Phoenix

Bentley Projects

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215 E. Grant St.,
South Phoenix,
AZ,
United States,
85004.

Here lies the coolest spot in town when it comes to art and architecture. (It’s also the sister location to Bentley Gallery, which is part of Scottsdale’s hit-or-miss art scene.) The owners of this 22,000-square-foot warehouse and former 1918 laundry (housed way off the beaten path, south of the Diamondbacks’ ballpark) recently restored it to its exposed-brick glory. (In Phoenix, tearing down historic properties is practically a cottage industry.) There’s nothing old-timey about the art, however; they represent international stars including Jim Dine and Richard Serra. But the really exciting stuff comes from locals like Hector Ruiz, who has become a leader in the Latino art world with his paintings, wood carvings, and papier-mâché that comment on contemporary culture. (He once crafted a 21-foot blonde in strappy heels and suspended her from the ceiling.) And take note of another artist, Mark Newport (an Arizona State University professor); he knits superhero costumes and sometimes dons them in the name of performance art.

 

Tip: Ask if any work by famed glass artist Dale Chihuly is on display; sometimes it’s tucked in a hard-to-find corner.