Synopses & Reviews
Q: Do you care what people think?
A: Everyone cares what people think, but luckily I seem to care less than most.
Charles Saatchi is one of the moving forces of the modern age. Founder of the global advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, and the most influential art collector of our time, he has vigorously shaped the contemporary art scene. His exhibitions, notably 1997s Sensation exhibition of the so-called Young British Artists—Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, and Chris Ofili, among others—at the Royal Academy of Art, London, and at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, sparked an explosion of controversy. Though he famously refuses to be interviewed, in this book he provides frank, genuine responses to questions from journalists and critics as well as members of the public.
In his latest book, Known Unknowns, Charles Saatchi provides fascinating insights into some of the worldandrsquo;s lesser-known but truly extraordinary historical events. Illustrated with arresting photographs, Saatchiandrsquo;s 100 essays tackle subjects as varied as the tattoo habits of Russian criminals, the Vaticanandrsquo;s favorite Barbie, North Korean traffic jams, American gun legislation, and the worldandrsquo;s richest animal. Drawing on a legendary decades-long career that has seen him produce and collect some of the most iconic images of modern times, Charles Saatchi presents his unique perspective on contemporary culture.
In this new book, cleverly designed to look like a marble tombstone (complete with marble edge-stain), Charles Saatchi relates often perversely entertaining stories that look at death and mortality in a coolly amused and detached way. In 52 brief essaysandmdash;sometimes dark, sometimes drollandmdash;and including 50 illustrations, Saatchi spans a wide variety of topics; the Russian mafia, snake-eating spiders, Attila the Hun, the Wild West, being run over by your own dog, even laughing yourself into a heart attack.
About the Author
In 1970 Charles Saatchi founded the Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising Agency, which grew to become the largest agency in the world. At the same time, Saatchi began collecting art and later opened his first gallery, a 30,000 square-foot former paint factory in London. His exhibitions have always focused on contemporary artists and Saatchis Sensation exhibition on Young British Artists at the Royal Academy of Art, London, and at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, sparked an explosion of controversy. The new Saatchi Gallery in Londons Kings Road is one of the largest showcases of contemporary art in the world and hosted five of the six most-visited exhibitions in London.