Emmanuel Perrotin

Gallerist with branches in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong and Shanghai

In 2020 Perrotin will celebrate 30 years since he opened his first gallery in Paris. He now has six more, stretching across New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai: a whopping 7,000sqm of combined exhibition space, overseen by 145 employees. Yet Perrotin’s starry roster demands it, ranging from Maurizio Cattelan, Elmgreen & Dragset and Sophie Calle to pricey creators like JR, KAWS and Daniel Arsham who speak to audiences outside the artworld. Now over fifty, and despite his longstanding night-owl image and his galleries being described by The New York Times as ‘Instagram-friendly party spaces’, Perrotin evidently wants the world. He launched three spaces in Asia between 2016 and 2018, reflecting the fact that about a fifth of his roster is Asian; he’s talked lately of the increasing importance of Africa to the art ecosystem; he has even suggested, perhaps in jest, that he’d be happy to merge with another blue-chip. Obviously he doesn't need to.