Charles Saatchi
British businessman
Charles Saatchi
Charles Saatchi is the co-founder with his brother Maurice of the global advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, and led that business – the world's largest advertising agency in the 1980s – until they were forced out in 1995. In the same year the Saatchi brothers formed a new agency called M&C Saatchi.
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The 10 Most Controversial Art Projects Of The Last Century
Huffington Post - 7 months
This article originally appeared on artnet News. The art world is no stranger to the gasp-inducing project or performance: in fact, it seems at times to thrive on it. In these dog days of summer, when the art world slows down and the tumbleweeds approach Chelsea, we’re excited to hear that provocative exhibitions are still taking place around the world. In Tokyo, ASAKUSA gallery is showing “Radical Democracy,” which features the work of artists Thomas Hirschhorn and Santiago Sierra. Sierra, in particular, has gotten flack for recruiting menial laborers in his work, and paying them a small rate to tattoo them, dye their hair, or make them sit in cardboard boxes. It is the transparency of power that makes the audience uncomfortable. “Nothing has changed since the Middle Ages,” the Spanish artist told BOMB magazine in 2004. He continues, “Art is conceptual entertainment. Regardless of how radical it is, it has a great penetration on the market.” Below are the last century’s 10 ...
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Artist Tracey Emin's unmade bed sells for $3.8 million
Yahoo News - over 2 years
British artist Tracey Emin's controversial 'My Bed' sold for £2.2 million ($3.8 million, 2.8 million euro), almost double its guide price, at an auction in London on Tuesday. The work, a rumpled bed surrounded by the intimate debris of empty bottles of vodka, cigarette packets and condoms, attracted controversy when it was shortlisted for the 1999 Turner Prize, prompting a debate about the state of contemporary art. Among the most well-known pieces produced by the Young British Artists generation of Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas that came to prominence in the 1990s, the installation had been priced at between £800,000 and £1.2 million ahead of the sale at Christie's auction house. It was bought by wealthy art dealer Charles Saatchi for a reported £150,000 in 2000.
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British artist Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' heads for auction
Yahoo News - over 2 years
Tracey Emin's "My Bed", complete with cigarette butts, crumpled sheets and underwear, is up for auction for the first time, Christie's said on Wednesday. Emin's bed, which caused a sensation when it was first exhibited and raised questions about what was and was not art, is expected to sell for between 800,000 pounds and 1.2 million pounds ($1.34-2.02 million) when it goes on sale July, Christie's said. The installation, which Emin displayed at The Tate Modern in 1999 in a failed bid for that year's Turner Prize, is being sold from the art collection of advertising tycoon Charles Saatchi.
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Father of TV chef Lawson's assistants arrested for mob ties
Yahoo News - about 3 years
By Manuela D'Alessandro MILAN (Reuters) - The father of two former Italian assistants of Britain's celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has been arrested for conspiring to sell cocaine and hashish as a member of the Calabrian mafia, investigators said on Thursday. In a court case that ended last month, sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo were cleared of defrauding Lawson and her ex-husband Charles Saatchi of 685,000 pounds. Michele Grillo, 66, was taken into custody on Wednesday after a long investigation into the criminal activities in Italy's financial capital Milan of the Barbaro-Papalia mafia clan, which is based in the small Calabrian town of Plati.
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Nigella Lawson: I've taken cocaine
Guardian (UK) - about 3 years
I have a life problem, not a drug problem, says TV chef, admitting to taking cocaine with first husband and in 2010 After a week of swirling allegations of a decade of daily drug use by one of Britain's best loved TV chefs, Nigella Lawson stood upright in the witness box and faced the inevitable question. Was she or had she ever been a drug user? And with that, the self-styled "domestic goddess" revealed to court eight of Isleworth Crown Court that she had taken cocaine with her dying first husband, John Diamond, more than a decade ago. She also admitted to taking the class A drug again with a friend in the summer of 2010 at a time when subject to what she described as acts of "intimate terrorism" by her second husband Charles Saatchi. But the television cook, who appears on screen in the United States as well as Britain, denied to the court that she had a drug problem. Instead, she chose to admit to "a life problem" and it was that which had brought her to taking the drug again. ...
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Nigella Lawson Claims Charles Saatchi Threatened To Destroy Her
Huffington Post - about 3 years
LONDON (AP) — Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson admitted Wednesday in a U.K. court that she had taken cocaine a handful of times. But she denied habitually using illegal drugs and accused her ex-husband of spreading that allegation to savage her reputation. Lawson said ex-husband Charles Saatchi, a wealthy art dealer and advertising mogul, had threatened to destroy her if she did not clear his name after he was photographed gripping her throat outside Scott's restaurant in London, a widely published image that was soon followed by a divorce. "He told everyone that he was taking cocaine out of my nose at Scott's when he knows that is a lie," Lawson said, testifying at the trial of two former assistants accused of fraudulently using the couple's credit cards. Lawson, 53, appeared as a prosecution witness at the fraud trial of Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo, longtime employees who worked as nannies, cleaners and assistants in the couple's home. Coverage of the trial has focused more on ...
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Nigella Lawson to give evidence in trial of former assistants
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson was on Wednesday expected to testify in the trial of her two former personal assistants, a trial that earlier revealed emails from her ex-husband accusing her of using cocaine. Art dealer Charles Saatchi last week told Isleworth Crown Court that he had no proof that his ex-wife had taken drugs -- but admitted he had sent an email claiming she was "off her head". The email he wrote to Lawson was read in full to jurors at the trial of the Italian sisters who were personal assistants to the couple. The pair are accused of fraudulently spending £685,000 on Saatchi's company credit cards.
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Nigella Lawson set to spill the beans on Oprah Winfrey after drugs allegations - Mirror.co.uk
Google News - about 3 years
Mirror.co.uk Nigella Lawson set to spill the beans on Oprah Winfrey after drugs allegations Mirror.co.uk Nigella Lawson is planning a sensational tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in the New Year as she battles to rebuild her shattered reputation. The TV cook will be quizzed by US chat show queen Oprah about her alleged cocaine habit and the bitter split ... Trinny Woodall and Charles Saatchi head out for yet ANOTHER romantic meal ...Daily Mail Nigella Lawson's Ex-Husband Says He's Never Seen Ex Take DrugsABC News Charles Saatchi: Nigella Lawson Drug Use Claims Were a "Mistake"Steuben Courier all 56 news articles »
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No proof Nigella Lawson took drugs, says ex-husband Charles Saatchi - Toronto Star
Google News - about 3 years
The Guardian No proof Nigella Lawson took drugs, says ex-husband Charles Saatchi Toronto Star LONDON—Millionaire art dealer Charles Saatchi told a British court on Friday he had no proof that his celebrity ex-wife, TV chef Nigella Lawson, ever took drugs — days after the release of an email in which he referred to the celebrity chef as drug-addled. Nigella Lawson's ex-husband says he never saw her take drugsCNN Saatchi: No evidence Nigella Lawson took drugsThe Seattle Times Charles Saatchi Says He Was 'Utterly Heartbroken' to Split from Nigella LawsonPeople Magazine Telegraph.co.uk -The Australian -New York Daily News all 708 news articles »
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Saatchi says has no proof ex-wife Nigella Lawson took drugs
Yahoo News - about 3 years
By Alexander Winning LONDON (Reuters) - Millionaire art dealer Charles Saatchi told a British court on Friday he had no proof that his celebrity ex-wife, TV chef Nigella Lawson, ever took drugs. Earlier this week, two of Lawson's former personal assistants alleged that she was a regular user of cocaine and other drugs as part of their defense in an ongoing fraud trial. Lawson, often nicknamed the "Domestic Goddess" after the title of one of her best-selling recipe books, is a cookery author who is popular in Britain and the United States. Saatchi and Lawson ended their 10-year marriage in July, and he accepted a police caution after newspapers published pictures of him with his hands around his ex-wife's neck at a London restaurant a month earlier.
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Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi 'were not told about fraud suspicions'
Guardian (UK) - about 3 years
Accountant tells court he did not share concerns about assistants' spending with couple as he felt they were trivial Charles Saatchi's accountant has told a court he did not tell his boss and his boss's ex-wife Nigella Lawson his suspicions that their personal assistants were spending thousands of pounds of their money as he did not want to bother them with "trivial matters". Rahul Gajjar said he first became aware that the Italian sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo were using credit cards lent to them by the celebrity couple to buys things for themselves at the beginning of last year. While Francesca Grillo's average monthly spend was £48,000 and Elisabetta Grillo's was £28,000, the other personal assistants employed by Saatchi spent a maximum of £8,000. Asked by the prosecutor Jane Carpenter why he did not go to Saatchi and Lawson with his suspicions straight away, Gajjar said: "It was on the back burner. We were dealing with more corporate matters – more serious corporate ...
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Saatchi's Excellent Body Language Show Scratches the Itch for New Art
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I go along to each new opening at Saatchi's Chelsea gallery with some trepidation. There are times you find room after room of dull, meaningless pieces veering between the pretentious and the banal, that try as you might you can find no connection with. Else times you're left floating along the Kings Road with feelings of great possibility, glorying in humankind. You never really know what to expect when you rock up to the Duke Of York's HQ. That, I guess, is the risk of trying to find something that takes contemporary art in a fresh direction. The latest show at the gallery, I'm happy to say, is not in any way disappointing. It is in fact one of the most gratifying collections of newish art in the capital at the moment. Carnalitos - Arana (2010) by Kasper Kovitz Saatchi's Body Language is evidence of all that is good about the man's principal raison d'être, to discover new talent, nurture it and bring it to a squeamish public in a palatable way. He might be making oodles ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charles Saatchi
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 72
    Unusually for a creative consultancy, they took on employees: John Hegarty – previously Saatchi's art director at Benton & Bowles, who would later go on to run rival agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty – and Jeremy Sinclair, who as of 2016 still retains a senior role at M&C Saatchi.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to offering consulting with ad agencies they also took on some clients directly. In 1970, he started the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi with his brother Maurice, which by 1986 – following its acquisition of advertising firm Ted Bates – had grown to be the largest ad agency in the world, with over 600 offices. Successful campaigns in the UK included Silk Cut's advertisements in preparation for the ban on named tobacco advertising, and the Conservative Party's 1979 general election victory – led by Margaret Thatcher through the slogan "Labour Isn't Working". At the turn of 1995, Saatchi and his brother left the agency, and together founded the rival M&C Saatchi agency, taking with them many of their management and creative staff, as well as a number of clients – including British Airways.
  • 2014
    Age 70
    The Saatchi Gallery featured in a list of the most visited art museums in the world, based on an attendance survey for 2014, compiled by The Art Newspaper, with 1,505,608 visitors.
    More Details Hide Details In the same survey, the gallery was shown to have hosted 15 of the 20 most visited exhibitions in London over the last 5 years. Books published by Charles Saatchi include: Looking Over Your Opponent's Shoulder. (1998) Bow Publications. ISBN 0861291484 Charles Saatchi: Question. (2010) Phaidon. ISBN 9780714857091 My Name Is Charles Saatchi And I Am An Artoholic. (2012) Phaidon. ISBN 9781861543332 Be the Worst You Can be: Life's Too Long for Patience and Virtue. (2012) Abrams. ISBN 9781419703737 The Naked Eye. (2013) Booth-Clibborn Editions. ISBN 9781861543400 Babble. (2013) Booth-Clibborn Editions. ISBN 9781861543370 Known Unknowns. (2014) Booth-Clibborn Editions. ISBN 9781861543608 DEAD, A Celebration of Mortality. (2015) Booth-Clibborn Editions. ISBN 9781861543592 Beyond Belief: Racist, Sexist, Rude, Crude and Dishonest: The Golden Age of Madison Avenue. (2015) Booth-Clibborn Editions. ISBN 9781861543721
  • 2013
    Age 69
    In early July, it was announced that the couple were to divorce. Lawson cited ongoing unreasonable behaviour in her divorce petition. On 31 July 2013, seven weeks after the incident, Saatchi and Lawson were granted a decree nisi, ending their ten-year marriage.
    More Details Hide Details They reached a private financial settlement. R v Grillo and Grillo, a trial for fraud involving the former couple's two Italian-born personal assistants, sisters Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo, began on 27 November 2013.
    In June 2013, while dining at Scott's, a London seafood restaurant, Saatchi was photographed with his hand around Lawson's throat.
    More Details Hide Details The day after the pictures were published, Saatchi said they were misleading and depicted only a "playful tiff".
  • 2011
    Age 67
    Saatchi married his third wife, British journalist, author and cook Nigella Lawson, having drawn disapproval when she moved in with him nine months after her previous husband's death. In January 2011, Saatchi and Lawson moved from their former home in Belgravia to a new home in Chelsea, London.
    More Details Hide Details This was a double fronted seven-bedroom villa converted from its former use as a warehouse and conveniently situated only 200 metres from Saatchi's contemporary art gallery in King's Road, London. They lived with her two children Cosima and Bruno, as well as Phoebe.
  • 2009
    Age 65
    According to the Times Online, Saatchi is "reclusive", even hiding from clients when they visited his agency's offices and, as of February 2009, has only ever granted two newspaper interviews.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1999
    Age 55
    In February 1999, he gave an additional 100 pieces of artwork from his collection to the Arts Council of Great Britain.
    More Details Hide Details In July 2010, Charles Saatchi announced he would be donating the Saatchi Gallery and over 200 works of art to the British public. The donation was estimated to be worth £30 million. He has donated over 100 works to the Tate Gallery, Art for Hospitals and the Arts Council.
  • 1998
    Age 54
    In December 1998, Saatchi donated 130 artworks to a Christie's auction that raised £1.7 million, creating scholarship bursaries at four London art schools.
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    He and his brother founded an independent Jewish synagogue, named Saatchi Shul in Maida Vale, London, England, in 1998, in honour of their parents.
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  • 1997
    Age 53
    His renown as a patron peaked in 1997, when part of his collection was shown at the Royal Academy as the exhibition Sensation, which travelled to Berlin and New York causing headlines and some offence (for example, to the families of children murdered by Myra Hindley, who was portrayed in one of the works), and consolidating the position of Hirst, Emin and other YBAs.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, he published the book My Name Is Charles Saatchi And I Am An Artoholic. Subtitled "Everything You Need To Know About Art, Ads, Life, God And Other Mysteries And Weren't Afraid To Ask", it presents Saatchi's answers to a number of questions submitted by members of the public and journalists. From November to December 2009, he had a television programme on the BBC called School of Saatchi in which he gave young aspiring artists an opportunity to showcase their work. He made no appearance in the programme, only communicating through an assistant. In July 2010, Charles Saatchi announced he would be donating the Saatchi Gallery and over 200 works of art to the British public.
  • FORTIES
  • 1991
    Age 47
    In 1991, he acquired major artworks by Hirst and Marc Quinn, becoming instrumental in launching their careers.
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  • 1990
    Age 46
    His taste has mutated from American abstraction and minimalism to the Young British Artists (YBAs), whose work he first saw at Goldsmith's Art School. At the YBAs' 1990 Gambler exhibition, Saatchi bought Damian Hirst's first major 'animal' installation, A Thousand Years.
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  • 1985
    Age 41
    The building was transformed by architect Max Gordon into the Saatchi Gallery, which was subsequently opened to the public in February 1985 to exhibit the art Saatchi had collected.
    More Details Hide Details At one point the Saatchi collection contained 11 works by Donald Judd, 21 by Sol LeWitt, 23 by Anselm Kiefer, 17 Andy Warhols and 27 by Julian Schnabel.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 29
    They lived together for six years before getting married in 1973 and divorcing in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Saatchi's second wife was Kay Hartenstein (to whom he was married from 1990 to 2001) an American Condé Nast advertising executive from Little Rock, Arkansas. Together they have a daughter, Phoebe.
  • 1969
    Age 25
    In 1969, at age 26, Saatchi purchased his first work of art by Sol LeWitt, a New York minimalist.
    More Details Hide Details Saatchi initially patronised the Lisson Gallery in Marylebone, London, which specialised in American minimalist works. He later purchased an entire show by Robert Mangold. In the early 1980s, Saatchi purchased a cement-floored and steel-girded warehouse at 98A Boundary Road in the residential London suburb of St. John's Wood.
  • 1967
    Age 23
    Saatchi paired up with art director Ross Cramer and they worked as a team at Collett Dickenson Pearce and John Collins & Partners before leaving in 1967 to open creative consultancy Cramer Saatchi.
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  • 1965
    Age 21
    In 1965, Saatchi undertook his first advertising role as a copywriter in the London office of Benton & Bowles, where he met Doris Lockhart (later his first wife).
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Age 3
    In 1947 his father, a textile merchant, anticipated the flight that tens of thousands of Iraqi Jews would soon make to avoid persecution and relocated his family to Finchley, London.
    More Details Hide Details Nathan Saatchi purchased two textile mills in north London and after a time rebuilt a thriving business. Eventually the family would settle into an eight-bedroom house in Hampstead Lane, Highgate. Saatchi attended Christ's College, a grammar school in north London. During this time, he developed an obsession with US pop culture, including the music of Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Chuck Berry. He has described as "life-changing" the experience of viewing a Jackson Pollock painting at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He then progressed to study at the London College of Communication.
  • 1943
    Born
    Born on June 9, 1943.
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