Make a stop at Saatchi Gallery and rediscover a familiar place from top to bottom, freshly kitted out for two new (free) exhibitions opening today.
First up and on the main stage — Iconoclasts: Art Out of the Mainstream, displaying pieces by thirteen artists working between genres with a rebellious melange of media to upend the art object as we’ve known it.
Sharing the strange spotlight until 7 January 2018 are the works of Maurizio Anzeri, Matthew Chambers, Daniel Crews-Chubb, Josh Faught, Aaron Fowler, Danny Fox, Makiko Kudo, Dale Lewis, Thomas Mailaender, Kate MccGwire, Renee So, Douglas White and Alexi Williams Wynn.
Scintillating, subversive and smudging boundaries, it’s a show capable of making you question everything you’ve ever seen and rewiring the potential of the plastic arts.

Thomas Mailaender, Illustrated People #6 (detail), 2014, Lambda print on paper mounted on aluminium and oak frame


Matthew Chambers, A Day of Which We Say, This Is the Day, 2009, Acrylic on canvas


Also on view and not to be overlooked, Salon 003: Calder on Paper. Presented alongside Omer Tiroche Gallery, the exhibit exposes another, perhaps more intimate, side of an artist many recognise and admire. Infatuations with Alexander Calder’s agile kinetic sculptures are in no short supply. Their supple lines, whirligig movements and unmistakable primary hues speak a visual lexicon of their very own.
Yet the frank, motley gouache compositions he turned out readily between 1960 and 1976 merit much further consideration. These are assuredly less illustrious than their three-dimensional brethren, but nevertheless pop from their frames with their heavily saturated abstractions, sharp geometries and fat sable outlines.
Gain a more holistic approach to a celebrated twentieth-century thinker at Saatchi, and also peruse an earlier set of Calder’s works on paper from 1939 to 1959 at Omer Tiroche Gallery’s Mayfair location, until 8 December.
Emily Catrice


 

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