London, Berlin and LA-based gallerists championing women artists
Since the early days in 1980s Cologne, Sprüth and Magers have practised Deutsche Amerikanische freundschaft. Their 60-something roster divides broadly between figures like Rosemarie Trockel, Bernd & Hilla Becher and Andreas Gursky, and transatlantic heavy-hitters such as Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha and Cindy Sherman, while also finding room for recent comets such as Ryan Trecartin and Analia Saban. (Oh, and Kraftwerk.) The gallery hasn’t made a major move since expanding to Los Angeles in 2016 and revamping its London branch in 2017, but it has continued to put up admirable shows in those and in Berlin, from Kara Walker to Reinhard Mucha. While some galleries become unrecognisable boutiques over their lifespans, Sprüth Magers retains a steady, serious, curatorial vibe. Whether that’ll work forever is another question, especially as its rivals turn themselves into event-friendly funhouses, but it’s working for now.