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December 21, 2006

Saatchi Launches MySpace for Artists

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 12/21/2006 07:36:00 PM

It was only time before social networking stormed the art world and Charles Saatchi has created the first site for exhibiting works by art students. The site is called Stuart. Some students have already sold their artworks on the site. Saatchi and his brother were the founders of the global advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, which was the world's biggest before he and his brother Maurice were forced to leave, and formed M&C Saatchi. You could call Saatchi one of the best entrepreneurs in the art and creative world.

One student sold a work of art after less than 2 weeks.

"It worked out great for me. I was on there for less than two weeks and was contacted by (collector) Bernard Jacobson and sold him a piece. It was the quickest business in my life."

The site has a nifty feature that shows not only the artwork by students but whether they are online. Click on the Click to Chat and you can talk to the art students. It's a great idea.

The site attracted more than 2,000 art students to his new Web site, a follow-up to an earlier venture for artists that boasts 20,000 contributors.

"There is something thrilling about seeing the work of young artists for the first time even before their school shows," the reclusive collector said in a statement.

The site called "STUART" (standing for "student art") is a link from his main gallery address (www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk). Saatchi has promised not to buy any art from the site for at least a year to try to make the site more independent.

Saatchi was born into a Sephardic Jewish family in Baghdad, Iraq, where the name Sa'atchi means a watchmaker; his father was an affluent cotton dealer. He has described as "life changing" the experience of viewing a Jackson Pollock painting at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

For all the starving artists out there, start creating Pollocks and start uploading them online.

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