Free Marketeer – Saatchi Clears His Closets

Collector Charles Saatchi has been selling off his BritArt stable and declared painting king once again. Really? “Does Saatchi really believe the claim publicity material makes – that painting continues to be ‘the most relevant and vital way that an artist can communicate’ in an age of video, photography and so forth? In which case, it would seem odd to inaugurate his triumphant year of painting with works made so long ago as to be anything but present in tense. Or is he just taking advantage of the current economic revival to make good in the secondary art market?”