AKA Lawrence Gilbert Gagosian
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Race or Ethnicity: White
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Art dealer, Gagosian Gallery
Art dealer, proponent of big sales for Jeff Koons, Edward Ruscha, Damien Hirst, and others. Began selling artwork in 1975. Building a franchise of galleries in the 1980s, he fostered relationships with wealthy collectors such as Eli Broad and Si Newhouse, Jr.. Gagosian brokered the second-largest art sale ever, that of Willem de Kooning's Woman III to David Geffen for $137M (2006).
Gagosian and partners were investigated by the FBI for tax evasion in their use of a shell corporation in a 1990 deal, demanding fines of $26.5M. Also investigated for the sale of paintings to ImClone CEO Sam Waksal.
University: University of California Los Angeles
William Morris Agency (1970s)
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (25-Jan-2010) · Himself
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