“Saatchi Gallery”

David Galloway, about Henri Barande

Former chief curator of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, David Galloway discusses his recent exhibition of artist Henri Barande’s work at the Saatchi Gallery. His greatest challenge in almost forty years… As an artist, Henri Barande has always hidden from public exposure. His works are unsigned, untitled and have never been for sale. How did you discover Henri Barande’s work and bring about this exhibition? I met Henri Barande through a mutual acquaintance I’d worked with at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. Very few people knew about his work. He was very reclusive, very reserved: he didn’t want his works to be seen by the public and so had never exhibited before. So I visited him in his atelier in Switzerland and he visited me in France. It took a long time to win his trust, but Henri Barande agreed that I could publish an article about him in the International Herald Tribune and, shortly after that, I wrote a big piece for Art News. A couple of people contacted me following the articles, including Guy Jennings, director of Sotheby’s Zurich. Jennings arranged to visit the atelier and was deeply impressed to see an oeuvre of such beauty and complexity. After getting to know Henri Barande better, Jennings suggested that he should exhibit some works at Sotheby’s Zurich. He still has a strong anonymous side to him. Since then he has only had two other solo exhibitions, one at the Musée d’Art Moderne, Geneva, in 2008, and at the École des Beaux Arts, Paris, in 2011. So it’s taken a long time to get to this point – 17 years in fact! It’s not that Henri Barande is mistrustful, but that his work is intensely private, very philosophical, very spiritual and not something that he gladly shares...

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Saatchi Gallery Celebrates its 30th Birthday by Hosting First All-Female Exhibition

From 13 January to 6 March 2016, to mark the Saatchi Gallery’s thirtieth birthday, in London, it will present its first exhibition of all-female diverse contemporary artists “Champagne Life”. Over the last three decades, Charles Saatchi has been collecting the work of emerging and established artists including painter Jenny Saville, Portuguese printmaker Paula Rego, Tracey Emin, Phoebe Unwin and Alice Anderson known for her tangled webs of copper wire. Less known artists include Swedish artist Sigrid Holmwood who will be dressing up in traditional historical costumes and British artist Caragh Thuring. Here, that extensive collection will celebrate the rich and diverse practices of female artists. The title itself is drawn from one of the works by Julia Wachtel who is also exhibiting during the show. It comes from a song by R&B artist Ne-Yo, who sings of a life “where dreams and reality are one in the same”. This paradoxical attempt to converge the fantastical with the real is the epitome of a culture driven by the lust for celebrity, and the figure of champagne as a relatively affordable signification of luxury life, the highest aspiration and emptiest...

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Jonas Wood Exhibition at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London

Gagosian London is presenting the first London exhibition of the paintings of artist Jonas Wood running from 13 October until 19 December 2015. The exhibition will display a whole range of the artist’s work. Influenced by an eclectic variety of artists and genres, from Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard and David Hockney to ancient pottery and Oriental still-lifes, Wood fills his paintings with an artistic hotchpotch of household objects, plants, gadgets and garish colour. He takes subjects from his own photographs and reimagines them in drawing and then in paint, creating a collage of patterns juxtaposed with simultaneously contradictory and complimentary elements. Wood reinvents interiors as surreal spaces of distorted familiarity. In Children’s Garden (2015), he draws from a photograph of his childhood nursery, accentuating the vividness of the yellow brick walls and saturating the scene with colour and busyness. In a second group of paintings, Wood creates painted outlines of pots and vases (inspired by the work of his wife Shio Kusaka and their shared interest in ceramics), placing the interior and the exterior alongside each other in an almost symbiotic relationship, whilst still giving them the appearance of being mere cut-outs taken from two distinct images. The exhibition will be accompanied by the fully illustrated publication Jonas Wood: Pots. Public collections of Wood’s work can be found at Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Saatchi Gallery, London. Notable solo exhibitions include “Hammer Projects: Jonas Wood,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); “Jonas Wood: Clippings,” Lever House, New York (2013-14); “Jonas Wood: Shelf Still Life,” High Line Art (2014); and LAXART Facade (2014). He lives and works in Los...

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Alaric Hammond questions the notion of beauty at Saatchi Gallery

From 25 August until 1 November 2015, the exhibition “Caustic Windows: Works by Alaric Hammond” will show the works of the British artist Alaric Hammond at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The exhibited works are a mixture of pieces created from different processes, in particular etching and corrosion of zinc plates. The plates are then mounted on a wooden structure. The principal motifs in his works are banal everyday objects. Many of these objects are sold to the consumer as tools for social advancement for example fashion accessories, cigarettes, and new technology products. Alaric Hammond carries out an anthropological observation of his environment and of the general functionality of society, mainly questioning the search for beauty. He seeks to show that beauty can emerge where we least expect it. The Saatchi Gallery is currently hosting three exhibitions: “Pangea II: New Art From Africa And Latin America” until 6 September, and “Dead: A Celebration of Mortality” until 30...

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START 2015: emerging artists and emerging art scenes in the spotlight

From 10 until 13 September 2o15, London’s Saatchi Gallery is hosting the second edition of START, a fair dedicated to emerging artists and emerging art scenes. The fair hosts 47 galleries from around the world, giving particular visibility to the artistic scenes of Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia, with several galleries from Prague, Budapest, and Riga, and art dealers from Seoul, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Hanoi. The “Prudential Eye Zone” section will highlight 17 Singaporean artists through the exhibition “Prudential Eye Singapore”, currently on exhibit in Singapour until 28 June 2015. The fair is also hosting a solo exhibition of the Japanese art collective Chim↑Pom, who won the prize for Overall Best Emerging Artist awarded during the Prudential Eye Awards 2015 for Contemporary Asian Art 2015 in January. In addition, the section “This Is Tomorrow” brings together the stands of eight individual artists selected by Niru Ratnam, director of the fair. Ratman has said of this year’s edition: “I’m delighted that we’ve built on the foundations of our inaugural edition and have a gallery list that offers an overview of new art from around the world. I’m very confident that collectors, curators, and critics will go away from START having made significant discoveries of artists and gallerists.” START was founded in 2014 as a component of the Prudential Eye Programme, organised by the British insurance company Prudential, which works to publicise the production of emerging artists and emerging art scenes on the international stage and to a wide...

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