The Saatchi Gallery is home this weekend to the Strarta Art Fair, which aims to showcase some of the best of modern and contemporary art. The Gallery works well for the Fair, giving a variety of different size of spaces and a nice size compared to the huge fairs such as Frieze. There was a good, but limited, selection of galleries both from the UK and from Europe and a number of projects which added to the event. For future Fairs, however, I would encourage the organisers to try to move away from last century’s work; the best things were those which were hot and current. The Saatchi provides great spaces for sculptural art and I think this was the most successful, though the magnificent photographs of Christian Voigt were also displayed well. Recycked materials were included in William Bester’s sculpture “Trojan Horse” and Matthew Small’s sculptural portraits. There was an influx of gorillas from several artists including Iain Nutting and Sebiha Demir. Russel West’s acrylic works had moved into new territory with a sunburst of colour and Chris Bracey provided a witty commentary on religion in the modern world.
One of the most interesting galleries was JGM Art which was showcasing Australian indigenous art, evocative of the better part of the exhibition running at the Royal Academy.
Star Wars provided the theme for one of the interesting art projects – a regiment of Star Wars helmets decorated and sculpted by a galaxy of contemporary artists. “Flux – City of Change” provided an international theme with art by young artists from India and Singapore.
All in all, a successful Fair and I hope it continues in future years.