Art Pop: Madonna And Jean-Michel Basquiat Stayed At Larry Gagosian’s LA Home For A Few Months, Back In The Day

Originally Posted At Kelly Green Blog

Jean-Michel with then girlfriend, Madonna.

Larry with now girlfriend (and Miuccia Prada bestie), Shala Monroque.


Art collector and publisher of Interview magazine, Peter M. Brant recently talked to famed art dealer Larry Gagosian about a few things. Most of them are fun little glimpses into the art world and the people who live in it, including some of our favorite celebrities.

For instance, Larry says that Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth was his framer when he lived in L.A. I can totally see that. Kim has always been around art AND music. We also learn that Larry’s upcoming Upper East Side restaurant will have a small gallery upstairs that features the work of new artists. I love that.

Now, let’s get to the brilliant part: Larry makes no bones about the fact that he buys art for himself directly from his own shows! He feels entitled.

He tells Peter, “I will say that it sometimes causes problems because another collector will say, ‘You’re keeping the best one.’ That’s a valid criticism, but it doesn’t really bother me. I never buy more than one or two things in a year or two—and, honestly, I feel like I’m entitled. The artists usually don’t mind.”

I’m sure he gives himself a nice little discount too. I mean, is there a better way to ensure your own collection grows at the best possible price? Brilliant.

Now, onto Our Lady of the M. Larry shares something about Madonna that I never knew before (aka, a very rare piece of Madonna goss!).

Jump in for the details.

Larry tells Peter, “One day Jean-Michel said, ‘My girlfriend is coming to stay with me.’ I was a little concerned—one too many eggs can spoil an omelet, you know? So I said, ‘Well, what’s she like?’ And he said, ‘Her name is Madonna and she’s going to be huge.’ I’ll never forget that he said that. So Madonna came out and stayed for a few months, and we all got along like one big, happy family.”

Delicious. How fabulous it must’ve been to be at the house during this time. I can’t help but wonder if there were ever any 3-ways? Maybe Keith Haring came over for a fourgy? We can only hope.

[Via Art Info]

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