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Parsing Gagosian: The Six Best Quotes From NYMag's Epic Profile of the Art World's Richest Dealer

01/22/2013 04:50 pm ET | Updated Mar 24, 2013

Larry Gagosian's power might be waning (maybe), but the mystery surrounding the infamously press-shy dealer is as appealing as ever -- particularly as he fights numerous of legal battles and faces almost a full stable of defecting artists. Eric Konigsburg published a lengthy, in-depth look into the life and career of the art world's most dominant dealer in New York Magazine this weekend, which will appear in the January 28 print issue.

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While much of the information about Gago's career and recent trials has been published before (including a number of articles on ARTINFO), the piece has a number of choice quotes from a variety of collectors, dealers, auction house personnel, and friends of Gagosian -- adding depth, and some intrigue, to the complex world of the contemporary art market. Without further ado, ARTINFO presents the six best quotes of the profile:

"I hate that Basquiat, you?" -- Mugrabi to Gagosian, discussing joint purchases at a Sotheby's auction

"But it's insane that the market has gone down and I have to pay the same price because there is some stubborn guy? ... That's surrealist. He's a surrealist." -- Also Mugrabi

"I have no intention of leaving Larry," he says, and adds that the art-world preoccupation of talking about which artist shows with which gallery turns artists into "horses in their stalls." -- artist Richard Serra, after noting he will be showing with David Zwirner soon, along with Jeff Koons

"I do remember Henry [Geldzahler] saying, 'You must eventually give this to a museum,' but I sold it around 1984. I remember seeing it in the Sotheby's catalogue a few years ago, and it bothers me that it's not mine anymore, so I didn't really want to know what happened to it." -- Diamond dealer John Reinhold, on a Warhol he once sold

"Larry and Richard Prince exploited the crap out of Richard's market for several years, and it began to backfire" -- an anonymous auction-house executive

"Damien told me, 'I want to slow down, and therefore there's no point in staying with Gagosian.'" -- James Kelly, Damien Hirst's business manager, on Hirst leaving the gallery, apparently on good terms with the dealer

-Author, Shane Ferro BLOUIN ARTINFO

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