The Gagosian empire is growing as Larry launches his twelfth gallery in a warehouse just north of Paris (his second space in the city). The number of Gagosian galleries was widely discussed during this year’s Hirst Spot Challenge, which awarded a print to those who visited each of the eleven galleries showing Damien Hirst Spot paintings. What’s the next collect-them-all contest? Visit the twelve shows of The Passion of Picasso and win a date with an illegitimate child of Picasso? It’s certainly not “Always Low Prices,” but at this pace, Gagosian may just “put the art in Walmart” and be in every city in the world in twenty years.
As Carol Vogel of the New York Times reports:
The gallery will be in a converted 1950s factory and comprise about 17,760 square feet on two levels, with a mezzanine of about 3,660 square feet overlooking the main space. The French architect Jean Nouvel is designing it. “I was interested in getting a bigger space for larger pieces,” Mr. Gagosian said. “All the artists I talked to are very enthusiastic about it. It’s only about 20 minutes from the heart of the city, about the same time it takes to get from the Upper East Side to Chelsea.” The inaugural show, to open in the fall, will be an exhibition of new paintings and at least one major sculpture by Anselm Kiefer.