Caruso St John has designed many projects for the New York-based commercial gallery Gagosian, which represents some of the world’s most famous living artists. Beginning with Gagosian’s first London gallery at Heddon St, opened in 2000, the practice designed four galleries in London, as well as galleries in Rome, Paris, and Hong Kong. In London, Gagosian Britannia St in King’s Cross opened in 2004, and the Grosvenor Hill gallery in Mayfair opened in 2015.
Caruso St John has been working with the same directors at Gagosian for over twenty years, and has a close understanding of the quality of art space that the gallery requires for its artists, whose work is often on a very large scale. This is reflected in a consistency across all Gagosian projects, like a brand. The scale and especially the height of the galleries is very large, and the levels of lighting – both natural and artificial – are high and consistent. The details and finishes have a grandness and visual restraint that matches the scale. The complex requirements for environmental servicing and lighting are highly controlled in appearance. Special attention is given to the floor that, on close inspection, can be seen never to conform to the industry standard common to most commercial galleries. The scale and lack of detail allows even the largest works of art to be seen in a calm atmosphere.
Gagosian's London shop opens 16th May. Designed by Caruso St John, the space in Mayfair's Burlington Arcade offers Gagosian publications, rare books, limited edition prints, exhibition posters and artist-designed objects. An exhibition space on the first floor will present a rotation of small exhibitions, artist takeovers and special collaborations.
London, United Kingdom
The new Gagosian Gallery in Mayfair opens to the public today. The gallery opens with an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Cy Twombly.
Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong, China
The Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong opens on the 18th January with Forgotten Promises, an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Damien Hirst.