth is,’ Kordansky said in an interview as he announced he would be doubling the space of his Los Angeles gallery. Since setting up shop in 2003, after studying performance art at CalArts, Kordansky has become one of the most influential presences on LA’s art scene, with an intergenerational roster ranging from rising artists such as Simone Leigh and Tala Madani, to veterans Fred Eversley and Sam Gilliam. (Recent keen interest in the latter’s work, which included the sale of a painting for $2.2m at Christie’s last year, was arguably kickstarted when Gilliam joined the gallery five years ago.) Kordansky’s Mid City space is set in 2020 to occupy the entire block, with an added 400sqm of exhibition space and a courtyard for readings, talks and performances further accommodating his and his artists’ growing ambitions.