“Everyone is needy, arrogant, callous, aggrieved, self-absorbed, petty, mean-spirited, spiteful, greedy, envious, ill-mannered and malicious. In some measure some of the time. Only when you accept that much of the pleasure of being alive is to enjoy your own horribleness, and the character flaws in everyone around you, will you find harmony and each day will pass more sweetly.”—Charles Saatchi - Be The Worst You Can Be
“Do any of these people actually enjoy looking at art? Or do they simply enjoy having easily recognised, big-brand name pictures, bought ostentatiously in auction rooms at eye-catching prices, to decorate their several homes, floating and otherwise, in an instant demonstration of drop-dead coolth and wealth.”—
I was explaining to my mother the other day how a good portion of the art world works like fashion, you have a Birkin and everyone knows your rich and with good taste OR You have a Chuck Close on your wall and everyone knows your rich with good taste. It has become just as much of a status symbol as a Ferrari, a private jet or a Starchitect designed home. There will always be people who care passionately for cars, jets, architects or art, but increasingly it seems to just be another point to show off your wealth.
Also, if Charles Saatchi is grossed out….well that’s not a good sign.