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Shape of things @ Saatchi Gallery – London

27/05/2011 - 16/10/2011


It seems like “The Shape of things to come” (not to confuse with H. G. Wells’s Sci-Fi novel) is the first exhibition @ Saatchi Gallery entirely dedicated to sculpture… although they forgot to mention Matthew Monahan’s room also contains a good number of lithographs & post-technological human figure drawings.

Riesen (Giants) by Martin Honert

One of those excessive-orgasmic exhibitions Mr Saatchi has accustomed us to bringing the latest contemporary sculpture ¬†from 20 sculptors in the Saatchi collection… fairy tales, horrid monsters or some typical expensive modern none-sense; courtesy of our friend Charles.

Untitled by Anselm Reyle - 2006

From the delicacy of David Thorpe’s usage of leather on big plaster blocks which would perfectly match an early 20th century Art Deco atmosphere to the roughness & boldness of Rebecca Warren’s clay female nude sculptures .

the exquisite Private Lives by David Thorpe... a few leather flowers were peeling off from the plaster.. oops!

The exhibition maybe trying to answer the “What are the parameters of contemporary sculpture? ” question covering international trends in sculpture over the last 10 years by exploring scale, the dissolution of the very boundaries of traditional sculpture; but many have defined it as a children’s playground where no sweat, blood or tears have been shed to produce these monolithic works.

The Healers (detail) by David Altmejd

As usual inside Saatchi’s selection for the coming 4 months there are as many great choices as there are insipid shapes built on colorful steroids. From De Bruyckere’s tissue waste to the Goya-caprice-alike de Jong’s ironic figures, there’s always room for your personal taste.

The good thing is that despite far from being of Saatchi’s best exhibitions, it’s free as usual. You have until October 16th.


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