Opening this week at the Saatchi Gallery in London is the “Newspeak: British Art Now Part 1” exhibition. A celebration of the contemporary UK art scene curated by Charles Saatchi.
Perhaps best known for his patronage and promotion of the Young British Artist movement which made stars of Damien Hirst, Gavin Turk, Tracey Emin and Jake and Dinos Chapman and controversial collections like 1997 “Sensations” Saatchi is the most influential art collector in the world. When he starts buying works by an artist or movement the art world sits up, takes notice and does the same. Although sadly for some artists when he starts selling their works their career never recovers.
There has been a lot of anticipation for this show with many hoping it will have the same effect on the current crop of contemporary UK artists including Pablo Bronstein, William Daniels, Matthew Darbyshire, Anne Hardy, Alastair Mackinven, Clunie Reid and Fergal Stapleton. However many commentators have also suggested that whilst Saatchi has spent the last few years focusing more on modern works from China, the Middle East, America and India, the British art scene has moved on with the most interesting and relevant work now comes from video installations and the digital art world, two mediums which Saatchi is famously reticent to collect.
Will “Newspeak: British Art Now Part 1” create the art superstars of the future? Decide for yourself by visiting the exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery from 2nd June until October 17th.