Diane Rosenstein Fine Art (DRFA) is the newest gallery to open in Beverly Hills. Located at 9399 Wilshire Boulevard, the building features 4,000 square feet of exhibition space.
The gallery's first exhibition is titled Cleve Gray: The Connecticut Paintings and is showing until June 10.
Patch caught up with Rosenstein to discuss the new gallery, which opened in mid-April.
Beverly Hills Patch: How did you come to decide to open a gallery in Beverly Hills?
Diane Rosenstein: I had been a private dealer, and recently worked with to place art in their new building on Foothill Road. I felt that the space had enormous potential for contemporary art.
Patch: How long did you live in Beverly Hills?
Rosenstein: I lived in Beverly Hills for 24 years—from elementary school through early adulthood. I now live in the Hollywood Hills. I attended the University of Pennsylvania.
Patch: How did you select Cleve Gray to be your first show?
Rosenstein: I first saw Gray's work in the late 1970s during a visit to his studio and have always felt a strong connection to the work. When I learned that he had never had a one-man show in Los Angeles, I approached the family with a proposal for the inaugural exhibition.
Patch: What is your vision for the gallery?
Rosenstein: Exhibition plans include alternating important 20th century post-war historical exhibitions with presentations of mid-career and emerging artists from Los Angeles. It is my intention to also have regular public talks at the gallery with artists, curators and art writers to further the discussion of work presented, and to visit current issues in the art world. The local Beverly Hills community would be invited to attend the lectures and discussions.
Rosenstein: What is the history of the gallery space?
Patch: The gallery's building is originally the site of the Guy Price building, built 50 years ago in the 1960s. The previous tenant was a private jeweler and then a few years ago the property was rebuilt by the new owners, who hired Richard Meier & Partners for renovations. We are the first tenants in the new space.