Saturday, May 6th 2017
We spent today relatively quietly and the main event was a visit to the Saatchi Gallery in Duke of York Square. I think this must now be one of the most popular art galleries in London to judge by the number of people and the mix of ages. The rolling programme of exhibitions and the dazzling variety of art on display enhance its attraction, not to mention the free admission and the fact that photography is allowed throughout. As it was Saturday, the place was crowded and it was difficult to see the works, never mind trying to get a clear shot of them with the camera.
There were several exhibitions in progress, the main one being From Selfie to Self-Expression, linked to the name of mobile phone manufacturer Huawei. I have always regarded ‘selfies’ – self-portraits that people make by taking photos of themselves with their mobile phones – as a rather silly self-indulgence and a waste of time. On the other hand, some of the world’s most successful and famous artists have executed ‘selfies’, though we usually call these works by the (slightly) nobler name of self-portrait. This exhibition seeks to turn the common or garden selfie into art or, at least, into material from which art may be made. Does it succeed? I’m not sure. Opinions on this will be divided,of course.
Given the crush, rather than study the exhibitions as exhibitions, I did my usual thing and wandered around the gallery (we usually take the lift to the top floor and work our way down) looking at whatever caught my attention. Below, as the title of this post suggests, I show just nine works, neither commenting nor situating them within their respective exhibitions (if any), but stating the title, the name of the artist and the date of composition.
If you want to know more about the artists or the works, you can try chasing them down on the Saatchi Gallery site or on the Web in general. Most are easy to find there. The Saatchi Gallery doesn’t have a search function, unfortunately, but typing ‘Saatchi Gallery’ and the name of the artist and/or work into Google often finds the appropriate Saatchi page.