The American photographer Luis Gispert has reinterpreted Pablo Picasso’s ground breaking work, the Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.
There are similarities apart from the positions taken by the models too. Picasso painted prostitutes from a French brothel, and Gispert hired his models from a popular soft porn website (suicidegirls.com).
The photographer says “I think if you go to the website it’s much more shocking. Picasso did a painting of a brothel that he visited and abstracted the women and made them pretty ugly. In a sense websites are virtual brothels. That was the connection that I saw. It was making that leap; these virtual sex rooms are similar to what was happening a century ago.”
The version above is just a detail of Luis Gispert’s version of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (Senoritas Suicidio). See the full version at the Saatchi Gallery website.
It’s part of a new exhibition by the British collector and gallery owner Charles Saatchi. It also shows a change in the type of artists that he now collects.
Not so long ago Saatchi was one of the largest supporters of young British artists like Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. The British collector now seems to be looking abroad for interesting new art.
In an article published in the Guardian, Saatchi said, “The era of Damien, the Chapmans and Sarah Lucas has had its golden age. I used to buy lots, but in the past five years I haven’t. This year I’ve bought one artist out of Goldsmiths, nothing from Chelsea. America is now as exciting as Britain was in the early Nineties.” Charles Saatchi
Other new artists in the upcoming “USA Today” exhibition can also be seen on the Saatchi Gallery website. USA Today will open on the 6th of October at the Royal Academy of Arts in Britain.
See a larger version of the famous Picasso painting.