Paradigmatic New York-based art dealer Larry Gagosian is expanding his empire once again, this time to Hong Kong. The art dealer, who has been on something of a building spree lately, is also at work on a new gallery in Paris.
Officials at the gallery say that they have begun actively looking for a gallery space in Hong Kong, where Gagosian currently only maintains an office (from which he deals some art), according to Georgina Adam of the Financial Times. There is no word on whether the dealer plans to close that space when the new gallery opens.
When the new outposts in Paris and Hong Kong are completed, Gagosian’s vast holdings will include ten gallery spaces, two private offices, and the Madison Avenue Gagosian bookstore, which sells everything from cheap artist monographs to Marc Newson bookshelves that can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Gagosian has worked intensely to increase the reach of his enterprise in recent years. Last year he opened a gallery in Athens, and in 2007 he opened a space in Rome. He also maintains three galleries in New York, two in London, and one in Beverly Hills, which architect Richard Meier recently renovated and expanded.
As for Moscow and Geneva — two other cities that art-world denizens have whispered as the sites of future Gagosian branches — the gallery is keeping quiet.