Art dealer Margo Leavin dies at 85


Iconic art dealer and West Hollywood gallery owner Margo Leavin has died, according to business partner Wendy Brandow.

Her gallery on Robertson Blvd. hosted shows by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and other notable artists. Since the 1970s, Leavin was known as a staunch advocate of the nascent Los Angeles art scene; she continued her work until her retirment in 2013.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

In 2015, the gallery’s archive was acquired by the Getty Research Institute. Four years later, UCLA unveiled the new Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios in Culver City, a state-of-the-art facility for the nation’s No. 2-ranked art school made possible by a $20-million gift from the art dealer. Leavin’s donation is the largest ever made by an alumna to the arts within the UC system.

No cause of death was reported, though her health had been failing for some time.

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Michael Collins
2 years ago

She had an eye for upcoming artist, she was generous of time and a kind person. She had incredible taste and shall be remembered as taste maker to those who frequented her gallery and those in world who appreciated fine art. May she rest in peace

Joan Henehan
Joan Henehan
2 years ago

An enthusiastic supporter of capital “A” arts, Margo Leavin was a longtime leader and knowledgeable curator for painters and other artistic creators who enlivened and breathed life into the Los Angeles scene. Her important gift and irreplaceable influence will endure.


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2 years ago

Margo Leavin, Rest In Peace. 🤍🙏🏼🕯

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Paul E. Leavin
Paul E. Leavin
2 years ago

Margo was my cousin. I lived in NYC all my life. She was a warm, and loving, and smart and gentle person. I will miss her so much.
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