Photography by Trevor Smith

Lisa Overduin

Art Dealer

| Hancock Park

It’s no secret that LA is having its “moment in the sun” (pun intended)— in the past five years, downtown has metamorphosed thanks to the influx of fashion, art and design. But, before such prominent brands and galleries looked West, there was Lisa Overduin, art dealer and owner of the now-renowned Sunset Boulevard gallery, Overduin & Co.. Nearly 10 years-old, the gallery was far ahead of its time— it opened with a show by artist Tony Conrad in 2007 when there was hardly an almond-milk-stocked café in sight (let alone another art gallery or slew of galleries). But then again, that was sort of Overduin’s point; she’s always seen art not as a separate entity, but as an integral part of our everyday— it’s less, “Let’s hit 10 galleries in a row and post our epic journey on Instagram;” and more, “Why don’t we wander around the neighborhood, maybe pop into a record store, happen upon an art exhibit, then stumble into a movie…” Unsurprisingly, her own life-long relationship with art has been much this way: organic, and never contrived. Raised by Dutch-Indonesian parents in The Hague, Overduin exudes this palpable poise that feels deeply intelligent, if not regal— in fact, it’s not unlike the subtly strong artworks that decorate her gallery. It follows, then, that after studying avant-garde film at UC Berkeley, she landed a gallery job at LA’s Regen Projects where she quickly rose to director, and then partner before breaking out on her own. Naturally, art seems to find Overduin no matter where she goes– including home. She lives alongside her partner (and celebrated artist PS) Paul Sietsema, and their son, Ellsworth, in what is quite possibly LA’s grooviest complex: the Wes Anderson-like El Royale designed by Chateau Marmont’s architect, William Douglas Lee, of course. Here, Overduin sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on LA.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Salt’s Cure (MAP ITBOOK ITx) is my current go-to spot in the neighborhood. The pretzel bread is amazing, as are the clams, kale and halibut! Their cocktails are also superb.

COFFEE OR TEA: I drink a cup of coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon. My friends, Jessica and Alisa, turned me on to Bulletproof coffee which I get at the tonic bar at Erewhon (MAP ITx). For tea, Genmaicha is my favorite.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Alma was my absolute favorite restaurant, but sadly it closed.  Chef Ari Taymor created the most amazing food there. My new favorite is Baroo (MAP ITx)– every single dish on the menu is incredible. “Asian Fever” (basmati rice, southeast-Asian mix, lemongrass and coconut foam with sake lees, crispy shrimp chips, heirloom cherry tomatoes and lime supreme) is my usual order, plus an elderflower kombucha.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: The mezcal margarita at The Tasting Kitchen (MAP ITBOOK ITx) is perfect! I also love the drinks at Gjelina (MAP ITBOOK ITx)– especially “The Nomad’s Pageant” (sparkling wine, sweet vermouth, Antoine’s bitters).

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: The bar at Café Stella (MAP ITx) is great; I love the limonata there.

LADIES LUNCH: Croft Alley (MAP ITx) for lunch; Gracias Madre (MAP ITBOOK ITx) for dinner.

WHERE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS: A hike in Temescal Canyon followed by a sunset dinner at Malibu Farm (MAP ITBOOK ITx) is always a nice way to introduce the city.

BEST BRUNCH: Brunch with the family in the back garden at Gjusta (MAP ITx) is the best! It’s the perfect combination of healthy and indulgent. They have incredible baked breads!

MUSIC PICK: Turkish psychedelia is my current obsession. I found an amazing stash of ’60s Turkish psychedelic records on my last visit to Mississippi Records in Portland (MAP IT).

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: The Tower Bar (MAP ITBOOK ITx).

HEALTHY STAPLE: For gallery lunches, we have Café Gratitude (MAP ITBOOK ITx) and M Café (MAP ITx) on rotation. At Gratitude, my go-to order is “Transformed” (mole tempeh tacos) and “Immortal” (ayervedic tonic with reishi, mucuna, raw honey, steamed almond milk and cinnamon). My new obsession at M Café is the “Lazy Sushi” bowl (seasoned brown rice, tuna poké, miso salmon, hijiki, sea beans and mizuna) and a “Green Day” juice which tastes horrible, but is really good for you.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Pizza and beer at Jon & Vinny’s (MAP ITx) followed by their excellent soft serve!

LA’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: The Inn of the Seventh Ray (MAP ITBOOK ITx) in Topanga Canyon where I had my baby shower years ago is a very special spot. So is the wonderful little shop next door, The Spiral Staircase (MAP ITx) which has beautiful crystals.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: A sunset walk on the beach waiting for you anytime of the year. My father does a sunrise and sunset beach walk every day, all year long.

REGULAR AT: Skylight Books (MAP ITx) and Book Soup (MAP ITx). I love to spend time looking through the books at these stores. They both host great readings and the newsstand at Book Soup is excellent.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: We love having dinner at Crossroads (MAP ITx) before heading to a movie– cozy, healthy and they have great drinks!

FAMILY-FRIENDLY PICK: Trails Café (MAP ITx) is a lovely spot for a casual family breakfast or lunch before playtime in the park.

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: Strangely, the scene at the tonic bar at Erewhon is pretty entertaining– extreme health culture attracts the whole spectrum!

TO RELAX AND UNWIND: We spent our last holiday in Monaco– visiting Saint Paul de Vence, Cap Martin and Cap Ferrat; it was extremely inspiring. We usually choose a different spot for each holiday. Tokyo is next on our list!

TO GET INSPIRED: The Huntington Library Gardens (MAP ITx) are beautiful and always inspiring.

CLOSET CHECK: I like simple, classic shapes in great textures. I wear Black Crane and Creatures of Comfort for more casual day-to-day attire, and Lemaire, Simone Rocha and Céline for crisper, more formal wear. I also love pairing Acne jeans and tees with Jenni Kayne sweaters. For vintage, Collection (MAP ITx) is the best.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: Tortoise in Venice (MAP ITx) and Jenni Kayne in Brentwood (MAP ITx).

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Terri Lawton (MAP ITx) is the most amazing facialist in the city– such an inspiring woman. I also see Brandi at Arcona in Santa Monica (MAP ITx).

FIT PICK: I’m just hiking these days– the Santa Monica Mountains are my latest discovery.

ULTIMATE LA MOMENT: I visited some collectors in Napa who built a beautiful private exhibition space for their collection in a former farmhouse and wine cave.  On the property, they commissioned the artist James Turrell to build an enormous Skyspace sculpture in the middle of an infinity pool– it’s a sleek, white cube open at the top and its view of the sky’s changing colors at sunset is incredible. You must swim underwater to enter the cube from below (there are docents that swim with you and guide you underwater into the space). It’s definitely an experience you would only have in California– just breathtaking! CP

Lisa’s LA

From L to R: First Row: Bowl from Baroo; Salt's Cure; Flowers at Erewhon; Clothing from Creatures of Comfort

From L to R: First Row: Bowl from Baroo; Salt’s Cure; Flowers at Erewhon; Clothing from Creatures of Comfort. Second Row: Inside Café Gratitude; Malibu Farm; Pasta at Jon & Vinny’s; Inside Gracias Madre.

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