Monika Sprüth & Philomene Magers

London, Berlin and LA-based gallerists championing women artists

If more women artists are beginning to get their due, then Sprüth and Magers can claim some credit for smoothing the path. ‘Right now there is a feeding frenzy,’ Magers noted this year. ‘Art by under-recognised female artists becomes a section of the market.’ Sprüth Magers’s roster is only 30 percent female – about industry average – with exhibitions this year for John Bock, Gary Hume, Thomas Demand and Frank Stella across their galleries in Berlin, London and Los Angeles. Yet the duo championed the likes of Kara Walker, Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman and Jenny Holzer way before the current trend. They still seem committed to supporting women artists whose work challenges the established structures of power; this year, in Berlin, Senga Nengudi staged her first exhibition with the gallery, showing works from her series of performative sculptures that use pantyhose as a tensile symbol of female resistance.