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Gagosian doubling space in Los Angeles

New York’s Chelsea galleries also expanding

Galleries hit by the recession may be closing in New York and London, but Larry Gagosian is undertaking an ambitious expansion of his space in Beverly Hills. In addition to his gallery in Los Angeles, Gagosian oversees three spaces in New York, two in London and one in Rome, and also organises temporary shows in Moscow. Now he has asked architect Richard Meier to double the size of the Beverly Hills gallery to 11,600 sq. ft. The New York-based architect designed the original Gagosian gallery in Los Angeles in 1994-95 by converting an existing storefront. The newly expanded gallery will open next year. Gagosian declined to comment.

Meanwhile in New York, Steven Kasher Gallery is moving to a bigger space—a one-time Gagosian gallery in Chelsea. “I could not resist the opportunity to move into Gagosian’s old space,” says Steven Kasher. The photography dealer’s relocation into a ground floor space this month close to doubles his square footage on West 23rd Street. Growing sales is the motivation. “I’ve had to work twice as hard and I’ve picked up over a dozen new clients,” he says.

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