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The Saatchi Gallery's new exhibition is all about art's place in social satire, and explore how the political uncertainty of recent years has influenced it. Does it still question the political norms? Does it promote political unrest? Or does it just provide us all with a bit of light relief?
Black Mirror includes the work of 26 different artists in a wide-range of media from collage and caricatures, to photography and installations. You'll find humorous works like Bedwyr Williams' cabinet of shoes, where the viewers are encouraged to try on the footwear themselves, to thought-provoking works like Alejandra Prieto's lumps of coal, which he has transformed from poor pieces of industrial waste into objects of luxurious beauty.
Jessica Craig-Martin's photographs show examples of high society's hedonism, while Turner Prize nominee Richard Billingham depicts his working class parents.
Craig’s review of Saatchi Gallery – “You don't want to listen to me when it comes to art because I haven't got a clue what I'm talking about (hey, at least I'm honest!). But I do know what minimalism is, and the Saatchi Gallery is a minimalist gallery of modern art. That is how I would describe it, because there's hardly any art inside. It's all sandpapered floorboards and bright white lights illuminatin… continued”
Magic Realism — Art In Weimar Germany – 30 Jul 2018 to 14 Jul 2019 – Magic Realism is an exhibition of paintings created during the Weimar Republic years, between World Wars I and II.
Renzo Piano — The Art of Making Buildings – 15 Sep 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – This exhibition will explore the buildings of Renzo Piano - the famous Italian architect who designed The Shard
Courtauld Impressionists — From Manet to Cezanne – 17 Sep 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of Impressionist works by Cezanne, Renoir, Manet and more.
Jesse Darling — The Ballad of Saint Jerome – 22 Sep 2018 to 24 Feb 2019 – Jesse Darling uses the legend of Saint Jerome to create works about control, captivity and the subjugation of others.
Italian Renaissance painters, Mantegna and Bellini – 1 Oct 2018 to 27 Jan 2019 – The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of works by the Italian Renaissance painters Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna.
Pierre Huyghe — UUmwelt – 3 Oct 2018 to 10 Feb 2019 – Pierre Huyghe's new exhibition at the Serpentine uses images of people's brain activity and a birthing chamber of live flies
Anni Albers exhibition, at the Tate Modern – 11 Oct 2018 to 27 Jan 2019 – The Tate Modern will be putting on a retrospective of work by the influential textile artist, Anni Albers.
Find more exhibitions during January
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy Saatchi Gallery then you might like to visit Hayward Gallery (catch the train from Sloane Square to Waterloo), Serpentine Gallery (walk it in 24 mins or catch the tube from Sloane Square to South Kensington) and Tate Modern (catch the train from Sloane Square to Southwark)
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