Charles Saatchi, the collector credited with launching the careers of the YBAs (Young British Artists) who “shocked” the art world in the 90s with pickled sheep and unmade beds recently penned an article in the Guardian that does not even need to be read as the headline and byline sum up his new views,
Charles Saatchi: the hideousness of the art world
Even a show-off like me finds this new, super-rich art-buying crowd vulgar and depressingly shallow
Well artlyst.com has just reported that the Saaatchi Gallery in London will host this year’s COLLECT contemporary craft fair.
This year there will be 31 galleries, six of whom are new to the fair, from 11 countries around the world, including Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Sweden and China. These galleries will occupy the ground and first floor of the Saatchi Gallery and the Project Space area on the second floor will feature ten large-scale installations by individual artists with a focus on textiles and furniture.
Perhaps he is looking to put the “craft” back into arts and crafts. After all, it was the British Pre-Raphaelites who rejected the shallowness of modern art in the mid 19th century seeking to return to old craft making techniques thus producing works that are now the cornerstone of the Tate’s permanent collection.