Power 100

Most influential people in 2023 in the contemporary artworld


Emmanuel Perrotin

Gallerist - Gallerist thinking about the future of his ten international venues while still taking risks

23 in 2023

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Photo: Tanguy Beurdeley

Perrotin has many big-ticket, pop-culture-friendly artists on his books – JR, Takashi Murakami and Mr. among them. But maintaining ten galleries across Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Dubai, New York and Los Angeles takes cash, and the gallerist this year brought in an investor – French private-equity firm Colony Investment Management, which took a 60 percent stake in the business (Perrotin holds onto the remainder). The aim? ‘To facilitate Perrotin’s long term growth plans.’ Which isn’t to say the famed party boy and prankster has entirely grown up: at his Art Basel Miami booth he hosted art collective MSCHF’s functioning ATM, which gathered fairgoers’ bank balances (from millionaires to paupers) on a video leader board. The gallery exhibitions ranged from Daniel Arsham, who is celebrating 20 years with Perrotin, to Bernar Venet, who installed a vast steel sculpture at the Place Vendôme as part of his Paris show. While the gallery mourns the loss of Dansaekhwa-founding father Park Seo-Bo, who died in October, the gallery welcomes onto its roster Julian Charrière and Emma Webster.

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