Larry Gagosian first opened a gallery in Los Angeles for modern and contemporary art in 1980. In thirty years Gagosian has evolved into a global network with seventeen exhibition spaces in the United States, Europe, and Asia, designed by world-renowned architects including Caruso St John, Richard Gluckman, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel, Selldorf Architects, and wHY Architecture. Its vibrant contemporary program features the work of leading international artists including Georg Baselitz, Ellen Gallagher, Andreas Gursky, Katharina Grosse, Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer, Jeff Koons, Brice Marden, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, Richard Serra, Taryn Simon, Rachel Whiteread, and many others.
Additionally, unparalleled historical exhibitions are prepared and presented on the work of legendary artists such as Francis Bacon, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Willem de Kooning, Lucio Fontana, Helen Frankenthaler, Alberto Giacometti, Roy Lichtenstein, Piero Manzoni, Claude Monet, Henry Moore, Jackson Pollock, David Smith, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, and others. A series of groundbreaking Picasso surveys curated by Sir John Richardson was attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors in New York and London.
The gallery publishes scholarly exhibition catalogues and artist monographs, as well as catalogues raisonnés. Since 2012, an innovative and engaging magazine on the gallery’s art and artists has been published four times per year.
Gagosian is a benefactor of museums and arts organizations worldwide, and has provided instrumental support to many institutional exhibitions and artist projects, including the magnificent Ceiling by Cy Twombly in the Salle des Bronzes at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, a permanent commission that was unveiled to the public in 2010.
In 2006, he received the Peabody Award as a producer of American Masters: Andy Warhol, A Documentary Film. In recognition of his longstanding commitment to the arts, in 2010 he was awarded the Rome Prize for Visual Arts by the American Academy in Rome. The French government presented him with the insignia of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, also in 2010, and appointed him to l’Ordre national du Mérite in 2015. In 2018, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Gagosian is also on the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.