Sadie Coles

One of London’s most established and active gallerists with a roster of nearly 50 artists

It is perhaps telling that the first of the more established galleries to take part in Condo this year, the now annual gallery exchange programme, was Sadie Coles HQ. The eponymous gallerist has become something of a role model for more fledgling enterprises, thanks to her strategic growth mixing the established (John Currin, who Coles showed in November; John Bock, in March), the fashionable (Jordan Wolfson, combative as usual, in April; Helen Marten, who won the Turner Prize in December) and the politically engaged (bringing Martine Syms into the fold). Coles evidently also has eyes on Asia: at the time of Frieze London, she brought in curator Victor Wang to stage an exhibition of ten young Chinese artists (not represented by the gallery) and a solo project by Xu Zhen, featuring a working Chinese grocery shop, fully stocked and everything for sale (there’s a catch though: you’d be buying empty packaging).