Inside The VIP Opening of Gagosian Gallery San Francisco

Anna Gavazzi Asseily, Komal Shah

San Francisco now joins an elite group of international cities — London, Paris, Rome, Geneva, Athens, Hong Kong, New York and Beverly Hills — in becoming the 16th outpost for the Gagosian Gallery, which opened May 18th with a party attended by some of the Bay Area’s leading art collectors.

Larry Gagosian and Ed Ruscha
Larry Gagosian and Ed Ruscha. Photo: Drew Altizer

Founded over three decades ago by Larry Gagosian, the world’s most powerful art dealer, the opening of a San Francisco location shows how the Bay Area has finally become an important city in the international art world. It doesn’t hurt that the largest contemporary and modern art museum in the United States is directly across the street.

Instagram Co-Founder Mike Krieger and wife Kaitlyn Krieger
Instagram Co-Founder Mike Krieger and wife Kaitlyn Krieger. Photo: Drew Altizer

Larry Gagosian, with gallery director Anna Gavazzi Asseily, welcomed artists such as Ed Ruscha, Joe Bradley, Piero Golia, Alex Israel, Sterling Ruby, Jonas Wood, and guests including collectors Jan Koum, Wendi Murdoch, Vivek Ranadivé, Lisa Pritzker, Matt Paige and Katie Schwab Paige, Mike and Kaitlyn Krieger, Sako and Bill Fisher, and Randi and Bob Fisher, among others.

Alicia Engstrom, Roelof Botha, Anna Gavazzi Asseily
Alicia Engstrom, Roelof Botha, Anna Gavazzi Asseily

Guests were able to view the gallery’s first exhibit, “Plane.Site,” curated by Sam Orlofsky, which juxtaposes important three-dimensional pieces with the artists’ drawings related to the work. You will see, for instance Pablo Picasso’s bronze “Tete de femme,” of 1951, next to his “Portrait de Sylvette,” drawn with pencil on notebook paper, or Cy Twombly’s never before seen “Untitled, Lexington” (2009) made of wood, cardboard, and plastic strings, shown with a composition on handmade paper.

See inside the VIP party below!

Wendi Murdoch
Wendi Murdoch
Sako Fisher
Sako Fisher
Jim Coulter, John Berggruen, Amanda Stoffel
Jim Coulter, John Berggruen, Amanda Stoffel
Katie Paige
Katie Paige

Randi Fisher, Lisa Pritzker
Randi Fisher, Lisa Pritzker
Kate Arzamastseva
Kate Arzamastseva
Jessica Yen
Jessica Yen
Anna Gavazzi Asseily, Komal Shah
Anna Gavazzi Asseily, Komal Shah
Jay Xu, Eliza Cash, Kulapat Yantrasast
Jay Xu, Eliza Cash, Kulapat Yantrasast
Paul Deneve, Anne-Sophie Deneve
Paul Deneve, Anne-Sophie Deneve
Stephanie Marver, Jim Marver
Stephanie Marver, Jim Marver
Susan Dunlevy, Lindsay Bolton
Susan Dunlevy, Lindsay Bolton
Jonathan Gans, Abigail Turin
Jonathan Gans, Abigail Turin
Carolyn Chang
Carolyn Chang
Anne Vyalitsyna
Anne Vyalitsyna
Sonia Yu, Zack Lara, Jessica Silverman
Sonia Yu, Zack Lara, Jessica Silverman
Sabrina Buell, Yves Behar
Sabrina Buell, Yves Behar
Victoria Yeager, Alexander Getty
Victoria Yeager, Alexander Getty
Glara Ahn, Matt Huang
Glara Ahn, Matt Huang
Norman Stone, Norah Stone
Norman Stone, Norah Stone
Allison Speer, Brad Murray
Allison Speer, Brad Murray
Maria Bell, Bill Bell
Maria Bell, Bill Bell
Xin Li, Wendi Murdoch
Xin Li, Wendi Murdoch
Meredith Darrow, Charlie Spalding
Meredith Darrow, Charlie Spalding

Photos: Drew Altizer Photography