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Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama quit Gagosian

Last week was a bad one for Larry Gagosian. The gallerist's shock at Damien Hirst's statement that he was leaving the gallery, was confounded when Yayoi Kusama followed suit. It is not known the reasons behind either artists departure, though there is nothing to suggest that they are connected. Gagosian gave Hirst shows at all eleven of the gallery's international sites in a build up to the Tate Modern retrospective this year. There has been no official further statement from either party, but The New York Times quotes Millicent Wilner, a director of the Gagosian Gallery in London, as saying 'As a gallery, we’ve done everything to support him. But Damien has always done things differently.' Another spokesperson for the gallery told the same newspaper that the gallery was 'reviewing the parameters of our working relationship with Ms. Kusama'.

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Comment by Ivan Pope on December 19, 2012 at 9:50

"The gallerist's shock at Damien Hirst's statement that he was leaving the gallery, was confounded when Yayoi Kusama followed suit."

I presume you mean 'compounded' rather than 'confounded'.

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