Scott King, littlewhitehead
The exhibition features some of the most exciting artists to have emerged in the UK in the last few years and are largely unknown in the wider art world. In Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, Newspeak is 'the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year'; this exhibition turns that Orwellian vision on its head, showing that the range of visual languages being exploited and invented by these artists is in fact expanding and multiplying. Through sculpture, painting, photography and installation, they explore issues such as class, consumerism and the phenomenon of instant success culture, often with a distinctly British dry wit.
curated by Mikhail Piotrovsky and Dimitri Ozerkov
On 25 October 2009, the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg and the Saatchi Gallery, London will jointly present Newspeak: British Art Now, featuring some of the most exciting artists to have emerged in the UK in the last few years and are largely unknown in the wider art world. This exhibition forms part of the "Hermitage 20/21" project, an ambitious program aimed at showcasing the best of contemporary art in the Hermitage and expanding the display of 20th century art.
Over a decade after Sensation and the advent of the YBAs, a new generation of artists has arrived, whose work collectively reveals an arresting insight into the future of contemporary art in Britain. In Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, Newspeak is "the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year"; this exhibition turns that Orwellian vision on its head, showing that the range of visual languages being exploited and invented by these artists is in fact expanding and multiplying. Through sculpture, painting, photography and installation, they explore issues such as class, consumerism and the phenomenon of instant success culture, often with a distinctly British dry wit.
The first section of this exhibition will premiere at the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, while an expanded version in two parts will open at the Saatchi Gallery in London starting summer 2010 through to January 2011. The Hermitage exhibition will be shown in the Nikolaevsky Hall of the Winter Palace, a magnificent gallery looking out over the Neva River.
This autumn, the BBC will broadcast School of Saatchi, a new TV series aimed to discover the next generation of artistic talent in Britain. The 4-part program is part of the Modern Beauty Season, a range of programs coming to BBC Two and BBC Four this autumn which look at the concept of beauty in modern art.
In School Saatchi, following a selection process by Tracey Emin, critic Matthew Collings, art collector Frank Cohen, Head of Art Galleries, Barbican Kate Bush, and Charles Saatchi, six people have been chosen to attend an art school established uniquely for them, where they will develop their work under the tutelage of leading British artists and figures from art world. The selection panel and Charles Saatchi, will than select one of them to have their work exhibited in Newspeak: British Art Now, both at the State Hermitage Museum and the Saatchi Gallery. The selected artist will also be offered the additional opportunity of receiving a free studio for 3 years in London’s Chelsea provided by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in partnership with the Saatchi Gallery.
Prof. Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum and the Head of the "Hermitage 20/21" project and Dimitri Ozerkov, Ph.D., Curator of the exhibition and the Head of Contemporary Art Sector at the State Hermitage Museum have worked closely with the Saatchi Gallery in order to bring the show to St Petersburg. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue which includes an introductory essay by Prof. Mikhail Piotrovsky, and essays by Dimitri Ozerkov, and Patricia Ellis.
Newspeak: British Art Now in St Petersburg features a selection of works by Hurvin Anderson, Jonathan Baldock, Pablo Bronstein, Spartacus Chetwynd, Steven Claydon, William Daniels, Dick Evans, Tessa Farmer, Robert Fry, Sigrid Holmwood, Mustafa Hulusi, Scott King, littlewhitehead, Alastair MacKinven, Goshka Macuga, Ryan Mosley, Arif Ozakca, Ged Quinn, Barry Reigate, Daniel Silver, Fergal Stapleton, Donald Urquhart, Jonathan Wateridge and Toby Ziegler.
Image: Robert Dowling, Untitled (detail), 2008. Wood and paint 65 x 220 x200 cm
Open on 25 October 2009
The Nicolaevsky Hall, The Winter Palace
State Hermitage Museum
2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad, St. Petersburg
Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 10.30am-6pm; Sun 10.30pm-5pm
Rbl350; Russian Citizens Rbl100
Bookable online: US$17.95 (one-day); US$25.95 (2-day combination ticket);
each plus US$3.95 processing fee