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Essays » Stuck Inn XIII: Charles Saatchi the Bad Man (published 11/09/2011)

image-1Regardless of what one thinks of Saatchi, a cumulative effect of the book’s narrative is to convey the staggering amount that he has achieved, particularly in terms of the variety and number of shows and artists bought (and sold) and exhibited over the years. By 2004, he owned 2,500 artworks with a value of around £50 million. The book clearly makes the link between the ephemerality and superficiality of advertising and the same quality in much of the work Saatchi promotes, but then he admits that 90% of it will be worthless in ten years time (and it was ever thus). The incorporation of quotes from more recent interviews given by Saatchi reveals even more his maverick, independent and dissenting nature. He is paradoxically a stand-alone art establishment and at the same time highly critical of the art establishment in general, especially its “arid intellectualism”.

Charles Thomson on “Supercollector” Charles Saatchi.

Essays » Stuck Inn XII: The Art Damien Hirst Stole Part 2 (published 09/04/2011)

5-polkadots2006 saw a spate of fake Hirsts on the market. A fake Hirst is not a Hirst not made by Hirst, of course, as Hirst does not make his own work anyway. It is a Hirst not made by Hirst which Hirst says is not a Hirst, though in all other respects it is quite possibly identical to a Hirst not made by Hirst, which Hirst says is a Hirst. One “expert” commented, “If people can’t rely on what they think they’re buying, they’ll stop buying his work.” One of the “fakes” was of the print, Valium, the spot design of which in the “fake” and the “original” is a copy of True Daisy by Robert Dixon.

By Charles Thomson.

Buzzwords » Serota Needs a Good Spanking! (published 04/10/2010)

Here is the Stuckists’ anti-Turner Prize press release: The Stuckist art group are demonstrating at Tate Britain today, Monday 4 October, giving out leaflets and badges with the slogan “Turner Prize Hell”, as well as an image of a long-legged model in a leather miniskirt, holding a placard with the words, “Serota needs a good […]

Buzzwords » 3:AM Reloaded (published 19/09/2010)

What you (may have) missed on 3:AM this week: Interviewed: Greory Frye talks to Richard Thomas Reviewed: Max Dunbar on Gabriel Josipovici’s What Ever Happened to Modernism?; Joe Kennedy on Slavoj Žižek’s Living in the End Times Non-fiction: Stuck Inn XI, Charles Thomson on the art Damien Hirst stole Fiction: ‘Remains’ by Michael Keenaghan Poetry: […]

Essays » Stuck Inn XI: The Art Damien Hirst Stole (published 14/09/2010)

8-spin-1Another time, LeKay showed Hirst a photo of one of his works, a split-open sheep in a crucified posture. Hirst asked its date and – when told 1986 or 87 – became very quiet. “He got fidgety, bugged in the ride back in the car to the city. Began making odd comments out of context. At the time it made no sense. Then the next morning Tanya called me frantic, telling me he smashed up the kitchen he was staying at. She said, ”what the fuck did you say to him?’ ” “I said, ‘Nothing. All I did was show him slides of my old work, the meat pieces, to let him know I had done work like he was doing years before him. To me it wasn’t a big deal, but to him it was for some reason. If I knew it would have upset him so much, I would never have shown the slides to him.’ She said, ‘You have no idea how envious he is of you.'”

Charles Thomson on the art Damien Hirst stole.

Buzzwords » 3:AM Reloaded (published 01/08/2010)

“Mother Ireland has mainly smothered its artistic offspring and driven them over the Irish sea.” What you (may have) missed on 3:AM this week: Interviewed: Alan Kelly talks to Frances Kay; Stewart Home to Jimmy Edwards; Joe Kennedy to Mark Fisher; Andrew Stevens to Max Schaefer & Jake Adelstein Fiction: ‘Joey’ by Eugene S. Robinson […]

Essays » Stuck Inn X (published 28/07/2010)

The film Boogie Woogie drops the hyphen in the title and is set in London. Richard Clayton in the Sunday Times, recorded the observations of Johnnie Shand Kydd, photographer of the YBAs, that there were “a few people a wee bit nervous about how they were going to be presented” and that “You can sort of see people being vaguely recognisable”. Art adviser Nathalie Hambro found “they were hardly disguised.” Duncan Ward, the film’s director, let slip the characters were “a collage of a number of artists”. An anonymous collector opined that Spindle’s black framed glasses, identical to those worn by Jay Jopling, were “a bit of a giveaway.” An equally anonymous “art-world source” pointed instead to the dealer, Anthony d’Offay.

Charles Thomson dissects the Boogie Woogie franchise.

» Interview Archive Backup (published 15/07/2010)

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Buzzwords » 3:AM Reloaded (published 04/07/2010)

What you (may have) missed on 3:AM this week: Poetry: In the eighteenth of his Maintenant series SJ Fowler interviews the Hungarian poet Ágnes Lehóczky; ‘Five Poems’ by Ágnes Lehóczky Reviewed: Max Dunbar on Philippe Legrain’s Aftershock & Adam Haslett’s Union Atlantic; Susan Tomaselli on Klaus Biesenbach’s Henry Darger Non-fiction: “Never ever plagiarise, but do […]

Essays » Stuck Inn IX: Stuckism and Punk (published 03/07/2010)

ctPunk lost its way as a London fashion in 1976, but revived in 1977, when young boys and girls walked around small town shopping precincts wearing safety pins and razor blade necklaces. Some of them stopped doing this, when they discovered punk. 1873 was a good year for punk. Damien Hirst was a punk at heart, and became a stuckist. Vivienne Westwood’s Active Resistance manifesto is a pompous rehash of The Stuckists manifesto eight years too late. But thanks anyway.

By Charles Thomson and Paul Harvey.