Echt Art Dealer Larry Gagosian has kept the art press busy this Summer with news of his plans to expand while the industry and economy are weak. Today, Kelly Crow follows up on Lindsay Pollack’s report of Gagosian’s plan to open in Greece (did you follow that?)
Gagosian Gallery will open a roughly 960-square-foot space near Syntagma Square in central Athens on Sept. 25. The gallery, which opened in 1979, has eight other locations in New York, London, Rome, Hong Kong, and Beverly Hills, Calif. […] Athens, on the other hand, is enjoying a new cultural currency, thanks to last month’s opening of the Acropolis Museum. In June, major collector Dakis Joannou opened a branch of his private art museum, Deste Foundation, on the nearby island of Hydra.
Adding to the excitement, Pollack speculates today that pre-eminent dealer is looking for beach heads in the Francophone world with potential outposts in Paris and Geneva.
Larry Gagosian has begun plotting to open a Paris and possibly a Geneva branch, say dealer sources. […] Instead of conserving cash, the ambitious risk-taking Gagosian is wasting no time capitalizing on a moment when dealers appear to have some advantage over the auction houses.
Gagosian Goes Greek (Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal)
Bonjour Gagosian (LindsayPollock.com)