British artist protests Saatchi's 'German bias'

5th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

5 July 2005, LONDON - An artist of Britain's contemporary Brit Art movement sneaked one of his canvases into an exhibition in London Tuesday to protest against the alleged preference given to modern German painters by leading art promoter Charles Saatchi.

5 July 2005

LONDON - An artist of Britain's contemporary Brit Art movement sneaked one of his canvases into an exhibition in London Tuesday to protest against the alleged preference given to modern German painters by leading art promoter Charles Saatchi.

Stuart Semple, 24, installed a canvas with the words 'British Painting Still Rocks' in Saatchi's Art Gallery in London, bypassing security.

He said he and other young British artists had been "angered" by Saatchi devoting his exhibition series 'The Triumph of Painting' to contemporary German artists and one Polish artist.

The second instalment of the three-part exhibition series opened Tuesday.

Semple said he had managed to install his canvas in a room containing a work by the Polish painter Wilhelm Sasnal.

Sasnal has become known for using the abundance of images that emerged after the fall of communism in eastern Europe in his work.

Among young German painters represented are Franz Ackermann, Albert Oehlen and Ken Althoff.

Saatchi has been a collector, promoter and exhibitor of British artists for the past 15 years, including Damien Hirst's pickled shark and Tracey Emin's unmade bed.

He announced last year that he had decided to champion the more traditional medium of painting.

"To leave out British artists is outrageous. There are more artists working in east London today than there were in Renaissance Italy and there are some amazing things going on," said Semple.

A spokesman for the multi-millionaire collector said: "Charles Saatchi remains dedicated to British art. This is a one-off show in which he focuses on a current favourite of his - German artists."

DPA

Subject: German news

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