Art in Print
From Selfie to Self-Expression, exhibition review: Imaginative, rich exploration of the evolution of self-portraits
Matthew Collings gave a 4 * review for the Saatchi Gallery’s newest exhibition, From Selfie to Self-Expression. The exhibition was realised by Nigel Hurst the gallery’s director and Charles Saatchi himself who have been working on this project for two years. It will feature images of selfies from the past 500 years from Velázquez and Rembrandt to Basquiat and Warhol.
The show includes high art self-portraits on screens by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Fridha Kahlo and Egon Schiele. Collings says that you see a lot in the historic images, such as the painterly invention, the shadows and the signs of making and constructing. However this is only the beginning of the exhibition! The viewer is then invited to move into postmodernism and the notion of what a self might really be. Some of the spaces in the gallery are devoted to straight-ahead selfies which feature both celebrities and ordinary people
From Selfie to Self-Expression will run at the Saatchi Gallery from Friday until the 30th of May.
Via: The Evening Standard
Confessions of an incompetent art thief
In 2002, Octave Durham aka The Monkey broke into the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam with his accomplice Henk Bieslijn and stole two priceless early works, View of the Sea at Scheveningen (1882) and Congregation leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen (1882-84). A documentary called The man who stole two Van Goghs has recently aired on Dutch national television which includes the confession Durham has been withholding since 2002. Despite pleading not guilty, the art thief served a 25 months sentence in jail and has been legally prohibited from setting inside the museum again!
The paintings are still in good condition, however they need remounting, as Durham dumped the frames in the canal. This is rather surprising considering the paintings landed in the hands of Italian mobster Raffaele Imperiale and were then concealed in an alcove in Imperiale’s mother’s house.
Durham has said that he “would love to see the paintings one more time” and refers to them as “his babies”. In spite of this, restoration on the paintings will begin in May.
Pigcasso: The pig creating art that sells for thousands
Pigasso is a pig that was saved from a slaughterhouse now spends her days creating artworks that sell for up to $2,000 (£1,600). She first started painting in October last year and now has her own art gallery, with art collectors describing her pieces as "abstract".Pigcasso spends her time on the South African farm creating artwork. The manager of the sanctuary Joanne Lefson, who rescued Pigcasso, says she first noticed the sow's talent when she placed some balls and paintbrushes in her pen to play with.
"It wasn't long before I discovered that she really liked the bristles and the paintbrush for some reason. And it was just a case of nurturing that talent," she said.
The artwork, some of which now hangs in Pigcasso's very own art gallery on the farm, has sold for prices ranging from $280 to $2,000.
The funds raised from art sales go towards the South African Farm Sanctuary, a haven for rescued farm animals.