|A statue of Hans Sloane the|
Charles Saachi of his day
Yesterday I went again to the Saatchi in the posh King's Road part of London which has a new-ish show called Pangaea : New art from Africa and Latin America.
The Saatchi Gallery like the man it is named for (Charles Saatchi) is a one off and the exhibitions there are curated (I'm told) with him in mind, the space favours the large and dramatic and unlike so many Galleries you are left free to get up close to the works.
Standout works included the Invasive Ants of Rafael Gómezbarros which have been displayed before externally but were used to good effect in the gallery here also standing out were the brick globe of Fredy Alzate and the colourful works of Boris Nzebo of Cameroonthe works by him reminded me of Patrick Caulfield in their use of Acrylic colour paints.
African art has been much in evidence ( I saw some at Tate Modern last summer) and influence in Europe
|Ants but not in pants|
The common themes to much of the art coming out of Africa and other parts of the 'developing world' if there are any that would fit could be something about the tensions around both Colonialism and
|Sisyphus might push this|
The current exhibition is so eclectic that if you're an admirer of big in your face contemporary art I defy you to not enjoy at least one of the artists works.
It's always a pleasure to take some time to admire Richard Wilson's installation using the reflections around oil to trick the eye, he's in the news too with his Slipstream Sculpture at Heathrow.
The return to the Saatchi also gave me a change to see the Google collaboration (Motion Photography Prize) that I'd seen at the opening, with less people there I was really able to enjoy this.
|The colour washes reminded me of Patrick Caufield|