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20 March 2020

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


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

BY Charlotte Burns
executive editor of In Other Words

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Charlotte Burns: Hello and welcome to In Other Words, where we cover everything you ever wanted to know about the art world but didn’t know who to ask.

I’m your host, Charlotte Burns, and in this episode I’m joined by Sadie Coles of the eponymous gallery Sadie Coles HQ, which she founded in London in 1997.

Sadie Coles: Working with artists to achieve their projects is the greatest joy because artists are so fascinatingly able to completely rethink everything all the time.


Sadie Coles

owner and founder, Sadie Coles HQ

Sadie Coles opened her London-based gallery in April 1997. The gallery focuses on presenting the work of established and emerging international artists. The inaugural exhibition by American painter John Currin took place in parallel to an off-site exhibition by British artist Sarah Lucas. This coupling established the international dimension of the gallery’s exhibition programme, as well as its programme of site-specific projects which have presented artists’ work in locations around London and abroad. The gallery’s current spaces at 62 Kingly Street and 1 Davies Street opened in 2013 and 2015 respectively. In recent years, the gallery has added artists Darren Bader, Alvaro Barrington, Alex Da Corte, Kati Heck, Yu Ji, Lawrence Lek, Helen Marten, Borna Sammak, Katja Seib, Martine Syms, and Jordan Wolfson to the roster. This is in addition to the continued representation of artists such as Sarah Lucas, Matthew Barney, Urs Fischer, John Currin, Ugo Rondinone, Elizabeth Peyton, Rudolf Stingel, and others. The gallery participates in about eight international fairs ever year and regularly publishes books on its artists.

Charlotte Burns

executive editor of In Other Words

Charlotte Burns is the editor of In Other Words, our weekly newsletters and podcasts. She was previously the US news and market editor for The Art Newspaper, as well as a regular correspondent for publications such as the Guardian and Monocle. Previously, she worked with the London dealer Anthony d’Offay on special projects. For several years, she was a consultant at the cultural communications agency, Bolton & Quinn. She also worked at Hauser & Wirth in London.

Burns received a Masters degree (with Merit) from the Courtauld Institute in Art and Cultural Politics in Germany, 1890-1945, as well as a first-class B.A. honors degree in English and History of Art from Birmingham University. She moved to New York in 2010.

Where to look

A Selection of Works from Sadie Coles HQ

6 Images

For more on Sadie Coles:

  1. Shows currently on view at Sadie Coles HQ
  2. Interview with Sadie Coles HQ’s Sadie Coles (Founder)“, published on 19 September 2016 by FAD Magazine
  3. Space Women“, published on 12 October 2006 by The Guardian

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