Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I am an Artoholic


One of the first things I will do when I arrive in London is to go to the Saatchi Gallery. 
The Saatchi Gallery inside the Duke of Yorks HQ, on King´s Road is one of the largest Contemporary art spaces in the world with 70,000 square foot. Until then, I will have to be satisfied by the owners book. In "My name is Charles Saatchi and I am an artoholic" Charles Saatchi has posted questions he has been asked but never wanted to answer before now. With this he hopes that he has given the media what it wants and to please just leave him alone...!

It's a raw, funny, informative and provocative picture of an Art Collector that comes clear after finishing the book. Charles Saatchi, so called the "Super-collector" also managed to snag and collect the fabulous Cooking Goddess Nigella Lawson.

A perfect gift for someone who is usually too busy to read, but love art? It is a quick read and at times quite entertaining.

I will give you some hints here:

" There are no rules about investment. Sharks can be good. Artists dung can be good. Oil on canvas can be good. There´s a squad of conservators out there to look after anything an artist decides is art."

"Being a good artist is the toughest job you could pick, and you have to be a little nuts to take it on. I love them all."

"...once you have bought something that doesn´t fit in your home, and has to be stored in an art depot, you're officially an art collector"

I nearly have to yell at him for this one:

What´s Nigella's cooking really like?

"I´m sure it´s fantastic, but a bit wasted on me. I like toast with Dairylea, followed by Weetabix for supper. It drives her to distraction, frankly, particularly as she gets the blame for my new fat look. But the children love her cooking, and our friends seem to look forward to it."

& This is where I am:

"The more you like art, the more art you like...

the rest is his journey:

....So I find it easy to buy lots of it, and seeing art as an investment would take away all the fun"

With Love 


  1. i just got the book last months. it seems interesting but i haven't finished it yet. i was just curious when i bought it. i also love nigella!! i used to watch her show on TLC. i love love love her show. i want to cook and eat like nigella. thanks for the post, kristin =)

  2. i agree on that statement about wanting more art... sad i can't put my money on it as i'd like to!

  3. Hi Kristin, found your blog! Love it! Thanks for visiting mine and for yr comment. Hope you're having a good week :))

  4. i love his take on becoming an art collector haha!

  5. Hahah..that is such a cool post and I the anwser about Nigella's cooking gave me a giggle:) I cant wait to get that book for my Balazs:) kisses,sweetie
    Happy Thursday

  6. Was I living in a cave - I had no idea they were married! I'm sad I didn't get to Saatchi's gallery when I was in London. Next time!

  7. Poor Nigella! This would be a super smart Christmas gift, you're right! XX!

  8. Oooh this sounds like a super interesting book...I love the name of it. Great following

    Laura x

  9. What a wonderful book! I'll have to get it for sure. Loved that last line about seeing art as an investment taking away the fun-- spoken like a true artoholic.
    I would love to go to that gallery some day!
    Thanks Kristin. You always bring us such great news from the contemporary art world.

  10. Oh my gosh, I'm so embarassed to admit the Saatchi Gallery was one place I desperately wanted to visit, but somehow never made it in all that time I was going between the States and London! (Even more embarassing since a good friend worked there for a time). I love the quotes and I'm thinking this book would make a terrific holiday gift :)