It is said that Larry Gagosian, the famed art dealer who owns the chain of Gagosian art galleries, doesn't give a lot of interviews. However, he did talk with Bidoun magazine. The interview was conducted by Negar Azimi on Election Day this past year in New York. One of the highlights of the article is his commentary on his decision to join the board at Jazz at Lincoln Center: "Good jazz has been a big part of my life, as far as my interest in music, and… It’s kind of weird now with music, the way technology is, with downloading and iPods and electronic distribution and it’s kind of—you miss something, I think."
He also talks about his bad memory, selling signs on the street, and one of the first pieces of art he ever bought. It was a drawing of the sea by Vija Celmins. He said, "I remember it was eleven hundred dollars, and it’s always out on loan…I knew when I bought it that I’d made a good buy, even though it was not cheap and Barry Lowen [the collector who sold it] got the proper price. I knew it would be worth a lot more."
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