Saatchi Art is delighted to announce the next Showdown competition, The Body Electric, which will focus on the human form. We will begin accepting submissions for entry on Monday 12 May 2014 at www.saatchiart.com/showdown.
The human figure has inspired artists throughout history. Our bodies have been present in art from the Renaissance to movements such as Cubism, Pop Art, Surrealism, Realism, and Abstract Expressionism.
The human form has captured the imagination of an incredible array of artists ranging from Michelangelo, Da Vinci, David, Ingres, Modigliani, de Kooning, and Freud. The 20th century led to an explosion of experimentation on how to represent the body, most notably by Picasso, Schiele, Moore, and Matisse.
In addition to being a source of inspiration, the nude figure in art has been shocking people for generations, from Goya’s La Maja desnudo to Manet’s Olympia, to de Kooning’s Woman paintings. Indeed, the nude still stirs controversy in the digital age. Facebook has repeatedly censored some of the most famous depictions of the nude form in the history of art, such as Courbet’s L’Origine du monde and Michelangelo’s David.
The Body Electric Showdown competition is open to submissions in any medium—painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, photography—and in any style.
Showdown is a competition hosted by Saatchi Art for artists all over the world to showcase their work and be given the chance for it to be judged by internationally acclaimed artists and curators. It is also a great opportunity for collectors to discover emerging artists from around the world. Previous judges include Barnaby Furnas, Ged Quinn, Wangechi Mutu, Peter Coffin, Dexter Dalwood, Matthias Weischer, Chantal Joffe, and Jaime Gili. The winning and runner-up works will be exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery.
Stay tuned for details on judges, submission tips, and more. We hope you’ll take part in the “The Body Electric” Showdown and look forward to your submissions.
Francisco de Goya, La Maja desnudo, Edouard Manet, Olympia
Museo Nacional Del Prado, Digital Image Musée d’Orsay, Digital Image