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How Gagosian Beverly Hills’ Blockbuster Basquiat Show Happened

How Gagosian Beverly Hills’ Blockbuster Basquiat Show Happened

[ad_1] On Wednesday afternoon, Larry Gagosian arrived in Los Angeles from New York and went to the Beverly Hills outpost of his global gallery empire, a ride that took slightly longer given the unrelenting rain. “Beautiful day in Los Angeles, huh?” he said, smiling, as he entered. It was 24 hours before the unveiling of a show of classic works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Gagosian entered the gallery wearing a baseball cap from the Blue Parrot, the East Hampton Tex-Mex joint he has invested in. He had last checked in with the LA team a week ago, when only two paintings had been installed, but he knew the work quite well. Gagosian personally organized the show with the curator Fred Hoffman, but he had an even deeper connection to the works. The show, “Made on Market Street,” consists entirely of art Basquiat made while in Los Angeles between 1982 and 1984. For part of that time, the late artist set up his studio at 51 Market Street in Venice Beach, inside the home of Larry …