Monika Sprüth & Philomene Magers

London (currently under renovation), Berlin and LA-based gallerists working with 60 artists and estates

In February of this year, Sprüth and Magers staked their claim in Los Angeles, opening a new 4,200sqm gallery with a solo exhibition by John Baldessari. His 1971 lithograph I will not make any more boring art was emblazoned across the windows, channelling their vision for the city. For them ‘it made sense’, given their roster of local artists. From separate starts in Cologne, the pair joined forces in 1998, and have built an empire that includes spaces in Berlin and London (under renovation), offices in Cologne and Hong Kong, and the 60 artists or estates the gallery works with. The LA Times described them as ‘art world feminists who paved the way for… contemporary female artists such as Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Jenny Holzer and Rosemarie Trockel’ (who formed the core of Sprüth’s female-focused programme during the 1980s and 90s – revisited in the exhibition Eau de Cologne at Sprüth Magers LA this summer).