Leonid Sokov Two Profiles (Stalin and Marilyn)
--shitty i-phone picz ftw---
The compare and contrast model of curation seems big right now,seems a *thing* right now, I'm thinking of the double-triple blockbuster model (more for you money in a triple dip recession?) of putting two seemingly disconnected (but equally famous) artists together, the Ashmoleum's Bacon + Moore, Tate's Turner + Monet + Twombly, Modern Art Oxford's Warhol+ Morris, you know what I mean, yeah?? And is there a bigger binary that the construction of East and West? The biro lines of race and continents that shapes everything from supermarket food aisles to those 'THIS IS THE REALITY OF NORTH KOREA' photo sets on microblogging sites. Capitalism vs Communism! America vs China! That new movie with Seth Rogen and Kim Joung-un! The hashtag firstworld problems! And this show at the Saatchi is an apt manifestation of this, Mark Hudson over at the Telegraph describes works as "crushingly obvious", "tiresome", "boring" and "sterile" AND gives it four stars! Now isn't that's an a perfect example of the contradictions of curation?!