Larry Gagosian, the mega artwork dealer to the world’s rich elite, obtained an early PPP loan for up to $5 million.
He has 18 galleries worldwide, and normally clears round $1 billion in gross sales annually. His purchasers are a who’s who of Hollywood, the jet set and Wall Avenue elite together with Leonardo DiCaprio, David Geffen and billionaire Steve Cohen.
But on April 9, Gagosian, primarily based on Madison Avenue, obtained a $2 million to $5 million PPP (Paycheck Safety Program, designed to assist small companies) loan, by way of JP Morgan, in accordance to knowledge launched on the SBA web site. He states he has retained 203 worker jobs. He has additionally efficiently set up an internet artwork gross sales operation.
Having shuttered his galleries throughout the globe from Hong Kong to Los Angeles, Gagosian, 75, has been quarantining at his property within the Hamptons in an 11,000-square-foot Amagansett home, titled Toad Corridor, a modernist masterpiece designed by architect Charles Gwathmey. He’s stated to have a web value of $600 million.
He informed Bloomberg in Could that the gallery had furloughed part-timers and paid interns, however extra robust choices could also be made. “You need to preserve what you are promoting wholesome,” he stated. “You’re silly in case you simply fake that nothing is occurring.” He added, “Shopping for artwork just isn’t a precedence even for energetic collectors,” he stated. “They produce other issues now.”
The most important problem is getting the artwork to the shopper, Gagosian stated. “It’s very tough to even transfer a portray, to get a truck, to get somebody to do a situation report. All of the issues the artwork world takes for granted have grow to be very problematic.” Nevertheless, on-line gross sales have been brisk.
Gagosian represents stars corresponding to Urs Fischer, Takashi Murakami, Damien Hirst, Richard Prince and Jeff Koons and handles works from late artists together with Basquiat, Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning and Cy Twombly. His purchasers embrace billionaires Steve Cohen, Leonard Lauder, Leon Black, Steve Schwarzman, DiCaprio and Geffen, who calls him “crucial dealer on this planet.” Gagosian’s artwork exhibits and personal dinners are all the time starry occasions.
A Gagosian rep had no remark.