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Gagosian Shutters New York Retail Shop

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Having recently dropped the “Gallery” from its name, Gagosian has also decided to jettison its Manhattan retail shop (foiling our plan to stop in and purchase the debut issue of Garage magazine that had been featured prominently in the window in recent weeks). The Gagosian Store opened in October 2009 on the ground level of 988 Madison Avenue, just downstairs from the global art juggernaut’s Upper East Side outpost. Designed by Daniel Rowen Architects and MN Design in collaboration with Gagosian, the 2,500-square-foot space was stocked with a constantly changing assortment of colorful wares, from Cy Twombly posters and handpainted Cynthia Rowley frocks to Jeff Koons puppy planters and a marble credenza by Marc Newson (pictured). Those still craving a Damien Hirst butterfly t-shirt or that gorgeous Cecily Brown monograph from a few years back can order some items directly from Gagosian’s online shop, and according to the New York Post, store inventory will make its way to the website. While the shop’s closing removes a jolt of color from a staid block of Madison Avenue, we look to the advice of one Scott M. The Dallas-based Yelp reviewer was not impressed with the Gagosian Store but ended his review with a suggestion: “Just head down the block to the main gallery, check out the exhibits, grab a knish afterward, and call it a day.”

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