Gagosian gallery is a contemporary art gallery founded by Larry Gagosian in 1979. This Los Angeles based gallery has spread across the globe with 11 locations from New York to Hong Kong. Gagosian continues to expand his empire beyond the permanent locations with high-end temporary exhibitions in locations such as Moscow, a venue which featured works by Damien Hirst, Pablo Picasso and Jeff Koons in 2007. Gagosian has acquired revenues of $925,000,000 in 2011.
Although Larry Gagosian may be #1 in the art dealing business currently, David Zwirner continues to climb closer to the top. His galleries, David Zwirner Gallery, in three locations feature some of the world’s largest art icons, with examples such as Donald Judd and Dan Flavin.
Pace Gallery, owned and directed by Arne Glimcher, is another gallery empire, with five locations in New York City and recently spreading to Beijing and London in 2010. Among the large group of extremely reputable artists, there is Paul Graham, Chuck Close, and Zhang Xiaogang.
Hauser & Wirth
The Swiss-based gallery, Hauser & Wirth opened their initial location Zurich in 1992. Since then, Iwan Wirth, Manuela Wirth and Ursula Hauser, the three founders, have implemented permanent galleries and temporary project spaces across Zurich, London and New York. The first London location opened in 2003 featuring the famed American artist, Paul McCarthy, one of the many well-known artists still featured at Hauser & Wirth today. Next to McCarthy Hauser & Wirth represents several famous conceptual artists like Dan Graham or Rashid Johnson.
Marian Goodman has not allowed her small stature to hold her back from achieving greatness in the art dealer world. This Upper West Side native opened her first gallery in her home city in 1977 followed by a second exhibition space in Paris in 1995. The contemporary art gallery owner is famous for her significant works, as well as being Gerard Richter’s primary gallery representative. The Marian Goodman Gallery also represents famous contemporary artists such as Jeff Wall, William Kentridge or Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Matthew Marks Gallery
Matthew Marks began his art dealing work in 1991, with the opening of his first Matthew Marks Gallery on Madison Avenue, NYC. The original gallery was strictly drawings-only, but over the last 22 years, he has opened five more locations in New York and Los Angeles which feature art work of all media.
Dominique Lévy Gallery
In 2013 Dominique Lévy and Robert Mnuchin have decided to close the renowned L&M Gallery and open their own individual galleries. Since then Dominique Levy Gallery is situated at the Upper East Side in New York. The gallery represents prestigious artists such as Damien Hirst, Günther Uecker or Jenny Holzer.
Contemporary Fine Arts
One of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries, Contemporary Fine Arts, was established in 1992 by Bruno Brunnet, Nicole Hackert and Philipp Haverkampf in Berlin. The gallery moved from Charlottenburg to the more central Berlin location of Mitte, closer to the city’s most prominent museums. Featured artists include Cecily Brown, Daniel Richter and Georg Baselitz.
Gladstone Gallery, owned by Barbara Gladstone has two locations, the original moved from the Soho to the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, and the second gallery in Brussels, Belgium. Since the first gallery’s opening in 1980, Gladstone’s gallery has featured on some of the greatest contemporary artists including Anish Kapoor, Shirin Neshat and Matthew Barney, who had his first New York exhibit at her gallery.
Marlborough Fine Art
In 1946 Frank Lloyd and Harry Fischer opened their first location of Marlborough Fine Art in London, England. Fast-forward nearly seven decades, and the galleries have spread to Madrid, Monaco, Santiago, Barcelona, and two in New York City. The gallery, which originally featured famous French Impressionist painters such as Mary Cassatt, Camille Pissarro and Claude Monet, has opened up to many different art forms and styles, including being a key exhibitor of contemporary Chinese art since the early 1990s.