10 Best L.A. Art Galleries For Partying
Prism LA took an award in our most recent Best Of L.A. Issue for offering the best celebrity sightings at gallery shows -- which is not necessarily the same as throwing the best parties. Except in this case, it is. With a regular stream of celebrity artists showing in the program, and followers from the worlds of art and fashion converging on their gorgeous Sunset Blvd. architecture, the experience can sometimes teeter on the nightclubby -- an impression that their legendary rooftop after-parties do little to combat. That said, if you want a fashion-forward good time with your cultural experience, Prism is the place to find it.8746 W. Sunset Blvd. W. Hlywd. (310) 289-1301, www.prismla.com.
1. Merry Karnowsky Gallery
Any gallery that's famous for a signature cocktail (vodka with lemonade and rosemary) and rarely has an opening night reception not hosted by a famous rocker or movie star deserves the top spot on a list like this. Things may have settled down from the days of fans literally crawling over alley fences to get into Merry Karnowsky Gallery, but lines down the block on opening night are still a common sight. It's worth it though, because once you are inside, it's a whole world of '80s SoHo-style buzz and bling, with high production-value art that is always challenging, coveted, dark, and a little romantic. 170 S. La Brea Ave., Hancock Park. (323) 933-4408, www.mkgallery.com.
1331 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA