By JORI FINKEL
AUGUST 31, 2016
LOS ANGELES — Ever since the art lawyer Joshua Roth joined United Talent Agency in early 2015 to start its first fine art division, gallery owners have wondered if the giant Hollywood agency would encroach on their business.
Now, the questioning is sure to grow louder, as Mr. Roth and his colleagues prepare to open a new gallery-like venue, U.T.A. Artist Space, in a former manufacturing building downtown.
The 4,500-square-foot space is to open on Sept. 17 with a rare to California survey of artwork by the photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark (“Kids”). Consigned by the New York gallery Luhring Augustine, the material for sale includes vintage photographs from the 1960s of teenagers shooting up and hooking up and the so-called “Heroin” series from 2014 — abstract oil paintings into which small plastic bags used for drug storage are embedded.