Challenging the establishment? Rebellion against the popular? What does it mean to be an iconoclast today? That is the question being asked at “Saatchi Gallery’s next major exhibition”: https://www.saatchigallery.com/artists/iconoclasts_i/, opening on September
In the past, Iconoclasm entailed attacking of religious icons, beliefs or institutions. However, 21st-century culture has eroded the radicalism of the concept, leading a handful of distinct artists to ask what a modern day version of it might be. They do it by scrutinizing what defines a work of art.
Their responses involve diverse and often destructive ways of producing art. The thirteen pieces – containing mainly images and installations – use a surprising number of materials and techniques. From branding imagery onto human skin to structures of crow feathers – the groundbreaking image-making practices relate to their artistic defiance.
Iconoclasts feature the work of Maurizio Anzeri, Matthew Chambers, Daniel Crews-Chubb, Josh Faught, Aaron Fowler, Danny Fox, Makiko Kudo, Dale Lewis, Thomas Mailaender, Kate MccGwire, Renee So, Douglas White and Alexi Williams-Wynn.
Entry to the exhibition is free.