With Friends like These, Small Wonder Gagosian May be Hurting

Lawyer Arrested

Marc Dreier: $10 Million Gagosian Client; Image via AP

One reason Larry Gagosian may be hurting, beyond being out the $3 million in gold that he purchased for his postponed Chris Burden exhibit (read this week’s New Yorker account here) due to a court order involving alleged fraudster Allen Stanford, is that some of his associates and big spenders are turning out to be crooks. He’s lost at least this prince of a buyer. According to an article in today’s Globe & Mail, which details the clients (Bill Cosby, Tim Burton, Justin Timberlake, and 50 Cent among them) of the indicted Marc Dreier, the one-time legal honcho spent $10 million of his firm’s money at the Gagosian Gallery last year. (You can read Artnet’s report about Dreier’s art collection here.)

Meanwhile, last week brought the news that one of Gagosian’s (and the art world’s) favorite clients, hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen, will exhibit women-centric works from his collection at Sotheby’s. Unless Cohen is angling to become Sotheby’s Francois Pinault (owner of Christie’s, not to mention Salma Hayek’s father-in-law), the exhibition raises a ton of questions, prime among them: huh?

UPDATE: I’m not the only one to speculate that Cohen’s next acquisition might by Sotheby’s. See reports from the New York Post, the New York Times, and the Daily Telegraph.

UPDATE II: Awesome review of the Cohen/Sotheby’s/Women exhibition by Artnet’s Walter Robinson here. The last paragraph is gorgeous.

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  1. do your posts about gagosian also appear in the gagosianator? or is that too meta?

  2. kellydevinethomas

     /  March 18, 2009

    actually, they appear in its less-wealthy cousin the gagosianblogonator (so do yours)



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    Ooi Botos Gallery is pleased to announce Reading Through Seeing, an exhibition by contemporary artist José Parlá, on view 14 May through 11 July 2009. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong and will showcase new paintings, works on paper, photographs and ceramic works. The exhibition will take place during Art HK 09 and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by scholars Alexandra Chang of New York University — Asia Pacific Center and critical theorist and art historian Michael Betancourt.

    José Parlá’s new works are inspired by his recent travels in France, Japan and the United Kingdom. Parlá’s unique and playful inscriptions and diary-like gestures with his trademark hand–writing recall his personal observations of how the idiosyncratic behavior of anonymous individuals on those distant streets distinctly impact each geographical environment.

    The complexity of José Parlá’s mixed media paintings is based on the layering of images and paraphernalia collected from his daily encounters at home and his adventures abroad, interpreted through his dynamic gestural process. Interleaved through each work is Parlá’s calligraphic script, which infuses each piece with vibrancy, energy and meaning.

    Memories, thoughts, ideas, quotes, phrases, conversations and observations scrawled in Parlá’s instantly recognizable, flowing script reflect his characteristic fusion of writing and painting, word and image. His brushwork depicts walls in the city, or in rural areas outside of urban centers, while his mélange of imagery and words hint at stories within stories, an evocation of the places that have deeply affected him.

    The story-telling nature of José Parlá’s work is mesmerizing. At first glance, his paintings are reminiscent of an abandoned street alley, but as one’s eyes linger, one realizes the density and complexity of overflowing imagery. Parlá’s innate gift of capturing both the chaos and the tranquility of the city has moved countless viewers.

    About José Parlá

    José Parlá is a New-York based artist whose paintings reflect the way in which cities function as palimpsests. Born in Miami, Parlá traveled in the Caribbean, South America, Asia and Europe in the 1990s before settling permanently in New York. His work has been collected and exhibited by Agnes B. Galerie Du Jour in Paris and Takashi Murakami’s Kai Kai Ki Ki gallery in Tokyo. Major recent exhibitions include, The New Grand Tour showing in Hong Kong and Beijing (2007-08), Adaptation / Translation at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms in London (2008), and Layered Days with Cristina Grajales’ Soho gallery in New York City (2008).

    About Ooi Botos Gallery

    Ooi Botos is Hong Kong’s leading avant-garde gallery specializing in photography, digital media, video and installation. In fact, the José Parlá exhibition marks a departure from Ooi Botos’ customary program, with Parlá being the only painter represented by the gallery. Ooi Botos is dedicated to exposing the public to art forms rarely seen in Hong Kong to raise the level of discourse about art in Asia.

    Ooi Botos is located at 5 Gresson Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong.
    Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 11.30 A.M. – 3 P.M. and 6 P.M. – 8 P.M., Saturday 11 A.M. – 6 P.M. Tel. +852 2527 9733



  4. Molly

     /  December 12, 2010

    Wow! I think we should let him have the gold just to see what he can do with that much… He had to have amazing things in mind for a display!

    Phoenix Art Gallery

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