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EDWARD CELLA ART + ARCHITECTURE IN L.A.
Edward Cella Art + Architecture is known for its emphasis on the intersection of fine art, architecture, and design, a focus that has made it a destination gallery in Los Angeles. The interdisciplinary program boasts an exceptional collection of twentieth-century architectural ephemera and materials, including seminal pieces by such mid-century greats as Richard Neutra and Rudolf Schindler, while also offering contemporary fine art programming with a roster of emerging, mid-career, and established artists and designers. In May the gallery officially moved from Wilshire Boulevard to a new space in the heart of Culver City’s art district at 2754 South La Cienega Boulevard.
In a city that continually reinvents itself, Cella has taken on an ambitious new space, much larger than his last, and has rebranded the gallery in collaboration with L.A.’s Group Effort, a design partnership between graphic designer Jessica Fleischmann of Still Room and architect Rachel Allen. The new location has been architecturally envisioned by Allen as a mutable and spatially flexible space, in keeping with the gallery’s cross-disciplinary concept, and can readily accommodate large-scale, three-dimensional works of sculpture, furniture, and design. With a permanent desk designed by Alex Rasmussen of Neal Feay made entirely from gradient slabs of black anodized aluminum, the new space is simultaneously elegant, modern, and contemporary: distinctly Cella. The gallery’s debut presentation, Unbound, featured contemporary painting, and was followed by Homeland, an exhibition of work by L.A.-based Pontus Willers. edwardcella.com