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October 13, 2010 1:20 am
Gagosian Gallery, 4 rue de Ponthieu, 75008 Paris
The inexorable rise of Gagosian continues. Since founding his first eponymous gallery in Beverly Hills in 1979, the high-profile art dealer Larry Gagosian has developed a daring and influential chain of galleries. An early focus on American artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, has expanded to encompass a wide range of international artists. When Gagosian Paris opens on October 20, the network of galleries throughout Europe and the US will total nine. This latest gallery space is located in a refurbished hôtel particulier in the eighth arrondissement, between Avenue Matignon and the Champs Elysées, and the project itself was a collaboration between French architect Jean-François Bodin and the UK-based firm Caruso St John. Gagosian Paris opens with an exhibition of new paintings by Cy Twombly and architectural works by Jean Prouvé.
L&M Arts, 660 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
Robert Mnuchin’s gallery – initially known as L&C Arts (in partnership with James Corcoran) and latterly L&M Arts (in partnership with Dominique Lévy) – is a leading player on the modern and contemporary art scene. Since it was founded in 1993 the company has presented work by leading 20th-century artists including Pablo Picasso, Yves Klein, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko within an elegant Upper East Side townhouse in New York. In late September, however, L&M Arts opened a new gallery on Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles. Here the focus is on contemporary artists and the building is suitably innovative: a 1929 brick southern California Edison power station has been refurbished and expanded by Thai-born, LA-based architect Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture. L&M Arts LA opened with a show of new work by Paul McCarthy.
Sperone Westwater Gallery, 257 Bowery, New York
Last month’s opening of the new Sperone Westwater Gallery was not simply an exciting moment for contemporary art, but architecture too. Founded in the mid-1970s by Gian Enzo Sperone, Angela Westwater and Konrad Fischer, the Sperone gallery was most recently based in the Meatpacking district but is now located on the Bowery. A limited footprint space of 25ft x 100ft has been made into a virtue by British architect Norman Foster and his firm Foster + Partners: a large moving gallery, a sort of slow-motion elevator, transports visitors between the high-rise gallery halls and provides a talking point for onlookers outside. Sperone Westwater Gallery’s inaugural exhibition on this new site showcases work by Argentinean artist Guillermo Kuitca.
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