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One of the big pluses at last Friday night’s Mark Grotjahn opening was the artist being present in the gallery. According to the gallery, he had flown in specifically to install the works, and be there to introduce the works on opening evening. Mark Grotjahn is about as hot as it gets right now, and this, his second major exhibition in London, appears to be flying with a gallery spokesman being “very very pleased indeed with the response.” 

As a brief insight into the Mark Grotjahn ‘Pink Cosco’ Gagosian Gallery opening evening, the only experience that comes close, and which Alex and I can liken it to, is that it matched the United States treasury bill auctions when Solomon Brothers almost cornered the market many years ago.

To simplify this metaphor, there are 40 or 50 potential clients and big hitters standing around the art, moving around the art, inspecting the art, moving away from the art - just like a trading pit - and then, boom, someone steps in and buys a piece, and then someone else steps in buys a piece, and someone else, and so on. The domino effect ensues.

So the opening atmosphere on Friday evening seemed to be geared towards who is going to make a move, and when, which in short, almost makes Larry Gagosian a hedge funder, diving into art as a commodity; he’s a market maker, of that there is no doubt, but having that foresight to pick up on what is hot right now, is what keeps Gagosian Gallery at the top of their game.

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Mark Grotjahn: was born in 1968 in Pasadena, CA. He received an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Grotjahn's work is included in museum collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Broad Art Museum, Santa Monica; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; François Pinault Collection, Venice; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Tate Modern, London; De La Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami; Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Solo exhibitions include: “Mark Grotjahn: Drawings,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2005); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2006); Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland (2007); Portland Art Museum, Oregon (2010); Aspen Museum of Art, Colorado (2012); “Mark Grotjahn: Sculpture,” Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2014); and “Circus, Circus,” Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany (2014). Major group exhibitions include Whitney Biennial 2006: “Day for Night,” New York; and the 54th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2004).

Pink Cosco runs through to September 17, 2016.

Gagosian Gallery, 20 Grosvenor Hill, London W1K 3QD

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Elliot Lee

Elliot Lee

Elliot Lee founded his antique business in 1994. Having bought his first Antique piece at the tender age of eleven, it has since then been his passion for Antiques, Fine Art, and aesthetically beautif...