Sunday, 13 October 2013

The Future Can Wait

With Frieze about to open on 17th October the London art scene is in full swing with galleries eager to capitalise on the art worlds movers and shakers flooding into London. Never slow out of the blocks, the Saatchi Gallery kicked things off with the excellent “The Future Can Wait” at Victoria House, Bloomsbury. Thought-provoking as always in a very interesting exhibition space. Always helps to have a glass of cava in hand at 11am on a Saturday morning.

From Victoria House I walked to the White Cube in Mason’s Yard. For once I was truly stopped in my tracks by the absolute codswallop on show. A collection of glass fronted wooden boxes, made / displayed / collected (who knows, who cares) by Haim Steinbach containing products bought off the shelf in any store. Titles included “Fibreglass – faced honeycomb boards, plastic laminate and glass box; plastic ‘Sith Infiltrator’ Star Wars spaceship”.  Basically a child’s toy in a box. 

With Frieze in town, which is effectively a 'Pop Up' gallery in Regents Park able to exhibit the work of over 1,000 artists, it must be difficult to find new ‘stuff’ to exhibit elsewhere. 

Haim Steinbach's exhibition at the White Cube could kill the goose that laid the golden egg. As Grayson Perry pointed out "we are all bohemians now" and hence art has lost it's power to shock. The game could be up.

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