he [Saatchi] has begun to rely on the intuitions of those who are officially
his enemies... the Stuckism movement" - Edward
Lucie-Smith, Art Review (Nov 2004)
"Saatchi is following their [the Stuckists'] every move" -
SAATCHI COPIES STUCKISM (again)
Saatchi's new show in 2005 is called The Triumph of Painting.
It should be called The Triumph of Stuckism.
Saatchi has obviously run out of his own ideas, so he's found a solution
- simply repeat Stuckist ideas as if he thought of them first.
Saatchi is now calling for more painters in the Turner Prize:
"For the last ten years, only five of the 40 Turner Prize artists
have been pure painters."
The Stuckists have campaigned for the last five years for painters
to be included in the Turner Prize.
Saatchi Gallery suddenly states the superiority of painting over other
art forms (2004):
“The Gallery believes that throughout a period when photography, video
and installation art has been at the forefront of museum attention,
painting continues to be the most relevant and vital way that artists’
choose to communicate.”
It is a paraphrase of the Stuckist web site Introduction:
"Stuckism is a radical art movement founded in London in 1999
to advance new figurative painting with ideas as the most vital artistic
means of addressing contemporary issues.... The Stuckists are, therefore,
opposed to the current pretensions of so-called Brit Art, Performance
Art, Installation Art, Video Art"
has already promoted an ex Stuckist Stella
Vine as his new art star.
He read the Stuckist Manifesto
in the Stuckism International window.
He is now adopting Stuckism wholesale.
Charles Thomson of the Stuckists, a group of painters opposed to conceptual
art, said last night: "Charles Saatchi is a copycat. If he has finally
come around to realising that painting is the most vital way of communicating
that is terrific. But, almost verbatim, he's stolen the introduction
to our manifesto."
Mr Saatchi’s newfound love of painting was not greeted with universal
acclaim, however. Charles Thomson, who founded a movement called Stuckism
to oppose Mr Saatchi’s patronage of installation art, said that the
collector was copying his idea. “It is amazing that he dares to do it,”
Triumph of Painting opens in the Saatchi Gallery, London on 26 January