Gagosian Gallery Expands to San Francisco by Adding 16th Branch

  • Art seller already operates in eight cities around the globe
  • Space across from museum to open with drawing-sculpture show

Gagosian Gallery, the art industry’s leader in commercial exhibition space, plans to open a branch in San Francisco, its 16th, as the community of collectors in the Bay Area expands.

The gallery’s opening on May 18 will closely follow the reopening of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the gallery said Thursday in a statement. Gagosian, which was founded in Los Angeles in 1980, already operates in eight cities, including New York, London, Paris, Rome and Hong Kong. 

“The Bay Area is home to some of the greatest collectors and collections of contemporary art in the world,” Larry Gagosian, the owner of the gallery, said in the statement. “With the opening of Gagosian San Francisco, we are excited to participate more fully in this informed and lively art scene with our dynamic program of exhibitions and events.”

The gallery will take over 4,500 square feet (420 square meters) in the historic Crown Point Press Building, across from the museum. Its inaugural exhibition will focus on the relationship between drawing and sculpture, with works ranging from Pablo Picasso to contemporary artist Joe Bradley. Another major international gallery, Pace, is expanding to the Bay Area as well, with a location in Palo Alto opening in April.

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