As part of their Yours To Make campaign, Instagram has opened an exhibition in collaboration with HERVISIONS. The motion artwork, created with gaming technology, is a celebration of UK youth culture in 2021, inspired by and made from Instagram Reels posted by 50 exciting Gen Z creators. Titled Yours To Make: Fluid Imaginarium, it’s a visual journey through a fantasy 3D world of self-exploration.
Admission: Free. No pre-booking required.
The Robert Walters Group and UK New Artists, in collaboration with Saatchi Gallery, is proud to present the Robert Walters Group UK New Artist of the Year Award. The award helps to discover and champion the work of exceptional young artists whose work and vision represent contemporary Britain.
The 10 shortlisted artists will have their work exhibited in the Gallery, curated by Garth Gratrix, as well as a virtual gallery space for a month following the award.
Admission: Free entry. No pre-booking required.
Renko London proudly presents Turkish Art Week’s inaugural exhibition, TA London. TA London will showcase Turkish contemporary art and its vast contribution to the global stage, featuring 21 critically acclaimed artists and headlined by legendary art master Devrim Erbil.
Admission: Free. No pre-booking required.
The 64th edition of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association annual flagship rare book fair, Firsts London returns in 2021 at its new home Saatchi Gallery. One of the most prestigious rare book fairs in the world, showcasing rare, unique and unusual items from leading UK and international dealers in rare books and works on paper. Visitors including collectors, enthusiasts, and the general public will be able to browse items from reputable dealers, partake in specialist tours and enjoy immersing themselves in the world of literature and antiquarian history.
Admission: Thursday 21 October is by invitation or £50 at the door, Friday 22 October is £10 at the door, and weekends are free entry.
START your contemporary art collection this autumn at START Art Fair, a global gathering of artists and galleries. The fair showcases local London and international galleries together with individual contemporary artists from all over the world. Collectors, enthusiasts and critics attend START to buy the best contemporary art and to discover emerging contemporary artists.
To complement the exhibitors START annually presents a series of must-see Curated Projects.Book tickets More info
Free for Saatchi Gallery Members & RHS Members.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Saatchi Gallery have partnered to present the return of the RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show in 2021. Featuring more than 200 of the best botanical artwork and garden photography by 34 global artists, all competing for an RHS Medal.Supported by Riverstone and Glenmorangie
In Bloom is a showcase of works with a floral theme produced by a spectrum of contemporary artists working in the UK today.
Admission: Free to JR: Chronicles or RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show 2021 ticket holders. Ticket purchase required.
04 June - 03 October 2021, Galleries 5-14
Saatchi Gallery presents JR: Chronicles - the largest solo museum exhibition to date in London of the internationally recognised French artist JR, featuring some of his most iconic projects from the past fifteen years.
Curated by Sharon Matt Atkins and Drew Sawyer from the Brooklyn Museum, JR: Chronicles traces JR's career from his early documentation of graffiti artists as a teenager in Paris and large-scale architectural interventions in cities worldwide, to his recent digitally collaged murals that create collective portraits of diverse communities.
With major support provided by Art Explora
For the first time, Saatchi Gallery participates in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show featuring never-before-seen artworks by British artist Dan Rawlings, including a hand cut repurposed transit van titled, ‘Delays Expected’ (2021).
RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW features new & recent works by emerging and established artists who continue to work on diverse projects with Jealous Print Studio & Gallery. Based in East London, Jealous has built an international reputation for championing new art and for never standing still.
Curated by Jealous
Admission: Free. No pre-booking required.
A platform for new art in the UK.
Saatchi Gallery collaborates with curators to select works direct from the studios of artists in order to present a range of diverse & experimental artworks to a larger audience.
Curated by DB
Admission: Free. No pre-booking required.
In Orbit, by design duo Isabel + Helen, is a series of tonal paintings produced by contraptions that have been assembled by hand from industrial materials. This collection of imperfect circles, together with their tools of fabrication, explore the space between mass production & the creation of unique art works and, in so doing, questions our relationship with machines. Isabel + Helen is the creative studio of London-based design duo Isabel Gibson and Helen Chesner.
Admission: Free. No pre-booking required.
Studio 7 by Cartier is a portrait exhibition celebrating the Maison’s seven most iconic creations across watches and jewellery: Santos, Tank, Trinity, Love, Juste Un Clou, Panthère and Ballon Bleu.
This unique show of your Cartier stories are told through a photographic journey from the past to the present, exclusively at Saatchi Gallery in London. Cartier lovers are invited to join the experience by having their portrait taken in a custom-built photo studio, and by sharing their very own Cartier story.
Admission: Free (pre-booking required)
A group exhibition presenting the work of five artists exploring Mass and its material and immaterial presence in the human population, cityscape, industrial production of goods, and spirituality. Through a reconfiguration of everyday materials, such as builders merchant's timber, MDF, aerosol paint, rubber, the artists aspire beyond the ordinary standards of scale towards the cosmic realm – revealing sculptures and paintings that reach for the sky and allude to heavenly bodies.
Presenting artists: Dominic Beattie, Will Cruickshank, Alice Wilson, Laura White, Neil Zakiewicz
Admission: Free. (Pre-booking required.)
Artist Ben Turnbull presents American History RemiX in one of our ground floor galleries. American History RemiX is a boldly candid exploration of America’s most defining moments, from the birth of the ‘American Frontier’, via the Kennedy assassinations to the darker days of gun culture and the inauguration of Donald Trump. Bringing together a body of work created over 15 years, including never-before-seen pieces, American History RemiX is an encounter with some uncomfortable truths associated with the USA.Admission: Free (pre-booking required) More info
Antisocial Isolation is a group exhibition featuring artworks by some of the most exciting emerging artists of today.
Curated by Delphian Gallery founders Benjamin Murphy and Nick JS Thompson, the works in the exhibition deliberate on the future and respond to the current Covid-19 pandemic, offering unique perspectives and fresh contexts to aid an understanding of our surroundings.
Admission: Free (pre-booking required)
Lobsteropolis is the largest UK survey to date of the London-based artist Philip Colbert, taking audiences through an odyssey of unseen paintings and sculptures.
The exhibition can be viewed physically at the Gallery or visitors may engage virtually with Colbert's psychedelic lobster land via their smartphone or computer and zoom into the unprecedented detail of the artists' monumental works.
Admission: Free (pre-booking required)
During these unprecedented times START's Founders and the entire START team have remained committed to playing their part in helping artists and galleries get back in business and to presenting this year's fair safely and successfully. In light of COVID-19 strict safety measures will be implemented.
Specialising in emerging talent from around the world, START Art Fair's seventh edition will present the works of painters, photographers, sculptors and makers from around the world. Many will represent themselves, others with galleries. Together they will combine to showcase a compelling survey of seismic art scenes and global developments from around the world. We look forward to showcasing new works many of which have been made during lockdown.
Korean Eye 2020: Creativity and Daydream aims to guide viewers to a creativity that is both old-fashioned and contemporary, notable for its clarity and nearly mechanical precision.
Young Korean artists nowadays have the common skill of creating plausible myths and of narrating them using novel techniques and mediums achieving perfect visual shape only with a rigorous approach. Contemporary art of South Korea is defined by an aesthetic expression that can be understood by everyone: by addressing complex topics and national traditions, the artists use an intuitively clear visual code.
Creativity and Daydream invites onlookers to participate in the development of a new art, and encourages them to unveil new aspects of South Korean Contemporary Art. The exhibition includes includes 20 emerging and established contemporary Korean artists.
Korean Eye 2020 is presented as part of STARTNET Art Fair.Supported by: Hana Bank
London Grads Now. brings together under one exhibition over 150 graduating artists and more than 200 works.
Saatchi Gallery is delighted to announce that it has reopened to the public on Thursday September 3rd, 2020 with 'London Grads Now.'. This thought-provoking exhibition showcases works by graduating students from London's leading fine art schools.
Following the unprecedented cancellation of graduation shows across London due to COVID-19 restrictions, Saatchi Gallery with the generous support of Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, invited students and lecturers to organise an exhibition that would enable graduating students to showcase their works safely within international-quality gallery spaces.
#SAATCHITAKEOVER sees our social media channels open to a worldwide audience. Every week, we post a new theme for participants creations to align to. Our favourites are then selected and shared every Saturday - featured across the Gallery's Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
During this challenging time, Saatchi Gallery is looking to give back to artists, creatives and social media followers in as many ways as possible digitally - whilst our Gallery doors sadly remain closed.
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As an extension to the #SAATCHITAKEOVER we have invited artists, creatives and art educators to host lnstagram LIVE sessions as part of the #SAATCHIARTCLUB, inspired by our Gallery Education Program. The sessions allow artists to directly connect with our followers and inspire viewers to create artworks at home, teach their methods, answer LIVE questions - all whilst sharing their artworks. Sessions are shared to our IGTV -archiving the footage for all viewers to access and enjoy.
Join us on our Instagram LIVE sessions, hosted by selected artists and art educators.
Our Gallery Patron Robert Walters Group leads this weeks' #SaatchiTakeover in partnership with UK New Artists to explore the #FutureofWork
The Robert Walters Group is proud to partner with Saatchi Gallery and UK New Artists (UKNA) for an artistic exploration of how the legacy of the Covid-19 pandemic will reshape the future of work. In a week-long social media event, taking place 3-9 August 2020, Saatchi Gallery, UKNA and Robert Walters Group will be calling their followers to share artwork that provokes discussion about how the change and experiences of the lockdown period have influenced the world of business.
Drawn together by art. Inspiring our community to come and create together, we collaborated with celebrated fashion house Stella McCartney, to host an at-home 'life drawing'. The collaboration is an extension of Saatchi Gallery's weekly #SaatchiTakeover theme: the #HumanFigure.
Viewers will join supermodel Malgosia Bela as she poses for a celebrated group of global artists selected by Saatchi Gallery who participated and produced work in their chosen medium(s) and styles. Artists include: BP Portrait Award winners Miriam Escofet and Massimiliano Pironti, Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize winner Florence Hutchings, Ukraine Artist Alliance member Denis Sarazhin, George Dawnay, Nancy Cadogan, Yifat Bezalel, Mona Osman, Alida Cervantes and Michael Cline.
Produced by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and IMG, and presented by Viking Cruises
Commemorating the centenary of the discovery that captivated the world, the largest collection of King Tutankhamun's treasures ever to travel out of Egypt will open at the Saatchi Gallery for a limited run.
The legend of Tutankhamun captured imaginations globally when, in 1922 his tomb was unearthed by British explorer Howard Carter and financier Lord Carnarvon. An instant worldwide sensation, public fascination surrounding the boy king - and the only Ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found intact - has continued for decades, with exhibitions in 1972 and 2007 drawing record crowds of well over one million visitors in London.
Cyril de Commarque and Kate Daudy will respond to the key themes explored in Tutankhamun: Treasure of the Golden Pharaoh.
Admission only for ticketholders of Tutankhamun exhibition.
For her first solo exhibition in the UK, Mohammad presents a multi-media installation that immerses the viewer into a factory town that she investigated while researching areas of exile in Iran. This display was a preface to a research on the history of internal exile in Iran; a former Asbestos Industrial Complex was taken as a model of a city of exile.
Mind Zero presents a new body of works by British artist Nancy Cadogan and marks her first solo exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. Nancy's intimately scaled paintings reward those who look deeply and with care; they capture the joy of thoughtful observation, of delighting in the things we surround ourselves with.
The paintings collapse boundaries and the conscious and unconscious are simultaneously present, in the real and imagined.
An immersive exhibition that celebrates the birth of dance music and the impact of rave on youth culture today.
Sweet Harmony is a creative reminder of a special moment in recent British history that will recapture memories from the acid house scene, reliving the transformative powers of music through the voices and the lenses of those who experienced it.Kindly supported by: Jack Arts Spotify SCI-Arc Dazed Pioneer DJ Roland L-Acoustics Village Underground
SALON is delighted to be collaborating with Vigo Gallery to exhibit "Pain Relief" by legendary Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi, the Godfather of African Modernism and the first artist of African birth to have a solo retrospective at Tate Modern in 2013.
For the last two years he has created an extraordinary body of work from the comfort of an armchair, refusing to let physical restriction imposed by his sciatica and back pain limit his ambition.
For the first time in the UK, Chinese artist Mao Jianhua presents a new series of poetic landscape ink paintings inspired by his relationship with spirituality. Using traditional Xuan paper, they immerse the viewer in a Taoist exploration of nature.
The 9th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award marks its fifth consecutive year at the Saatchi Gallery and is dedicated to the Arctic and climate change. The laureates, Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen (NOOR), have for the very first time simultaneously covered the entire Arctic territory to bear witness to the irreversible effects of climate change.
Am I My Brother's Keeper? by Kate Daudy is a large scale installation piece made out of a used UNHCR tent, lived in by a family of Syrians in 2015. The father of the family wrote his name in biro over the front door - Abu Teim.
Supported by: Kate Daudy Studio
Vigo Gallery presents Jenny Watson, an exhibition exploring the dynamics of identity and 70s punk culture.
The works in A Horses Tale were made in January and February of this year while Jenny Watson was on residency at the American Academy in Rome as a recipient of the Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship.
We live in an Ocean of Air is a multi-sensory immersive virtual reality installation by Marshmallow Laser Feast which uses cutting-edge technology to illuminate the invisible- but fundamental - connections between human and natural worlds.
Hailed by the British Journal of Photography as 'one of the seven greatest photographers in the world', Saatchi Gallery hosts the first in a series of commemorative exhibitions to Armenian-Turkish artist and photojournalist Ara Güler.
The exhibition consists of Güler's Istanbul photographs, as well as a collection of historical portraits including Winston Churchill, Alfred Hitchcock, John Berger and Bertrand Russell.
Throe on Throe presents a major survey of works by acclaimed British artist Johnnie Cooper.
The exhibition culminates with his most recent atmospheric large-scale oil and acrylic paintings that reflect his love for the natural landscape.
Black Mirror explored art’s role in social satire, and how political uncertainty has influenced art of recent years.
Using media such as collage, caricatures, photography and installation, the exhibition showed how satire can provide both light relief as well as unsettling commentary on the tumultuous, divisive climate of modern-day politics.
Philip Colbert: Hunt Paintings
8070 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
The exhibition is the London-based pop artist's first solo show in America, and Saatchi Gallery's first temporary gallery space in Los Angeles, and will feature a series of large-scale paintings, a series of large scale sculptures, as well as a virtual reality experience, which will allow the audience to immerse themselves with Colbert's Lobster alter ego in his World of Art.
An exhibition of new photographic works by Paola Ismene - winner of the #SelfExpression Competition - taken on the Huawei P20 Pro, co-engineered with Leica.
Curated and produced by Eva McGaw and Tatiana Palinkasev
An exhibition of recent works by the acclaimed Russian artist GeorgII Uvs. This exhibition - his first in the UK - is comprised of four series of oil paintings.
Created in Malta between 2014 and 2017, the works, entitled 'Mesozoic', 'Genesis', 'Code' and 'Wings', symbolise an immersive panorama of the cycles of life.
Philip Colbert exhibits new pieces, including the large-scale Hunt Paintings and a series of monumental sculptures. The exhibition, curated by Sasha Craddock, will run over three galleries, including a virtual reality experience, which will allow the audience to immerse themselves in Colbert's World of Art.
Harder Edge is a survey of recent abstraction curated by Dominic Beattie and Ali Hillman. The selection of 17 artists examines a breadth of visual languages from an international and multi-generational line up.
The exhibition moves through an exploration of abstraction, challenging and testing the abilities of a large variety of materials in the artists' individual interrogations of colour, line and form.
Figurative art from the Khartoum School
SALON, in collaboration with Roubi L'Roubi, is delighted to present Forests and Spirits: Figurative art from the Khartoum School, an exhibition of recent works by Sudanese artists Salah Elmur, Kamala Ishaq and Ibrahim E-Salahi.
Presented and curated by Eva McGaw and Tatiana Palinkasev
A major new exhibition bringing together new three-dimensional works by artist Rashid Khalifa. His London debut invites the viewer to experience the beauty of textured shadows and light cast through polychromatic metal structures.
Aluminium mesh wall works, steel grid mobiles, and a monumental maze form the basis of this immersive exhibition inspired by architectural grids and geometric lattices.
The School of Night will feature exceptional new works by Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, with the highlight being a vast four by ten metre canvas based on Rembrandt's The Night Watch.
Mark Sanders Art Consultancy
Ninety Selected Oils, Works On Paper And Prints By Berenice Sydney
Following the exhibition of the same name held in SALON this summer, Saatchi Gallery in collaboration with Dreweatts is delighted to announce the exhibition and auction 'Dancing with Colour: Selected Works by Berenice Sydney (1944-1983)'. The exhibition and auction will feature ninety works, covering oil paintings, works on paper and prints and represents a comprehensive survey of Berenice's production, from early figurative works through to the later abstract paintings executed shortly before her death in 1983.
Saatchi Gallery is pleased to present KNOWN UNKNOWNS, a major new exhibition featuring the work of 17 contemporary artists.
Known Unknowns showcases an international selection of artists, born between 1966 and 1990, from the Saatchi Gallery’s collection. The title refers to the artists' status in the mainstream art world – whilst the group is largely unknown, their respective practices are greatly admired by their artistic peers and seen as breaking new ground.
A major new exhibition featuring the recent work of French-Iranian artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar. Sassan's practice aims to change the perceptions and cemented beliefs about Iran that persist in the West.
SALON, in collaboration with Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, is delighted to announce its fourth exhibition, Paintings 1990 - 2017, a presentation of works by the revered American artist, Philip Pearlstein.
Masterful and powerful, every painting featured in the show goes against the conventions of portraiture - often emotive and introspective. Pearlstein's works maintain a sense of complete detachment, which is both alluring and disconcerting.
Iconoclasts explores the experimental and often transformational practices of a small group of groundbreaking artists, inviting us to engage anew with what modern day iconoclasm might be.
By using a myriad of unusual image-making practices - from branding imagery onto human skin to sculpting curving structures out of crow feathers - these artists are breaking the mould, ushering in a new age of artistic defiance through their resistance of typical artistic processes and their personal interpretations of cultural mores.
SALON is pleased to announce its third exhibition which is dedicated to Alexander Calder's late gouaches on paper, created between 1960 and 1976, staged in collaboration with Omer Tiroche Gallery, London.
Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism is dedicated to Russian protest art over the past 25 years. It will take place in the year of the 100th anniversary of Russia's October Revolution - and although the exhibition will not have any direct links to this historical event, many of the issues that artists face in post-communist Russia are comparable to those in 1917.
Curated by Eva McGaw and Tatiana Palinkasev.
Metamorphosis will showcase the work of Korean artist Oh Myung Hee and draw attention to the constantly changing relationships between past and future, tradition and innovation showcased in her unique paintings.
Saatchi Gallery and Huawei have teamed up to present From Selfie to Self-Expression. This is the world’s first exhibition exploring the history of the selfie from the old masters to the present day, and celebrates the truly creative potential of a form of expression often derided for its inanity.
The show also highlights the emerging role of the mobile phone as an artistic medium for self-expression by commissioning ten exciting young British photographers to create new works using Huawei’s newest breakthrough dual lens smartphones co-engineered with Leica.
WITTE DE WITTE
The Dutch-born Belgian artist, Bram Bogart, (1921 - 2012) is an artist associated with bold, thickly physical colour and form. His legacy is the culmination over seven decades of the foundational modernist impulse to stage and progress the stuff of paint. 'Witte de Witte' comprises a group of rare monochrome or near monochrome works made between 1952 and 2006 which illustrate his achievement through relative context without the seduction of colour, allowing his contribution to the story of modernism to be witnessed in starker, more elemental and more overtly physical terms.
Inaugurated in collaboration with Lévy Gorvy, with an exhibition of key works by Japanese master, TSUYOSHI MAEKAWA.
The presentation will include a selection of paintings by the artist from the 1950's and 60's, with important loans from Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp.
Tsuyoshi Maekawa (b. 1936) was a member of the Gutai Art Association, Japan's most significant avant-garde collective of the post-war era founded in 1954.
In recent years, painting has been challenged by the myriad of other modern media and technologies embraced by contemporary art. It is less frequently seen in contemporary museums and galleries today and is seemingly out of favour with many curators.
Painters’ Painters focuses on a group of artists who have been undeterred by the gradual decline in interest in this perennial art form.
Champagne Life celebrates the work of a constellation of female artists, and provides a rare and apposite moment to reflect on what it means to be a female artist working today.
Champagne Life suggests high living, prestige and affluence, qualities that have led to champagne’s appropriation into Hip-Hop culture as an indicator of success when artists transition from economically depressed ghetto to uptown highlife.
Taking over the entire two floors of the Saatchi Gallery with 9 thematic galleries, EXHIBITIONISM combines over 500 original Stones' artefacts, with striking cinematic and interactive technologies offering the most comprehensive insight into the band's fascinating fifty year history.
From never before seen dressing room and backstage paraphernalia to rare instruments; original stage designs, iconic costumes, rare audio tracks and video footage; personal diaries; poster and album cover artwork; and unique wraparound cinematic experiences that celebrate every aspect of their Careers.
Centre stage is the musical heritage that took them from a London blues band in the early 1960s to inspirational cultural icons.
Pangaea II: New Art From Africa and Latin America features the work of 18 emerging artists who provide an expansive insight into the work being produced against the backdrop of present day complexities in their respective homelands.
Witnesses to the transformation of their societies, the artists working in these two distinctive regions are increasingly based within cities that are changing at an unprecedented rate. Their work employs a hybrid of traditional and contemporary techniques and materials, reflecting on social and political issues faced during this period of rapid urban and economic expansion.
Taking its title from the prehistoric landmass comprised of Africa and America, this major survey reunites the two former sister continents by bringing together the work of 16 of their contemporary artists. The exhibition celebrates and explores the parallels between their distinctly diverse cultures and creative practices, as they begin to receive recognition in the increasingly globalised art world.
The exhibition features nine contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums. Far from being reductive, their work if often complex and diverse. They employ techniques from folk art, ideas from performance art and borrow the language of post-war abstract expressionism as readily as those of digitised computer motifs and popular culture. By adapting these different visual languages, the artists in Abstract America Today create an exciting range of work celebrating the legacy of Abstraction. Like America itself, their work is epic and expansive, loud and confident, reflecting the simultaneous brutality and romance of the big city and the big country.
New Order II: British Art Today features 13 artists who offer an arresting insight into art being made in the UK today. From sculpture and painting, to installation and video, this selection of artists employ a hybrid of traditional and contemporary techniques and materials, which revitalise existing visual languages.
Over the last fifty years or so, work depicting the body, such as paintings by British artists Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, was at odds with the prevailing currents of abstraction, Pop and conceptualism. Yet the figure has retained its currency, and the artists in Body Language each provide compelling evidence of the figure’s continued ability to articulate something both historically specific and curiously essential.
From the grotesque and uncanny to the poignant and satirical, the works in this exhibition examine, in arresting and innovative ways, the diverse social and political issues that can be communicated through the human body.
The first in this series of exhibitions is New Order: British Art Today, featuring 17 young artists based in the UK. The work of this new generation of artists offers an arresting insight into the nature of Britain today: somewhat nebulous in its identity, somewhat uncertain of itself, recent spikes of national cohesion – the 2011 royal wedding, the 2012 Olympics – are blasts of pageantry, quickly silenced, sometimes soured. The symbols of national identity seem more and more inarticulate and dislocated from the experience of actually living here.
The Saatchi Gallery’s new exhibition PAPER comes at a time when we are living in an increasingly ‘paperless’ society. We encourage paperless offices, printed newspapers are in decline, communications until very recently documented on paper are now sent by email, and even paper money is steadily diminishing. The temporality of the material has never been more evident.
The 44 international artists in this exhibition challenge our received ideas and expectations about paper as a material and, across a range of media (drawing, collage, sculpture, painting and installation), demonstrate its richness and versatility.
'Gaiety is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union: Art from Russia' is the first exhibition of contemporary Russian art at the Saatchi Gallery. This large survey show features 18 artists working in diverse ways across the mediums of painting, photography, sculpture and installation.
This exhibition comes at a time when the world of photography is going through one of its richest and also most complicated moments. Millions of images are being uploaded onto the internet every day making available more visual stimuli than ever before; old ideas about ’professional’ and ‘amateur’ photographers are being upturned; the traditional boundaries between various territories within the world of photography – fashion, documentary, advertising and art – are blurring into one another in unexpected, exciting and not always tension-free ways; and even the labels ‘artist’ and ‘photographer’ are the subject of debate (Olaf Breuning responds to this thorny topic by describing himself as “a four-wheel drive, all-purpose terrain vehicle”).
Perhaps best known for its Wagnerian associations, the word ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ can be translated as a total, ideal or universal work of art, or as a synthesis of different art forms into one all-embracing unique genre. As such, many works in this exhibition reflect on the boundaries of art, in terms of our perception of it and its relationship to other disciplines. If their work points to a new kind of Gesamtkunstwerk it is one in which high and low culture, the avantgarde and the historical, the everyday and everything in between can co-exist.
The Shape of Things to Come: New Sculpture provides an unprecedented look at some of the most exciting sculptural works created in recent years. From granite monoliths to neon structures, buckled cars to stuffed horse hide, the exhibition demonstrates the diversity and dynamism of the medium.
Over a decade after Sensation and the advent of the YBAs, this new generation of artists are making work that collectively offers an arresting insight into the future of contemporary art in Britain. In Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, Newspeak is "the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year"; this exhibition turns that Orwellian vision on its head, showing that the range of visual languages being exploited and invented by these artists is in fact expanding and multiplying. Through sculpture, painting, photography and installation, they explore issues such as class, consumerism and the phenomenon of instant success culture, often with a distinctly British dry wit.
The exhibition features nine contemporary artists working primarily in paint. Their work doesn’t just float between pure abstraction and abstract art that takes something from the world as its starting point. Instead it negotiates this complex space and creates something new from it – processing past languages while adapting new visual information and contemporary experiences as they unfold. Far from being reductive, the work of these artists is dynamic and diverse.
An exhibition of 26 artists from the world’s largest democracy. Despite homegrown contemporary art being under represented in public museums in India, its commercial and international success has allowed small ventures to grow into thriving art galleries in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, with outposts opening in Europe and the US. The rapid flourishing of this art scene on one hand and the recent economic downturn on the other have prompted critical questions about Indian culture and globalization in a country torn between a proudly independent mindset and a dependence on global consumption.
China has emerged as the next frontier for contemporary art. Chinese artists, such as Zhang Xiaogang, Yue Minjun, Wang Guangyi, and Shen Shaomin, are producing some of today’s most provocative new work. With China set to host the world at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 Shanghai World’s Fair, enthusiasm for recent Chinese art continues to grow.
On 30 January the Saatchi Gallery’s second show, Unveiled: New Art From the Middle East opened, presenting the work of over 20 of the region’s most exciting artists. Dedicated to the flourishing contemporary Arabic art scene, the exhibition offered a cutting edge survey of recent painting, sculpture and installation.
Royal Academy of Arts, London, 6 October to 4 November 2006.
The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia 24 October 2007 to 13 January 2008
A survey of the exciting new art being produced by the generation of emerging artists working in America, from the Saatchi Gallery collection, selected by Norman Rosenthal of the Royal Academy.