Major Gallerist's Advice to His Staff: "I Suggest You Sell Some Art"

Wow, this beats even the douchey memos or subject-only e-mail missives we're used to receiving. Larry Gagosian, probably the richest gallerist in the world, sent this message to send to his staff in November: "If you would like to continue working for Gagosian I suggest you start to sell some art." The memo originally appeared on Flash Art Online, but now we can't find it—maybe because Gagosian is a big advertiser on that site?—and was also picked up by More Intelligent Life. The rest of the threatening memo—"If you are not willing to make that kind of commitment please let me know"—after the jump.

“If you would like to continue working for Gagosian I suggest you start to sell some art. Everything is going to be evaluated in this new climate based on performances I basically put in eighteen hours a day, which any number of people could verify. If you are not willing to make that kind of commitment please let me know. The general economy and also the art economy is clearly headed for some choppy waters; I want to make sure that we are the best swimmers on the block. The luxury of carrying under-performing employees is now a thing of the past.

Hah. Don't we know it.