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The Gagosian Gallery is a contemporary art gallery owned by Larry Gagosian with seven locations. Four are in the United States (three in New York, and one in Beverly Hills), two are in London, and one is in Rome, Italy.

Exhibited artists include Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Frank Stella, Rachel Whiteread, Jake and Dinos Chapman, John Currin, Jasper Johns, Gilbert and George and Nan Goldin.

In 1996, No Sense of Absolute Corruption, was Hirst's first solo show in the gallery.

In September 2000, in New York, Gagosian held the Hirst show, Damien Hirst: Models, Methods, Approaches, Assumptions, Results and Findings. 100,000 people visited the show in 12 weeks and all the work was sold. It was the subject of a Channel 4 TV documentary in the UK.

In 2003, the US government took out a lawsuit against Gagosian and three others for $26.5 million in taxes.

Art critic Jed Perl, writing in the New Republic (2.5.07) reflected on the increasing corruption of taste evidenced by galleries like Gagosian in an essay titled: "What money is doing to art, or how the art world lost its mind: Laissez-Faire Aesthetics." Perl observed that: "The big galleries don't do shows anymore, they do coronations and requiems. Larry Gagosian has perfected this style. His exhibition spaces are so extraordinarily scaled that on the rare occasions when the art is really good, as was the case with the David Smith show Personnage last spring, the grandiosity can feel genuine. But when the coronation is for John Currin, the corruption is almost unbearable."

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