in other words

Everything you ever wanted to know about the art market but didn't know who to ask
20 March 2020

Guest Sadie Coles © Sadie Coles, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ. Photography: Andrew Davidson

#77 “Art is About Freedom”, with Gallerist Sadie Coles

BY Charlotte Burns
executive editor of In Other Words

“Art is about ideas, transgression and transformation," says gallerist Sadie Coles, who founded her eponymous gallery Sadie Coles HQ in London's Mayfair neighborhood in 1997, and now has two spaces in the UK capital. "And art needs freedom."

In this wide-ranging podcast, recorded in London earlier in the year with host Charlotte Burns, Coles talks about everything from the nature of being an art dealer, to the sense of anxiety that has shaped both the market and art in this still-young century—and about the time she moonlighted to as a theatre critic to review a play starring Madonna as a ruthless art world operator.

Coles talks about changes in the gallery system. “Artists now have more power, and I think that's a healthy thing", she says. “The rules, whatever they may be, are in flux right now."

To hear more, tune in today.

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Editor Charlotte Burns