Scott White Contemporary Art Gallery Debuts With Ross Bleckner Show

by Daniel Haim

After 10 years of working with both the local and international art communities from their Little Italy–based headquarters, Scott White Contemporary Art  (SWCA) officially announces today that the gallery and all operations are relocating to 7655 Girard Avenue, La Jolla CA in November 2011.  Owner Scott White based the decision to move on sheer practicality. The new location allows SWCA to be more conveniently accessed by a growing group of San Diego-based collectors, the majority of whom reside in and around La Jolla.  The space is located in the bustling design corridor of Girard Avenue, which is already home to numerous prestigious art galleries, furniture and interior design showrooms. An unstoppable and constantly mobile force in the art world, White does the majority (around 80%) of his business with collectors globally.  He has represented world-renowned artists including household names such as Dennis Oppenheim, Ross Bleckner, De Wain Valentine, Willem de Kooning, Bernar Venet, Tony Oursler, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol.  In his extensive career in the art world, White has served as an advisor to Christies and Sotheby’s and is consistently quoted as an authority in national publications and other forums.  He will continue to utilize his San Diego headquarters as a home base for all operations, and the gallery will remain an invaluable community platform to showcase White’s hand-selected and noteworthy assortment of works by legendary fine artists. The Little Italy location will be closing doors on October 31st and plans to open in La Jolla are set for mid-November.

With interiors designed by White himself, the SWCA gallery in La Jolla is located in a 3,000 sq ft building, which was initially built in the 1950’s.   White intends to honor the mid-century sensibility of the original space through the use of complementary materials, finishes and furnishings.  The 16-foot ceilings in the gallery will provide ample space to show large-scale works in two primary exhibition areas, an entry foyer, private offices and storage.  The layout and street presence will be similar to the progressive and modern galleries in New York, LA and other important art communities around the country.

The debut of the La Jolla gallery will be celebrated with an opening fete on November 19th featuring paintings by world-renowned fine artist, Ross Bleckner. Famous for both his contributions to the art world and humanitarian efforts, Bleckner’s paintings are featured in some of the most significant permanent collections around the world including: Museum of Modern Art, NY, Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY and many others around the world.  In 1995, Bleckner was the youngest artist to ever receive a solo retrospective at the Guggenheim in NY and in 2009 he was the first fine artist to be awarded the title of Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations.   Proceeds from the sales of his work during the San Diego show at SWCA will benefit the charity Invisible Children, a movement seeking to end the conflict in Uganda and stop the abduction of children for use as child soldiers.

The Scott White Contemporary Art Gallery at 7655 Girard Avenue in La Jolla will be open Tues-Fri 9:00 – 5:00 and Saturday 11:00 to 5:00.