Best Art Gallery That's Run Like a Museum - 2011
Overduin and Kite
Though anybody with a few posters and a storefront can call himself a gallerist (as uber-dealer Larry Gagosian did when he got into the business eons ago in Westwood), an art gallery that makes an impact must provide the same kind of insight, scholarship and engagement as any institution proclaiming some handle on history. Run by former Regen Projects directors Lisa Overduin and Kristina Kite, Overduin and Kite has shown a slew of historically relevant exhibitions, from Haim Steinbach arranging some of Mike Kelley's collection (the Angeleno artist collects a lot of weird and wonderful things) to critic Sarah Lehrer-Greiwer's guest-curated exhibition on Dan Graham, Lee Lozano and Stephen Kaltenbach, and from first shows of some of the best recently graduated local artists like Dianna Molzan and Stephen G. Rhodes to the only L.A. whistle-stop on some of the better (or at least hipper) Europeans, like Marc Camille Chaimowicz and Tris Vonna-Michell. Overduin and Kite consistently achieves in its fiercely intelligent and methodical manner what I want almost every art gallery to do and only a handful in the city ever pull off. 6693 W. Sunset Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 464-3600, overduinandkite.com.