Emmanuel Perrotin

Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Seoul gallerist

From its roots in Paris, Galerie Perrotin has steadily expanded east and west. A Hong Kong gallery opened in 2012 – reflecting Perrotin’s longstanding interest in art from East Asia (he was the first gallerist to show Takashi Murakami outside of Japan) – and April of this year saw the inauguration of a new space in Seoul, with a Laurent Grasso exhibition, a few months after leading Dansaekhwa painter Park Seo-Bo had filled the Paris space. Meanwhile, heading west, a solo show in the gallery’s New York space, of over fifty years of paintings by the Icelandic artist Erró, marked one of the final exhibitions before the gallery’s move to the Lower East Side and a larger 2,300sqm space. As much as all this east and west traffic helps to make the products of local cultures globally popular, Perrotin has never been afraid of art’s embrace of popular culture itself: this year he showed fashion photographer Terry Richardson in Hong Kong.