Enter through the gift shop at Gagosian on New York’s Upper East Side.
When you can buy virtually anything online – socks, T-shirts, designer handbags – visiting a brick-and-mortar store has to be an exciting, museum-like experience. Gagosian on Madison Avenue, a retail sibling of eight Gagosian galleries around the world, is not a fashion store but is certainly a fashionable shopping destination.
In the main parlor of the store there are skateboards covered in Andy Warhol art ($80), T-shirts for sale from Polish artist Piotr Uklanski ($60) and a canvas Murakami tote ($20).
In the backroom among signed copies of artist books, photographic prints – all nudes – are on the walls. There’s a print of a topless girl in the woods from fashion darling Ryan McGinley ($3000), a nude woman on an American flag bedspread from Terry Richardson ($3000) and a black-and-white snap of two semi-naked women in a bath from Purple Diary’s Olivier Zahm ($750).
In a galley that leads to the basement, both sides of the walls are lined with pop culture and fashion magazines. Tabloid favorite Star magazine is nestled next to imports Dazed and Confused, Lula, wallpaper* and POP magazines.
The downstairs space is a shrine to Damien Hirst and his publishing venture Other Criteria. The walls are pasted with Hirst wallpaper ($300 a roll), a glossy patina of gerberas and cigarette butts, as well as affordable Hirst prints (starting at $60 for an unsigned poster of his Gagosian show, “End Of An Era”) and more art books from Other Criteria.
The store is no longer the stark museum space it was when it opened nearly a year ago. The Gagosian is now a true curiosity shop.
All images courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, New York. Photography by Robert McKeever ©