Body Language



Saatchi Gallery

Until Sun Mar 23

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  • Dana Schutz

    'Reformers', 2004

    © Dana Schutz, 2004. Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

    Dana Schutz
  • Tanyth Berkeley

    'Grace in Window', 2006

    © Tanyth Berkeley, 2006. Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

    Tanyth Berkeley
  • Kasper Kovitz

    'Carnalitos (Unamuno)', 2010

    © Kasper Kovitz, 2010. Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

    Kasper Kovitz
  • Jansson Stegner

    'Sarabande', 2006

    © Jansson Stegner, 2006. Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

    Jansson Stegner
  • Makiko Kudo

    'Floating Island', 2012

    © Makiko Kudo, 2012. Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

    Makiko Kudo
  • Denis Tarasov

    'Untitled (from the Essence series)', 2013

    © Denis Tarasov, 2013. Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

    Denis Tarasov

Dana Schutz

'Reformers', 2004

© Dana Schutz, 2004. Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

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Experience the human body through the eyes of 19 emerging international artists in this huge show at the Saatchi Gallery. Through a combination of painting, photography, sculpture and ham (more on that later), this diverse group of artists present their take on how we see ourselves in the 21st Century. The works featured range from the ridiculous to the sublime, stopping en route at grotesque, challenging and rather beautiful. On the ground floor, Russian artist Denis Tarasov has amassed a huge collection of photos of mobsters’ gravestones. What sets them apart is their life-size portrayal of the interred, intricately etched into black marble slabs. The effect is chilling but also rather camp, pictured as they are with treasured possessions, dated cars and the occasional pet. The photo series is displayed alongside Marianne Vitale’s rough-hewn gravestones made of reclaimed timber, giving the whole room a macabre air. Elsewhere in the gallery, the subject matter gets a little more lifelike - and sometimes hyperreal. Particular highlights include Amy Bessone’s stunning, larger-than-live canvasses Eunuch and Faust (pictured below). Michael Cline’s series of four cautionary tales (first image) deserve a mention too for their remarkable detail and stunning composition. A handful of sculptures also delight, none more so than Nathan Mabry’s Very Touching Moment (end). Photography, too, features prominently. Californian artist Tanyth Berkeley has produced a series of striking if somewhat unsettling images that portray the full spectrum of human femininity. This collection is varied, content-rich and highly accessible, particularly in comparison to some recent exhibitions at this venue. It wouldn’t be Saatchi without something a little bleeding edge, and they don’t come much more avant grade than Viennese artist Kasper Kovitz’s Carnalitos series, rendered in Iberico ham. For more of the latest arts reviews, check out


Though maybe not inspiring, most of the work is convincing of effort put into each piece and this is a permanent redemptive feature in Saatchi's exhibitions. The little 'Misanthrope' by Francis Upritchard, a personal favorite.