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Larry Gagosian finally takes Paris

Today, a day before FIAC art fair starts, Larry Gagosian opened the Gagosian Gallery

It’s also an event, because it’s a good sign for the Paris art scene: Larry Gagosian finally takes Paris. Strangely Paris was at the very end of his list. After LA where he started 30 years ago, after New York and London with several galleries, after Rome and Athens he finally landed in Paris. This one is his eighth gallery already. When you ask why he came that late, he pretexts something. Mark Francis, curator and close stuff member of the Gagosian network, just says: “We didn’t find the appropriated space before.”

A stone’s throw away from the Elysée Palace

What they now found looks pretty perfect: a Gallery? Well, with 900 square meters it looks more like a small museum and resemble to Larry’s favourite space in New York, the gallery on Madison Avenue. It’s on rue Ponthieu, parallel to the Champs-Elysées. Christie’s is his left hand neighbour and it’s just a stone’s throw away from the Elysée Palace. Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla could theoretically walk there to admire the paintings of American artist Cy Twombly with whom Larry traditionally inaugurates his galleries.

Twombly is one of his big artists. But there are others too: Alberto Giacometti, Andy Warhol, Picasso, you name it. His list is embarrassing for every living gallerist and looks more like the inventory of world class museum.

From sheer stimulation to real business

By the way, there are no price lists at Gagosian Gallery. Asked how much one painting of Twombly’s Camino Real group will cost and Francis just smiles and says: “We never do this, we never talk about money.” Publicly, I guess.

“Larry Gagosian is attacking Paris”, headlined yesterday the Figaro newspaper. Gagosian himself keeps very cool: “After years of visiting Paris for the sheer stimulation and enjoyment that this most beautiful and vibrant cities offers, I began to establish many points of professional interest, from the giants of twentieth-century art and design to the latest developments in French contemporary art.” Sounds a bit as if he would heave learned this by heart.

On Monday evening Larry invited his clients to a private dinner. Guess where? In the Musée Rodin. France richest collectors showed up. And artists like Anselm Kiefer and Glenn Brown. Doe’s this look like an attack? Not really. More like a charm offensive. Paris will love him. And he will love Paris.

Gagosian Gallery
4, rue de Ponthieu
75008 Paris
+33 (0)1 75 00 05 92
Open from Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 19 h

Larry Gagosian