BOILER ROOM ARTIST
@ The Museum of New Art
In the art world, Charles Saatchi’s name is already written in stone. To some he is the greatest thing that ever happened to contemporary art. His passion for art is unquestioned. To others, however, he is a dealer in collector's stock, using his influence to manipulate the market. He buys an artist's work in bulk and at low prices, then watches. There are many takers for the Charles Saatchi brand. Art prices can both rocket and plummet at his whim.
There once was a time - and it wasn't so long ago - that Mr Saatchi used to spend his Saturday mornings trawling the edgier, grungier, not-yet-gentrified areas of London for up-and-coming, smart young art talent.
The British collector still goes shopping on Saturday mornings, but these days he mostly stays closer to home in Chelsea. And his discoveries now tend to be more modest when you consider his latest stumble on an art find in the downstairs of his new Chelsea gallery at Sloane Square.
was born in Graz, Austria in 1950 but moved with
his parents to England as a young boy. He now lives in works in London.
Strumpf's boiler room art has been likened to the recent discovery of British cave paintings in Church Hole cave in Creswell Crags, Derbyshire. It is that important to Mr Saatchi, who almost never grants interviews or speaks publicly. He has described the fresh drywall work in his gallery's basement as "infinitely more exciting than almost anything seen upstairs in years".