Bloomberg is now doing what Saatchi achieved with his famous Sensations Exhibition in 1997 at the Royal Academy. It is astonishing to think that this was almost 20 years ago. Bloomberg’s annual New Contemporaries exhibition is on show at the ICA until the end of the month. With over 1500 submissions from the UK’s art schools, the selecting panel Ryan Gander, Chantal Joffe and Nathaniel Mellors must have had a hard task but they have selected a wide and diverse selection of work from 46 artists that highlights the great creative talent we have.
The artists selected span the full range of mediums including sculpture, installations, photography, performance and video works and - a sign of the times, even links with youtube.
Waldemar Januszczak, writing in today’s Sunday Times gives a personal view: “The selectors are artists, not curators. Their hope is to find significant artistic presences among the students. It’s a hope that is usually dashed. New Contemporaries is always messy, flighty, half-formed, foggy, immature and irritating. This year is no different. But precisely because the managers of the Tate empire have not yet managed to curate the life and the energy out of it, it has a snap to it, a crackle, a pop, that was music to my ears”.
Keep an eye out for these artists as their careers develop in the future.