Larry Gagosian

Global gallerist with 16 galleries and celebrity artists

Business as usual for Gagosian: his business still turns over something like $1bn (he demurs at the figure) through 17 galleries girdling the globe and a programme ranging, in 2019, from autumn’s weirdo survey Domestic Horror on Park Avenue and a multivenue show of Richard Serra’s new work, to surveys of Australian art, a selection of rarely shown Francis Bacons and a London group show featuring a borrowed Rembrandt. The megadealer did launch a new art-advisory firm in April (which will be ‘separate’ but also based in the gallery’s New York HQ), but compared to, say, Pace’s recent innovations, Gagosian seems in a groove established a decade ago, with marked resistance to live art or unusual models of showing or making. With gallery artists like Sterling Ruby diversifying into fashion, maybe he feels it isn’t his job; but one wonders what Gagosian would be up to if he felt competitive again.