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My Name is Charles Saatchi and I Am an Artoholic Paperback – November 4, 2009

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'Think Pascal's Pensees crossed with a celebrity interview in Heat. ... if you want to hear what the man whose taste has shaped contemporary visual culture has to say, this volume provides a pretty good pocket-sized introduction. ... The answers feel fresh and frank. [Saatchi] is refreshingly plain-spoken. ... For the price of a cocktail, the reader is offered an entertaining conversation with a complex but personable character.' The Times 'for such a household name, Saatchi has a remarkably low profile ... of all his achievements, this is his most extraordinary: to have become a celebrity, but totally on his own terms and with his privacy sacrosanct. This is what's special about the book. ... this book tells you about how to live.' The Mail on Sunday 'frank and often hilarious' Sloane Square magazine 'often quite robust answers ... informative, entertaining and quite spikily readable' The Independent

About the Author

Charles Saatchi founded the Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency in 1970, which quickly grew to become the largest in the world. He started collecting art at about the same time and opened his first public gallery, a 30,000 sq. ft. ex-paint factory in Boundary Road, London, in 1985. His new gallery occupying the 70,000 sq. ft. Duke of York HQ in Kings Road, London opened in October 2008.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; First edition & printing edition (November 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714857475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714857473
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I got the book to try to figure out how to sell Charles some of my art. For artists, this book is a chainsaw through the jungle. Direct, funny, brutal, hopeful. A quick read, where information trumps style and smugness.
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Before reading this book, I did not think much of Saatchi. After reading this delightful book, I think that he is very funny, and smart. I love his short to the point answers to some good as well as silly questions.This is a fast, very satisfying read that left me laughing. I recommend it highly. By the way, I am a professional artist and sculptor, so I understood the storie and humor behind his words.

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A relatively interesting interview with Saatchi, but I wouldnt expect this to be published as a book... probably something that should be published on an art magazine instead. Not worth the cost.
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This is a fun and illuminating read for anyone who would like to know about some of Saatchi's opinions about art and the art world in general. I like Saatchi's sense of humor. His wife ain't too shabby either (Nigella Lawson).

High-quality paperback w/ sewn binding and decent paper stock.
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The Q&A format keeps it interesting and allows you to drop it and pick it up again without losing pace. And Saatchi's frankness re everything, especially the art industry makes it refreshing.
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A good introduction to the contemporary art world. I recommend.
And because I need 10 more words, I make this sentence.
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