Celebrating ‘Lulu,’ Art World Wonders: Is Gagosian the Conniving Collector?


Gagosian at MoMA’s Serra dinner this week.Photo: Getty Images

Mega-gallerist Larry Gagosian was a notable no-show at the book party for Danielle Ganek’s art-world tell-all, Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him, the other night at the Guggenheim. (Ganek, a former editor at Mademoiselle, is married to a Guggenheim trustee.) The room was full of collectors, and her book is poised to provide the gallery set with a good month or so of pin-the-name-on-the-character. There’s an icy auctioneer (Tobias Meyer of Sotheby’s? Simon de Pury of Phillips?), and one of the book’s wickedest caricatures is Martin Better, an avaricious collector who buys “art the way some people throw groceries into a cart” and cynically flips the novel’s titular masterpiece of a painting. Better’s likely inspiration, according to people in the room, was Gagosian. Remarkably, he blurbed the book. “She got it right,” the blurb reads, “And that’s saying something.” He would know. —Michael Idov