One of London's hottest contemporary art galleries, visitors flock to this vast space, part of US super-dealer Larry Gagosian's ever-expanding empire. Located off the usual gallery circuit in King's Cross, it attracts a select crowd of art buffs, students and the odd scenester. The layout is very visitor-friendly with one main room and two smaller ones. Despite its small size Gagosian has hosted shows by seriously big names such as Howard Hodgkin and Francesco Clemente, plus a second tier of fashionable US and European artists including Carsten Höller and Cecily Brown. There's another branch at 17-19 Davies Street, Mayfair, W1K 3DE (7493 3020).
Gagosian Britannia St
|Venue name:||Gagosian Britannia St||Contact:|
6-24 Britannia St
|Opening hours:||Tue-Sat 10am-6pm|
|Transport:||Tube: King's Cross|
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I'm not one of the folk who make enough to purchase something from the Gagosian Galleries, but I appreciate the access to some amazing art Gagosian and his team bring to average folk like me. Yes the staff can be reserved or snooty but that's the case in most galleries. And yes security hovered (in some galleries more than others) as I leant super close to the works but no one said anything. It's a public gallery and any crazy can walk in and in 5 seconds damage an iconic (or expensive!) work of art.
Its worth it just to see the security guys ... ive never seen so 'attentive' security ever ... you get the impression their waiting to pounce on you. its not as if the art is actually worth stealing! :)
The art was intriguing and fun. I liked what I did see. Is Gagosian Gallery publicly funded? I know not!!! But one medium sized room with 5 security guards wandering around watching your every move...unnerving and un-necessary...uncomfortable... ...followed by a rather snobby and aloof atmosphere projected by the staff who work there. ...you cant take photos and there is no souvenier shop for a postcard or picture...!!!!!!