LOS ANGELES, CA (March 5, 2014) - Saatchi Art, the world’s leading online art gallery, today announced the appointment of Rebecca Wilson as the company’s chief curator and director of artist development. Ms. Wilson will set the curatorial direction and oversee the art advisory program for the company as Saatchi Art seeks to accelerate its growth as a marketplace connecting art buyers and artists from around the world.
Ms. Wilson brings a keen eye for talent and a wealth of experience to her new post in Los Angeles. Most recently, she has served as a director at the Saatchi Gallery in London, where, during her seven-year tenure, she established New Sensations, an annual prize for UK art students that Wallpaper magazine has called “a career-propelling accolade,” and was instrumental in the launch of the gallery’s online presence.
Previously, Ms. Wilson spent fourteen years in book and art magazine publishing, working as editor of ArtReview, and before that as deputy editor of Modern Painters.
As chief curator at Saatchi Art (www.saatchiart.com), Ms. Wilson assumes leadership of a pivotal component of a company that is redefining the experience of buying and selling art, a global market valued at $65 billion a year. “We’re building a brand known globally for its unparalleled selection of high-quality original art at a range of prices. Expert curation is the cornerstone of creating a captivating online experience in which to discover art. It’s also the best way to attract the most talented emerging artists working today,” says Sean Moriarty, CEO of Saatchi Art.
Added Mr. Moriarty: “Rebecca’s deep affinity for emerging artists, her quick perception of talent, and her highly-developed sense of context make her an invaluable asset to Saatchi Art. Now that she’s here with us in L.A. we’re looking to strengthen our relationship with the burgeoning art capital in our midst as we work to become the world’s go-to resource for original art.”
The appointment of Ms. Wilson and her relocation to Los Angeles mark a key inflection point in the growth and evolution of the company.
“From London, I witnessed the development of Saatchi Art from nascent artist portal to a thriving global art gallery, and am extremely excited about the potential of the Internet to make contemporary art widely accessible to people all over the world who love art,” says Ms. Wilson. “In the past 6 months Saatchi Art has sold works by artists living in 100 countries to collectors in 80 countries, and I’m looking forward to helping many more artists show and sell their work to an international audience.”
Ms. Wilson is a native of London, England and earned a B.A. Hons and an M.A. from the University of Cambridge, UK, as well as an M.A. in Anglo-American Literary Relations (Distinction) from University College London. She currently resides in Venice Beach, Calif. with her husband, the writer Geoff Dyer.
About Saatchi Art
Saatchi Art is the world’s leading online art gallery, connecting people with art and artists they love. Saatchi Art offers an unparalleled selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography in a range of prices, and it provides artists from around the world with an expertly curated environment in which to exhibit and sell their work. Saatchi Art is redefining the experience of buying and selling art by making it easy, convenient and welcoming for both collectors and artists. To discover the world of Saatchi Art, please visit www.saatchiart.com.
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10 Finalists Selected in Showdown Competition from Record-Breaking 6,440 Entries
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 23, 2014) - Saatchi Art, the world’s leading online art gallery, today announced the finalists in its “In Glorious Colour” Showdown competition, presented in partnership with the Saatchi Gallery and Winsor & Newton. The prize, which attracted a record-breaking 6,440 entries in an entry period of just 12 days, is the most highly-submitted art prize in the world.
Launched in 2010 as an opportunity for art collectors to discover emerging artists from around the world, Showdown is a competition hosted by Saatchi Art for artists to showcase their work and have the chance for it to be judged by internationally celebrated artists and curators. The artist Jaime Gili, widely acclaimed for his vividly coloured geometric works, joins previous judges who have included Barnaby Furnas, Ged Quinn, Wangechi Mutu, Peter Coffin, Dexter Dalwood, Matthias Weischer and Chantal Joffe.
Saatchi Art is delighted to again partner with Winsor & Newton, who have been making the finest art materials since the company was founded in 1832. The works of the 10 finalists will be shown in exhibition at Winsor & Newton's gallery, the Griffin Gallery, in London from 20 March - 18 April. There will be a private view on 19 March from 6.30 - 8.30pm during which Jaime Gili will announce the winner and runner-up. The winner and runner-up will receive Winsor & Newton art materials to the value of £1000 and £500 GBP, respectively.
A longlist of 300 artists was chosen by the Saatchi Art community and by curators from Saatchi Art. The 30 shortlisted artists were selected by Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator, Saatchi Art. The 10 finalists, chosen by Jaime Gili, Rebecca Pelly-Fry, Director, Griffin Gallery, and Nigel Hurst, CEO, Saatchi Gallery, are: Robert von Bangert (USA), Matt Coombs (USA), Arpad Forgo (Hungary), Jonathan Gabb (UK), Guy Matchoro (France), Cécile van Hanja (Netherlands), Dragomir Misina (UK), Alexandros Papathanasiou (Italy), Jessica Rimondi (Italy), and Vivien Zhang (UK).
For more information about Showdown and to view the finalists, please visit www.saatchiart.com/showdown.
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New Prize to Celebrate the Creative Potential of New Technology
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 5, 2014) - With the ubiquity of smartphones and rise in photo-sharing services, the world has recently exploded with photographers from all backgrounds who are embracing new technology to tell their stories in innovative ways.
Motion photography has emerged as a new trend, but until recently required special tools and know-how. Now, the unique technology of Google+ allows users to automatically animate a series of still photographs and turn them into motion photography.
In recognition of the exciting potential of this new technology, Saatchi Art, the Saatchi Gallery and Google+ today announce a new prize, the Motion Photography Prize, inviting photographers all over the world to participate in a celebration of this new creative art form.
The Motion Photography Prize will recognize works in six categories and will be judged by a panel of forward-thinkers, including film director Baz Luhrmann and artists Shezad Dawood and Cindy Sherman. Winners will have their works showcased on Saatchi Art, the world’s leading online art gallery for emerging artists, and in a special exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London which will open April 16th, with one overall winner being given the opportunity to go on the trip of a lifetime with a photographer or filmmaker of their choice.
The competition opens for submissions today - 5th February - and the first category is Landscape. A new category will be introduced week by week. All details can be found at www.saatchigallery.com/mpp.
“We are very excited to be embracing motion photography as a new art form and are looking forward to seeing how it redefines the creativity of artists and photographers all over the world, ” says Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator of Saatchi Art.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Google+ on an initiative that will provide a global platform for exciting new motion photography and highlight the potential of
“If a picture can tell a thousand words, motion photography can tell a whole story. We’re excited about enabling anybody with a smartphone to tell their story in a new creative way,” says Cristian Cussen, Head of Marketing at Google+ EMEA.
This initiative follows in the success of the Google Photography Prize, a collaboration with the Saatchi Gallery in 2012 to find the photography stars of the future, which received nearly 20,000 entries from 148 countries.
About Saatchi Art
Saatchi Art is the world’s leading online art gallery, connecting people with art and artists they love. Saatchi Art offers an unparalleled selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography in a range of prices, and it provides artists from around the world with an expertly curated environment in which to exhibit and sell their work. Based in Los Angeles, Saatchi Art is redefining the experience of buying and selling art by making it easy, convenient and welcoming for both collectors and artists. www.saatchiart.com
About the Saatchi Gallery
The Saatchi Gallery was founded in 1985 with the aim of bringing contemporary art to as wide an audience as possible and make it accessible by providing an innovative platform for emerging artists to show their work. Over the last four years the Saatchi Gallery has hosted ten out of the top 15 most visited exhibitions in London, according to The Art Newspaper’s survey of international museum attendance, and is also ranked amongst the world’s top three most liked museums on Facebook and Twitter by Museum Analytics. The Saatchi Gallery’s website has become a global meeting place for people interested in contemporary art. www.saatchigallery.com
Google+ will be celebrating its third anniversary in June this year. There are currently 540 million users actively using the features of Google+ and 1.5 billion photos are uploaded to Google+ every week. It is currently the only platform on the web that is able to analyse uploaded photos, stabilize them and turn them into motion. www.plus.google.com
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LOS ANGELES, CA (December 10, 2013) - Saatchi Online, the world’s leading online art gallery, today announced the appointment of Sean Moriarty, a business leader with deep experience in both consumer and Internet markets, as the company’s chief executive officer. Mr. Moriarty will set the strategic direction and lead day-to-day operations for the company as Saatchi Online seeks to accelerate its growth as a marketplace connecting art buyers and artists from around the world.
Mr. Moriarty, 43, brings a wealth of applicable experience to his new post. Most recently, he has served as a business advisor, board member and investor in the technology, media and entertainment industries. In this role, he has worked closely with startups – including TuneIn.com, Eventbrite and Metacloud – that have gained widespread customer awareness and significant operating momentum in their markets.
Earlier, Mr. Moriarty spent nine years in top management roles at Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc., the market leader in ticket sales and distribution. He joined the company in 2000 as executive vice president of product and technology, was named chief operating officer four years later and was appointed president and CEO in 2007. From 2004 to 2008, Ticketmaster’s annual revenue nearly doubled to $1.4 billion. During his tenure, Mr. Moriarty led a complete revamping of Ticketmaster’s technology platform, expanded the company’s international presence from seven to 22 countries (including China) and steered an initial public offering of Ticketmaster shares as part of a spinout from parent IAC/InterActiveCorp.
At Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com), Mr. Moriarty assumes leadership of a business that is redefining the experience of buying and selling art, a global market valued at $65 billion a year. “Buying original artwork – particularly at traditional art galleries – is difficult and uncomfortable for many people,” he said. “Saatchi Online is opening up the art buying experience by offering the best and most accessible selection of artwork from around the world and by reducing the friction of the traditional art market.”
Added Mr. Moriarty: “Saatchi Online offers a showcase for emerging artists from all over the world to exhibit their work and sell directly to buyers. Our mission is to connect people with art and artists they love.”
Saatchi Online was launched by London’s renowned Saatchi Gallery with the aim of promoting contemporary art by emerging artists from across the globe. It became an e-commerce business in 2011. Saatchi Online presents original works of art in an expertly curated environment that welcomes, informs and guides buyers. It exhibits paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography in a variety of price ranges, shows work by more than 25,000 artists and has buyers in 80 countries.
The appointment of Mr. Moriarty marks a key inflection point in the growth and evolution of the company.
“Sean is uniquely qualified and exceptionally well suited to take Saatchi Online to the next level of growth and adoption,” said Roberto Bonanzinga, a partner at Balderton Capital, an early investor in the online art gallery. “Sean’s executive leadership skills, his business and technology acumen and his feel for contemporary culture are a powerful combination that will serve Saatchi Online exceedingly well.”
“Project A is proud to be an early investor in Saatchi Online and to have given the company operational support at an early stage in its growth,” said Uwe Horstmann, founding partner and managing director of Project A Ventures, a Berlin-based company builder. “We look forward to the next phase of Saatchi Online’s development under Sean. He is an inspiring leader who has built great teams at outstanding companies over many years.”
In addition to his board roles at TuneIn, Eventbrite and Metacloud, Mr. Moriarty is chairman of Los Angeles-based startup Triton Digital. He also serves on the board of the non-profit Pat Tillman Foundation. Mr. Moriarty is a native of western Massachusetts and earned a B.A. degree in English from the University of South Carolina. He resides in Pasadena, Calif. with his wife and two daughters.
About Saatchi Online
Saatchi Online is the world’s leading online art gallery, connecting people with art and artists they love. Saatchi Online offers an unparalleled selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography in a range of prices, and it provides artists from around the world with an expertly curated environment in which to exhibit and sell their work. Saatchi Online is redefining the experience of buying and selling art by making it easy, convenient and welcoming for both collectors and artists. To discover the world of Saatchi Online, please visit www.saatchionline.com.
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New to-the-trade service offers access to expert advice and guidance from curators
LOS ANGELES, CA (June 20, 2013) - Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com), a global online marketplace featuring original art by emerging artists, officially debuts a new to-the-trade art advisory service, “Saatchi Online By Design,” at Dwell On Design in Los Angeles, June 21-23, 2013.
Helmed by Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator of Saatchi Online and Director of the Saatchi Gallery, “Saatchi Online By Design” offers exclusive curation services to interior designers, architects, and members of the trade looking to acquire works by emerging artists.
"’Saatchi Online By Design’ is part of the mission of Saatchi Online to make contemporary art more widely available and to help professionals acquire works for clients in an accessible environment," says Wilson. "Having an art advisor is usually very expensive and only something that people with significant budgets can afford. With this service, we are hoping to share our expertise and knowledge about emerging artists with interior designers, making the process of finding the right works cost-effective and efficient."
The “Saatchi Online By Design” team of advisors will work to specific briefs in order to recommend works across a range of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, installation, drawing, and limited editions. Our team of curators can also work with artists on specific commissions. Whether looking for a collection of works, one standout piece, or an investment piece, trade professionals are asked to visit saatchionline.com/bydesign to provide details related to budget, style, and preferences.
“Art advisory services as well as access to the world’s top curators is something that has long been reserved for the world’s top collectors” says Margo Spiritus, CEO of Saatchi Online. “Our goal is to democratize the art world, connecting talented emerging artists around the world directly to art lovers, skipping the formalities of the traditional gallery system. “Saatchi Online By Design“ takes it a step further, offering expert curatorial advice and art advisory services to the trade.”
Attendees of Dwell On Design are invited to preview ”Saatchi Online at Dwell on Design,” a collection of work handpicked by Rebecca Wilson available for purchase at Saatchi Online’s booth (#1300).
About Rebecca Wilson
Rebecca Wilson is Chief Curator of Saatchi Online and has been a Director of the Saatchi Gallery for the past 7 years. Prior to joining the Saatchi Gallery, Rebecca was editor of ArtReview magazine, and before that deputy editor of Modern Painters. She has over 10 years of experience working with emerging artists and curating exhibitions.
About Saatchi Online
Saatchi Online was established by the Saatchi Gallery in London, which over the last 25 years has been supporting emerging artists and helping to establish many of them as household names. Saatchi Online gives collectors the chance to discover new artists from around the world whose works are reasonably priced.
Trade: Saatchi Online by Design
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Don’t miss out on this chance to discover & buy unique art from tomorrow’s rising stars! Available through December 31, 2012!
Los Angeles – October 24, 2012 (5:05am PST): Saatchi Online is offering a unique holiday collection titled 12XTwelve, which features 65 new works of art from its worldwide community of emerging artists. Rebecca Wilson, Director of the Saatchi Gallery London and Head of Artist Relations, Saatchi Online, has invited a select group of artists to create one-of-a-kind art exclusively for the 12XTwelve project.
Among the works for sale are original paintings, etchings, and drawings, as well as prints and photographs which are available in limited editions of just 12. Each work is the same size – 12 x 12 inches – and is priced from $100.
12XTwelve offers a broad range of affordable gift ideas for the holidays, intended to thrill seasoned and aspiring art collectors alike. Whether buying for someone else or adding to a collection of your own, don’t miss this opportunity to discover and buy original artwork, starting at just $100.
To view the artwork in Saatchi Online’s 12XTwelve holiday collection, please visit www.saatchionline.com/12XTwelve.
About Saatchi Online
Saatchi Online is a global platform for emerging artists founded by Charles Saatchi who, over the past 25 years, has been discovering new artists and helping some of them to become household names. Saatchi Online’s mission is to help emerging artists find an international audience for their work, and to provide art lovers with a high-quality online gallery where they can discover new art.
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1,000 Emerging Artists Will Be Selected For Special Online Exhibit
Los Angeles (July 18, 2012) – Saatchi Online, a global platform for emerging artists, announces today the launch of 100 CURATORS 100 DAYS, a major initiative that recognizes 1,000 artists for their outstanding work. Beginning Wednesday, July 18, every day for 100 days Saatchi Online will reveal one curator’s selection of ten artists to be included in the largest exhibit of its kind. The curators have made their selections from over 60,000 artists that are currently exhibited on Saatchi Online. The entire list of curators for 100 CURATORS 100 DAYS can be viewed July 18 at www.saatchionline.com/100curators.
The 100 curators selected for the Saatchi Online project by Rebecca Wilson, Director of the Saatchi Gallery, London and Board Member of Saatchi Online, represent the world’s most prestigious museums and galleries. They include:
- Adam Budak, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
- Peter MacGill, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York City
- Lara Boubnova, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia
- Britt Salvesen, Head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, LACMA, Los Angeles
- Alfredo Cramerotti, co-curator, Manifesta 8 European Biennial of contemporary art, 2010-11
- Carson Chan and Nadim Samman, co-curators of the Marrakech Biennale, 2012
- Cecilia Alemani, Donald R Mullen, Jr. Curator and Director of High Line Art, New York
- David Elliott, Artistic Director of the first Kyiv Biennial of Art, 2012
- Eric Shiner, Director and Milton Fine curator of art at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
- Tobia Bezzola, Kunsthaus Zurich
- Khaled Ramadan, Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, Helsinki
- Marcella Beccaria, Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin
- Daria de Beauvais, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
- Alessandro Vincentelli, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
- Hendrik Folkerts, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
- John Zarobell, MoMA, San Francisco
- Tricia Van Eck, MCA, Chicago
- Catherine Hug, Kunsthalle Vienna
The stamp of approval from these curators provides a tremendous benefit to both artists and collectors. Artists who are selected will enjoy greater visibility and recognition, while first-time buyers as well as seasoned collectors will gain confidence in buying art online, by having experienced curators handpick and validate great emerging talent.
This is the inaugural exhibit under the helm of Saatchi Online’s new CEO, Margo Spiritus. “Our mission at Saatchi Online is to provide all artists with the tools, opportunity and support to have sustainable careers and to make a living selling their art. By providing a global platform visited by art lovers from over 190 countries each month, we are able to connect consumers and curators alike who would otherwise never have the opportunity to discover their work,” says Spiritus.
Saatchi Online was started by the Saatchi Gallery in London in 2006 in order to help artists without gallery representation to find an audience for their work. It is estimated that over 1 million artists across the globe aren’t represented by galleries. Saatchi Online provides these talented artists with a platform to showcase and sell their work in an environment with an excellent reputation for introducing outstanding artists.
For more information about Saatchi Online visit saatchionline.com and facebook.com/saatchionline.
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