Established gallerist with 16 venues worldwide putting on museum-quality exhibitions
Gagosian, responsible for $1b in art sales annually, has 16 spaces around the world. He is something close to omnipresent, and this is the attraction for the artists and estates he looks after, from Ed Ruscha to Jeff Koons and Zeng Fanzhi. Joining their ranks this year was minimalist painter Brice Marden, who jumped ship from Matthew Marks (Gagosian debuted Marden in October at one of his two London spaces) and Beijing-based painter Jia Aili. If he doesn’t have a gallery in town, Gagosian is gung-ho on taking a fair booth, turning up at the smaller, regional fairs, including Dallas and Chicago, both for the first time. Exhibition highlights across all those gallery spaces include (beyond, you know, solos for Cy Twombly, Ruscha, Helen Frankenthaler) Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors in London, curated by the artist’s biographer John Richardson, Picasso’s Picassos, a New York survey of Maya Ruiz-Picasso’s private collection, and an exhibition of Chinese antiquities on Madison Avenue.