Saatchi Gallery review (Aug 2014)
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The only thing I know about Charles Saatchi is what the lovely Nigella Lawson told me via the newspapers: he's a bit of a bully (allegedly). So a little part of me is very happy to see that he has squandered so much money on a load of crap art. Someone definitely saw him coming.
A lot of the art on show at the Saatchi Gallery just looks like graffiti — the same kind of stuff that you might find on a tube train wall. Other ones just seem to be excuses to use up a tub full of paint. The artist takes a big canvas and then smears it in red and... that's it. I suppose the size alone is supposed to make the piece impressive. But if that were true then people would be queuing up to stare at a whitewashed wall.
I don't think his collection is that big either, because he's just got a few pieces per room. The rooms are absolutely huge but they are just a load of bright white walls and a couple of pieces in the middle. It's like a minimalist gallery full of minimalist art. I've never understood that myself. Why is something better when there's nothing there? It doesn't work like that in other areas of life. If they served up a minimalist meal then you'd want your money back. And you'd soon get tired of listening to a minimalist song, or a 5-second film. They don't even impart a message anymore. Anyone who can work out the meaning behind two dots and a squiggle is either lying, or they had a lucky guess.
There are no famous names on show either. (Although, admittedly, I don't know much about contemporary art.) If you are thinking that the Saatchi is a modern art gallery full of Warhol's and Mondrian’s, then forget it — go to the Tate instead. There are no Pollock’s, just bllocks. I couldn't even find anything by Damien Hirst or Tracey Emin.
Guest – I was at the gallery today. It's watches, watches, watches. And plenty of security personnel. Where is the African art?
Admin – hmm... not sure. they're still advertising the african show on their website up until the 6th september: http://www.saatchigallery.com/artists/pangaea_II/ but it looks like they have decided to run a one-week show about watches: saatchigallery.com/current/patek_philip ... e_2015.php
I’ve been here before…
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