Stacey Winston Levitan at The Saatchi Gallery in London

Just back from London where I had the opportunity to see some incredible exhibitions and visit the Frieze and Zoo Art Fairs.

Gary Hume - Liberty Grip 2008

Painting by Alex Katz

While there I took particular note of the bronze pieces by George Condo, the Thomas Struth photograph of the Mark Rothko Chapel (which was quite timely given the fantastic show at the Tate Modern), a wonderful Yinka Shonibar sculpture of a man standing on a globe and Cindy Sherman’s new digitally altered work using herself as muse in glasses – fun and lots of lipstick (quite fabulous).

 

 

Thomas Struth - Rothko Chapel
Thomas Struth - Rothko Chapel

 

 

Photograph by Cindy Sherman

 

Zhang Dali - Chinese Offspring 2003-2005

On the museum front, the new Saatchi gallery or is it a museum, defies words. The space is simply exquisite! Are they a museum or a gallery?  Saatchi has always blurred the lines and in this new space they have created a new paradigm in which Philips De Pury has sponsored part of the space and installed works by Julian Schnabel. The art work exhibited is Chinese Contemporary art. Of particular note is the wonderful installation of an Old Age home by Sun Yuan and Peng Yu.

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu - Old Persons Home 2007

The Mark Rothko show at the Tate Modern literally brought tears to my eyes. The installation of the works in the second room which were originally commissioned for the Four Seasons Restaurant were sublime. Also, the Francis Bacon show at the Tate was equally stunning and compelling. I also loved the Renaissance Portrait show at the National Gallery featuring works by Raphael, Titian, and Vernonese.

Stacey Winston Levitan

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