I was having a conversation with an architect yesterday, and somehow the topic of Larry Gagosian’s art galleries came up, and then the architect got excited and told me about a gallery and living space that Gagosian had built in Venice (CA) some 30 years ago, “with a courtyard that had a circular hole looking up to the sky.”
With a description like that, it’s hard to ignore, so I started to look into it for my curiosity’s sake. There’s not a whole lot I could find, but did see this picture of the courtyard on the architect’s site (Studio Works, with chief architects Robert Mangurian and Craig Hodgetts). It looks spectacular, but then I saw a picture of the front of the building, below left, and it looks like it’s wedged in between some non-descript warehouses … and I was trying to reconcile how the courtyard would be situated in regards to a building like this. Enter satellite photography, which shows the aerial view, below right. Considering this building is just a few hundred yards away from Venice Beach, why would Larry ever leave?
On a little side note of name-dropping, I found out that Gagosian later sold this building to Andy Summers, guitarist from the rock band The Police.