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Gagosian is a contemporary art gallery owned and directed by Larry Gagosian. In 1980 Larry Gagosian opened a gallery in Los Angeles for modern and contemporary art. Five years later, he expanded his activities to New York, inaugurating his first Chelsea gallery with an exhibition of works from the Pop art collection of Emily and Burton Tremaine.
Nowadays, there are 16 gallery spaces across the world, exhibiting some of the most influential artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
From 1989 to 1996 Larry Gagosian owned a gallery at 65 Thompson Street in SoHo with the renowned dealer Leo Castelli, where they showed Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Bruce Nauman, and other preeminent artists of the postwar generation.
In thirty years Gagosian has evolved into a global network with sixteen exhibition spaces in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Paris, Geneva, Rome, Athens, and Hong Kong, designed by world-renowned architects including Caruso St John, Richard Gluckman, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel, Selldorf Architects, and WHY Architecture.
Gagosian's vibrant contemporary program features the work of leading international artists including Georg Baselitz, Ellen Gallagher, Andreas Gursky, Anselm Kiefer, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Taryn Simon, Rachel Whiteread, and many others. Additionally, unparalleled historical exhibitions are prepared and presented on the work of legendary artists such as Francis Bacon, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Willem de Kooning, Lucio Fontana, Helen Frankenthaler, Alberto Giacometti, Roy Lichtenstein, Piero Manzoni, Claude Monet, Henry Moore, Jackson Pollock, David Smith, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, and others.
Gagosian does all of this on an unprecedented scale, with 16 locations and around 200 employees, a publishing arm that produces 40 books a year, a quarterly magazine and an in-house newspaper-even a retail storefront that sells Warhol Campbell's Soup candles and butterfly-print deck chairs by Gagosian artist Damien Hirst.
Museum-quality historical shows have also always played a major role in the gallery, with rigorously curated exhibitions focusing on specific moments in art or thematically arranged groups of work, and featuring pieces on loan from a variety of institutions and private collections, which are very often not for sale.