Install view alex da corte helter shelter or the red show or 2020 selected view 5 photo eva herzog

Alex Da Corte: Helter Shelter or: The Red Show! or... at Sadie Coles HQ

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Marking a new wrinkle in an ever-evolving artistic legacy, see artist Alex Da Corte’s first solo show of works at Sadie Coles HQ that continues his approach towards larger than life spaces and gestures, orchestrating a surreal series of physical pairings and semiotic exchanges.

Event Info

Date & Time

October 31 - January 13

Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11am-6pm


Sadie Coles HQ, Kingly Street, London, UK

Tel: +44 (0)20 7493 8611

Tickets & Prices

This is a free exhibition.

Sadie Coles HQ are taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of both staff and visitors and ask that masks are worn throughout the duration of your visit. There are limited visitor numbers at any one time to respect social distancing and the team have installed temperature readers and hand sanitiser stations at both site entrances.

Please note: both sites will be closed for holidays from the end of the day on Saturday 19th December 2020, reopening on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

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Looking to explore a colourful contemporary art exhibition?

Discover Alex Da Corte’s solo exhibition, Helter Shelter or: The Red Show! or… at Sadie Coles HQ in Soho, only a moments walk-away from Piccadilly Circus.

Running until 13th January 2021, this must-see free art exhibition is Da Corte’s first exhibition at Sadie Coles featuring a new body of large-scale paintings and sculpture.

Rendered in a crisp graphic aesthetic, the works explore the artist’s enduring interest in high-brow and low-brow popular culture, in particular pre-digital animation. The works in the series draw upon sources as wide-ranging as Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, to theorisations of seeing in art history and cinema.

Painted in reverse on Plexiglass, the painting technique self-reflexively references animated imagery – for the larger part of the twentieth century painted acetate frames were the most common method of making cartoons. Often carried out by highly-skilled, yet unseen female workers, Da Corte draws attention in these works to the invisible labour essential to much-loved icons of culture and systems of their production.

Da Corte’s works mine a particular connecting point between satire and wide-eyed wonder, rendering brightly coloured tropes and themes from cartoons, pop culture, history and broader visual culture spread through a range of wall-mounted works and meticulously paired readymades. The result are spaces that feel like massive riddles, deep interrogations of the way that the human mind appreciates space, and the ensuing relationships that either emerge or break down in the face of such wilful subversions of the regular order of things.

Da Corte takes this concept deeper into the realm of the traditional painting, exhibiting a series of flat-panel renderings, each paired with a strange linguistic or numeric glyph. These fragments of speech and calculation seem to directly contradict the free-associative images that seem to have been paired with them.

Learn more about the exhibition online. Or, call or email the gallery using the following details:

T: +44 (0)20 7493 8611