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“If I open my own space maybe I don’t have to compromise so much,” Chung explained to artnet News in an interview.
“So I emptied my kitchen and living room and invited artists to come and make work,” he said.
In 2015 the non-profit reached a deal with MOCA to gain access to the museum’s 7,000 piece collection.
Before his untimely death in August 2015, Davis put together proposals for about 18 exhibitions, of which two have been realized.
The spaces are located across working-class neighborhoods such as Koreatown, Leimert Park, and Arlington Heights.
They are cheaper to run than their commercial counterparts in West Hollywood or Culver City, and the individuals behind them often go where the established art world will not or cannot; they address social issues, show oddball or left-field exhibitions, and promote young talent.
Commonwealth and Council, an artist-run exhibition space by the curator Young Chung, is located in a run-down building in Koreatown.
The gallery shares a building with the project space Visitor Welcome Center, an acupuncture clinic, and the oldest Spanish-speaking Alcoholics Anonymous service in the city.
Artists such as Lee Maida and Brenna Youngblood had early shows at Commonwealth and Council.
“I like learning and discovering things about an artist,” Chung said, about Carmen Argote, the artist whose work is on view at the gallery until July 16. If it’s great work but the person isn’t a good match, it’s not going to work out,” he added.
The first by William Kentridge and the second being the current group show, which features works by Theaster Gates, Robert Gober, David Hammons, Deana Lawson, Kerry James Marshall, Marion Palfi, Henry Taylor, and Kara Walker.