AND STUCKISM (2005) - The Triumph of Painting
Saatchi promoted ex Stuckist Stella Vine as his new art star in 2004; he visited
the Stuckism International Gallery and read the Stuckist manifesto. He has now
adopted the Stuckist philosophy wholesale to lead the way in art (6 years too
late). Stuckism was founded by artists in 1999 to promote painting as superior
to (Charles Saatchi's) conceptual art. In an amazing volte-face this is now his
own position in launching The Triumph of Painting shows.
".....the most vital artistic means of addressing contemporary
issues" (Stuckism 1999)
".....the most relevant and vital way
that artists' choose to communicate" (Saatchi 2005)
SAATCHI VISITS STUCKISM INTERNATIONAL (2004)
The Independent (18 May 2004): "Charles
Saatchi has (unsuccessfully) tried to visit the headquarters of his most vociferous
critics, the Stuckist movement. In a possible rapprochement bid, Saatchi and his
wife Nigella Lawson pitched up in a black cab outside the Stuckist Gallery in
Shoreditch on Saturday."
Herr von Stuck's inside story is here
AND STUCKISM (2003)
Saatchi has reiterated ideas published four years earlier in the Stuckist Manifesto
against white wall galleries and the necessity of art being in them to be valid.
He is now exhibiting a Stuckist painting as the key work in his new show. We said
Stuckism and new figurative painting was the way forward for art. The art world
derided our ideas and our work, So will the critics have a sudden change of heart
or will Charles Saatchi get the same scathing response?
"these vociferous opportunists are revealed to be nothing
more than a bunch of Bayswater Road-style daubers, without an original idea between
them. Typical of the laughably bad work are...crude portraits." - Sarah Kent,
Art Editor, Time Out, 2002
NB Sarah Kent moonlights writing books for the Saatchi Gallery. We do not believe
this presents any conflict of interest.
STUCKISM MANIFESTO 1999, SAATCHI'S