C L E A R I N G doubles down on L.A. with expanded, newly renovated space.

C L E A R I N G is poised to expand its influence in Los Angeles with the opening of its newly renovated space at 530 N. Western Avenue. While the gallery previously had a location in Beverly Hills, alongside its New York and Brussels spaces, the L.A. outpost further cements the gallery’s presence in the city. The inaugural show will be a solo exhibition of Shota Nakamura, opening January 20th.

The renovated space, which now spans 2,500 square feet, features architectural elements like exposed wooden ceiling beams and skylights, which fill the area with warm, natural light—a contrast to the gallery’s spaces in the colder climes of New York and Brussels.

“We have had a presence in L.A. since 2020 and, with each passing year, it becomes ever more important,” said Olivier Babin, the gallery’s founder, noting the city’s growing, and welcoming art scene. “I’ve been delighted with how, in only a few years, we’ve been accepted into the city’s arts ecosystem.” He noted the gallery is located in a prime spot on Western Avenue, where Ed Ruscha had his studio from 1965 to 1985, and where galleries seem to be springing up “on a weekly basis.”

Untitled (Green Room), 2023
Shota Nakamura


“L.A. is one of the greatest cities in the world, with a great community of artists of all ages, fantastic art schools, and, though this is not by any means a novel observation, an incredibly rich and dynamic collecting scene, and we are delighted to welcome everyone back through our (slightly enlarged) doors,” he added.

The first exhibition in the space will be “light room,” a solo show from Japanese painter Shota Nakamura, who was recently featured in the The Artsy Vanguard 2023. His exhibition will be on view at the gallery through March 2nd.

“Shota’s exhibition, his first with C L E A R I N G, is the culmination of a year of ruminative, rigorous work,” said the gallery’s director John Utterson. “The show poses a straightforward question, with a profoundly personal and, of course, endlessly complicated answer, namely: where does the urge to paint come from? It is an extraordinary show, and I am delighted that it will inaugurate our fantastic, newly renovated gallery on Western Ave.”

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