Two of the city’s most forward-looking creative forces—art dealer David Kordansky and architect Kulapat Yantrasast—continue their dynamic collaboration on a new scale.
Six years ago, the Mississippi-born, Los Angeles–based art dealer David Kordansky, 42, moved his young gallery from Culver City to an unlikely venue in the pokey Mid-Wilshire district: a pair of buildings that had once housed a martial-arts palace and practice arena for stunt doubles. As big-gun international dealers like Hauser & Wirth and Jeffrey Deitch colonized parts of downtown, Kordansky settled in and built a roster of L.A.-area talent, from up-and-comers like Will Boone and Lauren Halsey to veterans Fred Eversley, Sam Gilliam and the late Betty Woodman. Now he’s doubling down: This spring, David Kordansky Gallery is expanding its footprint by almost 13,000 square feet, annexing adjacent storefronts and adding an outdoor courtyard for sculpture, music, poetry, film—and the raucous, family-friendly gatherings for which the gallery has become known.
Architect Kulapat Yantrasast, 51, has attended more than a few of these blowouts. The creative director of wHY Architecture, with studios in L.A. and New York, met the dealer nine years ago at an art-world dinner, and the two clicked almost immediately. “I liked Kulapat’s energy and his sensitivity,” Kordansky says. “And his interest in collaboration. That’s his thing. It’s not so common among architects” […]