PRINT December 2004


Los Angeles

WHEN DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH MOVED OUT OF HIS CHINATOWN digs in late 2002, those left behind began, either eagerly or anxiously, proclaiming the end. After all, the painter and honorary “Mayor of Chinatown” was among the first wave of aesthetes to take advantage of the former tourist trap’s economic misfortunes, replacing cut-rate chinoiserie with contemporary art. Then, a few months later, Giovanni Intra, the genial artist/writer who with partner Steve Hanson effectively put the place on the map by opening China Art Objects Galleries, passed away at the tender age of thirty-four. And there went the neighborhood.

Or so we thought. For despite all portents to the contrary, the 2004 season started on a surprisingly determined up note. October 2003 witnessed the launch of a troika of new and promising galleries on Bernard Street, at the far end of Chung King Road, inaugurating “a clean-and-sober

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. Please sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW at the discounted holiday rate of $45 a year—70% off the newsstand price—and receive the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the December 2004 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.