Meet­ing of Minds

As the say­ing goes, suc­cess usu­ally comes to those who are too busy to be look­ing for it

Hong Kong Tatler - - Behind The Scenes -

Bring­ing Larry Gagosian and Zeng Fanzhi to­gether for our cover story was a Her­culean ef­fort—and why wouldn’t it be? Both are heavyweights of the art world, both are trail­blaz­ers in their fields and, pre­dictably, both are in­cred­i­bly busy peo­ple. Wil­liam Zhao, our new ed­i­tor-at-large for art and de­sign, wasted no time in set­ting this mo­men­tous meet­ing in mo­tion. The in­ter­view hap­pened on a Fri­day, then the shoot, by pho­tog­ra­pher Chris Sorensen, the next day. Fanzhi had just flown in, Larry was fly­ing out that evening—as we said, pretty busy peo­ple. We shot the cover in the li­brary of Gagosian Gallery at 980 Madi­son Av­enue, with the duo placed against a hefty wooden book­case. Larry came straight from his of­fice—turns out he works on Satur­days—and met us there. “I’m truly hon­oured Larry ac­cepted our in­ter­view re­quest de­spite his in­tense work sched­ule,” says Wil­liam of the col­lab­o­ra­tion. “I’ve known him for a few years, well enough to know that he has given very few in­ter­views in the past. As for Zeng, he’s been a friend for nearly two decades. We en­joyed vis­it­ing gal­leries and mu­se­ums to­gether over the few days we were in New York. One has a strong persona but in­cred­i­ble charisma, while the other is ex­cep­tion­ally cre­ative and fo­cused.”

For the full story, turn to p.158

“ONE HAS A STRONG PERSONA BUT IN­CRED­I­BLE CHARISMA, WHILE THE OTHER IS EX­CEP­TION­ALLY CRE­ATIVE AND FO­CUSED”

Larry Gagosian and Zeng Fanzhi dis­played an easy ca­ma­raderie and shared a few laughs be­tween takes

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