Sightseeing London: Saatchi Gallery and Contemporary Art

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After a busy and exciting night at the Cosmo Blog Awards 2013… I decided to have a nice and easy day sightseeing in London the morning after, before heading back to the land of the North (Yorkshire). Thankfully my BFF lived in central London, and the list of things to do or see is pretty long- I mean loads. We ended up going to what’s walking distance away- The Saatchi Gallery.

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Saatchi Gallery was first opened in 1985 by art collector Charles Saatchi in order to exhibit his collections to the public. Its aim is to provide innovative forum for contemporary art, presenting work by largely unseen young artists or by international artists whose work has rarely or never been exhibited in the UK. The gallery has been a major influence on art  in Britain since its opening and has provided a springboard to many unknown artists -both to the general public and commercial art world- to launch their careers. It has occupied different premises in London, it’s current location was opened in October 2008 in Duke of York HQ on Kings Road, Chelsea with an exhibition dedicated to new art from China.

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One of the pieces of artwork displayed was amazing art of reversing the flow of industry from tree to paper. The paper trees were made from cutout paper bags, (the actual bag it’s in) is by Yuken Teruya, whose environmentally sensitive work is a poignant assertion of the role of the creative artist; as someone who finds meaning amid the morass of stuff we leave behind. Yep, that’s a McDonald and Louis Vuitton paper bags.

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Jessica Jackson Hutchins ” Couch For A Long Time” (above), a newspaper-clad couch with the colour-streaked ceramic pots and sculptures sat on the cushions.

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Paul Westcombe “Coffee Cups”, these cups became the ideal surface for his carnivalesque drawings of neurotic thoughts that plague the mind in solitary moments. He works as a car park attendant, and started drawing on whatever material came to hand. So much great art, born of boredom.

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Steven Lowery mixed media on paper (above). His drawings are fragments from stand-up routines run up against slogans from adverts; snippets overheard in the post office or pub share space with song lyrics.

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John Kleckner – ink, water colour and graphite on paper (above). His descriptive line- focusing on hair, fur and grass- gives an air amplified realism, which tips over the graphic arabesques of Art Nouveau.

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Richard Wilson’s 20:50 (above), is a contemporary masterpiece and is the only permanent installation at the Saatchi Gallery. Viewed from the platform, 20:50  transforms the gallery into a site of epic illusion: simultaneously a polished floor, infinite clear pool, an expansive and indefinable virtual space that absorbs and mirrors the gallery’s architecture. The room is in fact flooded in recycled engine oil (from which the work takes its name) – thick, pitch black and absolutely indelible. So no matter how tempting, do not dare touch.

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The Saatchi Gallery is also specifically geared towards introducing a younger audience of art students and enthusiasts to the cutting edge of contemporary art.

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The gallery opens 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm, and all exhibitions are free of entry. Definitely worth putting on your London’s must-see and to do list.

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Back to the outfit post; I am wearing a Burberry top that I thrifted from a charity shop, H&M leather trousers and Mac which I bought from their reduction sale, Zara shoes and my old sling bag.

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Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did on that day, and apologies for the low quality shots.

Lots of love,

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