Is New York going to lose Larry Gagosian, much like we lost Jeffrey Deitch? Mr. Gagosian (who is from L.A.) bought Gary Cooper’s former $15.5 million Bel Air mansion in August. And, according to Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art chief curator Paul Schimmel, the dealer is putting together a major art collection in California and recently told Mr. Schimmel, “I don’t think Los Angeles knows how important that is to me. … Los Angeles is still my home.” According to the curator, who spoke on a recent panel with artist Jeff Koons, Mr. Gagosian is spending more time in Los Angeles, and the museum is campaigning to get his collection. (Meanwhile, Mr. Deitch recently purchased Cary Grant’s old house in Los Feliz, and a tour of it by the museum director is now on YouTube.)
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