Sadie Coles HQ

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Sadie Coles HQ is a contemporary art gallery in London, owned and directed by Sadie Coles. It has been at the forefront of the Young British Artists movement.[1]

The gallery[edit]

Sadie Coles HQ opened in April 1997. The gallery focuses on presenting the work of established and emerging international artists.

Coles has worked with Sarah Lucas since the founding of Sadie Coles HQ.[2] From February to December 2012, Situation, a new gallery in central London, will show works by Sarah Lucas.[3] The extended display will include works both new and historical, mainly by Sarah Lucas and occasionally involving other artists.

The original Sadie Coles HQ's inaugural exhibition of new paintings by American painter John Currin in 1997 was mounted in parallel to a show of works by British artist Sarah Lucas, The Law, in St John Street.

Artists represented include Carl Andre, Matthew Barney, Avner Ben-Gal, Frank Benson, John Bock, Don Brown, Spartacus Chetwynd, Steven Claydon, William N. Copley, John Currin, Sam Durant, Angus Fairhurst, Urs Fischer, Jonathan Horowitz, David Korty, Gabriel Kuri, Jim Lambie, Hilary Lloyd, Sarah Lucas, Hellen van Meene, Victoria Morton, JP Munro, Laura Owens, Simon Periton, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Prince, Ugo Rondinone, Wilhelm Sasnal, Gregor Schneider, Daniel Sinsel, Andreas Slominski, Christiana Soulou, Rudolf Stingel, Ryan Sullivan, Nicola Tyson, Paloma Varga Weisz, TJ Wilcox, Steve Dowson and Andrea Zittel.

Since her inaugural exhibition, Coles has followed the same formula for each of her invitations. Taking the graphic identity of the gallery itself – a grey block that represents the gallery space and is found on all her branded material – she uses the same block on the invitations, allowing each artist to choose their own colour. A piece of the artist’s work is then shown on the inside of the card.[4]


  1. ^ Jonathan P Harris, Art, Money, Parties, University of Chicago Press, 2005, p4
  2. ^ Alice Rawsthorn, "Space women", Guardian, 12 October 2006,
  3. ^ Coline Milliard, "YBA Sarah Lucas Gets a Room of Her Own Above Sadie Coles in London", ARTINFO, 16 February 2012,
  4. ^ Sadie Coles HQ invitations Wallpaper, 22 December 2008.

Further reading[edit]

Sadie Coles and Jonathan Harris, "Sadie Coles HQ: Anatomy of a gallery in the age of globalised contemporary art" in Art, Money, Parties: New Institutions in the Political Economy of Contemporary Art, ed. Jonathan Harris, University of Chicago Press, 2005.

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Coordinates: 51°30′31″N 0°09′06″W / 51.50857°N 0.1516°W / 51.50857; -0.1516