L.A.’s 3 Best Artists You Can Afford

While some saw Jeffrey Deitch's appointment as Director of Los Angeles' Museum Of Contemporary Art as an unexpected move, we saw it as concrete proof of what we already knew: Los Angeles is the new hotbed for emerging international contemporary artists. Of course, there are loads of movers and shakers that are helping to shape the L.A. art world, and our independent gallery scene truly can't be beat. Exhibit A: The Company, the Chinatown gallery owned by Annie Wharton and Anat Ebgi. These two super-smart (and fashionable) ladies have a real eye for emerging artists before they hit it big (read: affordable and brilliant). All three artists live and work in the City Of Angels, are up-and-comers who have attracted the attention of art aficionados, and still have works available for under $1,000. So, consider this a smart investment that will last longer than your Louboutins, and will never go out of fashion.

1. Jesse Reding Fleming:
This former Doug Aiken and Matthew Barney assistant has directed videos for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, MoMA, and Sigur Ros. His films and stills explore the desert and isolation, and the resulting pieces are as painfully beautiful as they are austere.

2. Davida Nemeroff:
This Canada-born conceptual photographer is not only responsible for some of the most visually arresting photographs, but is also an owner of Night Gallery. Her lush photographs of otherworldly landscapes and intimate portraits of friends have been generating some serious "The Next Ryan McGinley" buzz all over town.

3. Alexa Gerrity:
This New York transplant received the prestigious "Best In Class" distinction from Cal Arts and is about to have her first solo show in October at The Company. Her vivid paintings explore the "alienating quality of the suburban landscape" in Los Angeles, and have a childlike whimsy reminiscent of Elizabeth Peyton's watercolors.

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