Collection: EXHIBITION REVIEW

S A A T C H I

MUSEUM AND LIBRARY 
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 2  Quick notes 

Light agrengments

Natural light

Spacious

Easy navigation

Light and Lights (the two meanings)

Breathing (the art pieces and the spectator)

Clear cleane

Instalations

Commercial

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John Cage = Painting + Music

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 3  References
 
I’ll focus mainly on the latter aspects, but a few notes on the overall history section of the essay. This is the first point in Cage’s career where he “sums up” the past in a convenient autobiographical narrative, illustrating a narrative of progress from each step in his career toward the logical conclusion in the present, and ending with some possible future directions. We all tend to do this in our own lives, and for artists or anyone of note, the autobiographical narrative is an important and problematic aspect of a career to parse. On the one hand, autobiography does provide many cues into a life story that would be impossible for an individual to research with any efficiency, and on the other, it provides a very biased—perhaps the most biased—version of a career. In the case of Cage, this narrative was just beginning to find a tone, a rhythm, and a direction that points to the climactic period of the early to mid 1950s, when the New York School was formulating around Cage and his circle.
 
The idea of a logical imperative—that everything leading up to a definitive point has, in looking back, made complete sense—is a natural part of the human psyche, an attempt to “make sense” of all of the possible paths our lives could have travelled, and to read into connections between events and notice how they led to the present course of action. To blame Cage for fabricating just one story for his career is to miss the point. Yes, the version of Cage’s career presented in “Confessions” is biased toward certain directions, and yes, it selectively removes certain influences and other uncomfortable aspects of the dirty business of life—the colorful over the prosaic if you will—to create a narrative that is positive. Cage, or anyone for that matter, could easily illustrate an opposite narrative of “where it all went wrong,” as most do at other darker points in life, and I have a feeling that he did something to this effect in the years prior to “Confessions.”
 
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SAATCHI
GALLERY

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 1  Introduction

 

The Saatchi Gallery aims to provide an innovative forum for contemporary art, presenting work by largely unseen young artists or by international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK.

The audience for exhibitions of contemporary art has increased widely during the recent years as general awareness and interest in contemporary art has developed both in Britain and abroad.

When The Saatchi Gallery first opened over twenty five years ago it was only those who had a dedicated interest in contemporary art who sought out the gallery to see work by new artists. The audience, however, built steadily over the years and in our new home in King's Road our visitor numbers now exceed 1,5million per annum, with over 2000 schools a year organizing student visits. 

The Saatchi Gallery has worked with media sponsors on a number of shows including The Observer, The Sunday Times, Evening Standard, The Independent on Sunday and Time Out.

Many artists showing at The Saatchi Gallery are unknown when first exhibited, not only to the general public but also to the commercial art world. Many of these artists are subsequently offered shows by galleries and museums internationally. In this effect, the gallery also operates as a springboard for young artists to launch their careers.

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