Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami,New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. On our Haute 100 New York list is art dealer Larry Gagosian, who transformed the contemporary art world with his galleries.
Company: Gagosian Galleries
What Made Him Haute: Larry Gagosian is a powerful figure in the contemporary arts scene, as he reps Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Richard Serra, among others. The American art dealer, who started his business selling posters near the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, now owns the Gagosian Gallery chain, with locations in New York City, London, Los Angeles, Rome and Athens
What makes him Haute: Within the past year, Larry Gagosian has been dubbed most powerful in the art world by ArtReview magazine and has been awarded France’s highest civil honor, the “Legion of Honour.” It’s not so far-fetched, then, that he has opened his newest gallery in Paris, declaring that the city of lights is “reclaiming its position within the international art circuit.”
France, itself, has not had such a bad year when it comes to art. Although it is no longer the “heart of the art world” like it was during the early 20th century, it’s catching up with several events: The Palace of Versailles and the Louvre recently hosted a couple projects, including the controversial installations by contemporary artist Takashi Murakami and a painted ceiling by Twombly, respectively; and FIAC, a contemporary art fair, has become one of the top events in the European art calendar.