Masa Takayama and Larry Gagosian at Kappo Masa. (Photo courtesy Patrick McMullan)

Art World Abstracts: Larry Gagosian’s Kappo Masa Is a Hit Despite Itself, and More!

Vera Wang, Derek Blasberg, George Clooney, Robin Wright, Martha Stewart, Karlie Kloss, Naomi Campbell, Lauren Santo Domingo, Irina Shayk, Jason Schwartzman—they have all become regulars at Kappo Masa, the sushi joint Larry Gagosian installed in the basement of 980 Madison, the building that acts as the mothership to his international fleet of galleries. We’ve told you about the hilariously small $240 bite of raw fish and rice they serve there, but the rich and famous and gorgeous don’t seem to care about wasting what could be donations to the needy on spicy tuna rolls. And it’s not like the food is even good—there’s been a spate of bad reviews. That should keep the masses away, right! Not quite. It’s not like people go to restaurants for the food, anyway. And so, in a development that’s actually entirely expected, Larry Gagosian is now a successful restauranteur with a hit under his belt. But there is most likely better sushi within walking distance of wherever you are reading this.

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