Power 100

Most influential people in 2020 in the contemporary artworld


Larry Gagosian

Gallerist - Global gallerist with 18 galleries and celebrity artists

29 in 2020

  • 202029
  • 201927
  • 201822
  • 201715
  • 20166
  • 20156
  • 20148
  • 20134
  • 20122
  • 20114
  • 20101
  • 20095
  • 20082
  • 20072
  • 20062
  • 20052
  • 20041
  • 20034
  • 200223
Larry Gagosian. Photo: Roe Ethridge

When a pandemic ripped up the events-based models on which rivals had staked their futures, Gagosian’s long-term investment in online strategy came to fruition in six-figure sales for Mark Grotjahn and Jenny Saville through the gallery’s Artist Spotlight programme (the director responsible for developing the strategy, Sam Orlofsky, was dismissed in November after allegations of serious sexual misconduct). The initiative – followed by the video-led Gagosian Premieres – was the online continuation of what the gallery magazine, Gagosian Quarterly, had been doing for years: building momentum and conversation around his artists’ work, by contextualising it through custom multimedia content and editorial features by some of the most relevant writers, critics and personalities in the artworld and beyond (in April, Gagosian signed a partnership with Antwaun Sargent, one of New York’s hottest art critics). Nor did the pandemic interrupt the expansion of the bricks-and-mortar franchise, with Brice Marden inaugurating a ritzy new space in Athens and a second Los Angeles outpost to open in early 2021.

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