Sadie Coles HQ gallery in London now represents Martine Syms, the Los Angeles–based artist whose work deals with identity, surveillance, and performance, often in the form of multi-screen video installations and photo-based work. Syms, who is also represented by Bridget Donahue gallery in New York, joins a roster that includes Sam Durant, Sarah Lucas, Laura Owens, Richard Prince, and Jordan Wolfson.
The news comes a little more than a month and a half after the close of Syms’s show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Part of the museum’s “Projects” series, the exhibition included a feature-length film called Incense Sweaters and Ice (2017), in which a cast of characters wander around Los Angeles while a woman makes music in a purple room. Earlier this year, Syms also had a solo show at Sadie Coles HQ, where her work was being shown as part of a Condo gallery-share program. The gallery is currently planning a Syms solo show for fall 2018.
“Syms is original and dynamic, and has already earned wide recognition for a practice that combines conceptual grit, humor, and social commentary,” a spokesperson for the gallery told ARTnews. “Having experienced the work during Donahue’s presentation last year as part of London’s Condo gallery-swap scheme, we found Martine and her work compelling, sophisticated, and profound.”