Art Style Spotlight: The Mannerist Movement

What is the Mannerist Movement? The Mannerist movement refers to two groups: Academic Mannerism and Free Mannerism. Following the height of the Renaissance, the great masters Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael added to the major artistic treasures of Italy. Mannerism was an important transitional style from the rationality of Renaissance art to the grandeur […]

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Morphic Reef with Michael Nauert

Saatchi Art is proud to present Morphic Reef, a collection of new works by internationally acclaimed artist, Michael Nauert. This new body of works focuses on humanity’s genetic predisposition to seek connections to nature, also known as biophilia.

Nauert creates works that call attention to the life cycles and minute details of the natural world. These dramatic compositions encapsulate sublime depictions of the artist’s fascination with tide pools and coral reefs. Highly texturized and vibrant – Nauert’s works beautifully incorporates heavy and thin abstract marks that coalesce into introspective reef-scapes. 

“Within the idea of biophilia, the experience of different life-cycles in nature promotes the value of life within ourself, others, and self-organizing things.” – Michael Nauert

In 2014, Michael exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition, and was a finalist at the GEISAI #20 art fair in Japan. He was featured in the juried publication, New American Paintings (Issue 125), which included Steven L. Bridges, assistant curator at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, on the jury committee. Michael Nauert received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017.

Nauert was featured in Saatchi Art’s 2017 Invest in Art Report and has since exhibited a the Tallahassee International juried exhibition at the Museum of Fine Art in Tallahassee, FL and with Young Space in Green Point, Brooklyn. Nauert was selected to exhibit in the upcoming exhibition “Run Straight Through” at the Torrance Art Museum in June–August 2019.

The latest edition in Saatchi Art’s solo exhibition series, Morphic Reef  is the perfect opportunity to collect art from a young and promising artist chosen by our team of curators. We hope you enjoy this latest collection of works – please email with any inquiries.

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elsa mora

Gasp! Delicate, bizarre, and beautifully made … yep, that describes the work of Cuban born, US based artist Elsa Mora. Elsa does all sorts of things – from ceramics to painting – but she is also a master of paper! These images are just a small sampling of her series, titled “One Hundred and One Notions”. I’ll hand it over to Elsa for the explanation:

“This series is about perception, and it consists of one hundred and one small paper sculptures, each of them representing a mental disorder. Along the process of creating these pieces, I did research about the different mental disorders, some of which I had never heard of. For example, Fregoli delusion is a rare disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that different people are in fact a single person who changes appearance or is in disguise. This installation is an homage to the human mind and the endless ways in which it expresses itself. It is about the darkness, light, and mysteries of our human condition.” 

Beautiful. And in case you’re wondering, Fregoli Delusion is the peanut-looking piece up there!

ps. Elsa, her work, and her story are in the follow-up / evolution to A BIG IMPORTANT ART BOOK, which will be released in the Fall of 2019!

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Spinning Chairs to Study


To develop a good eye for chairmaking (or spoon carving or alligator wrestling), you need to study as many chairs as possible. Do it until your eyes glaze over.

Here’s a set of nice “Spinnstuhls” compiled by Rudy Everts in Bavaria. These so-called sewing chairs are from southern Germany and the Alps. These chairs are interesting to me in several ways. Some have a traditional undercarriage for chairs from this region – radical rake and splay, legs that taper to the floor, battens to thicken the seat – but some do not.

Check out the bent legs on a couple examples. A good guess is these came from a bent section of the tree, perhaps a branch or from the root section of a trunk.

Also, the variety of uppercarriages is fascinating. Some are joined, some look sawn from solid and some look bent.

Look through the gallery. Zoom in. Class dismissed.

— Christopher Schwarz

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The Perfect Canvas

I wonder if Chris understood what he was unleashing when he
first wrote about the Dutch Tool Chest. It’s the perfect blank canvas for
woodworkers to exercise their ingenuity. Just a quick internet search will
spill pages of configurations, colors, and creativity.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about DTC design and
execution lately. This spring I’m co-teaching a class where students will build
a version of the chest — but with a twist. My partner in crime is Thomas Latanè, one of the best blacksmiths working today, so
the surprise spoiler is students will be both building the chest with me AND
forging the hardware with Tom.

My influence for the project is easy to see but Tom’s comes from the tool chests that were attached to the sides of Conestoga wagons (a form curiously similar to the DTC). On many surviving pieces the strap hinge swings on a clenched staple as opposed to a standard barrel and pin. The example chest in the photo wears Tom’s vision for the hardware but there is opportunity for students to create something as complex or as simple as their skill set and time allows.

I’m really excited to be a part of this, it’s a wonderful
handshake between two crafts that frankly ought to hang out together more
often. The class will be divided into two, spending the morning with one
instructor and trading to the other for the afternoon.

We’ve chosen to host the class at the picturesque Tunnel Mill Craft School just a few miles south of Rochester, Minn. Unlike many schools, they offer a dormitory bed and meals included in the price of tuition. After the official class time is over, it’s open campus where students can catch up in either area they feel they need to or just hang around the common room and enjoy the community.

Now the important stuff:

The class is May 2-5, and there are openings for only eight students this go around – so please don’t miss your chance. Dual skill classes are a rarity.

For pricing, booking, and questions email Carol Adams
at or call 507-289-4189.

Derek Olson
Oldwolf Workshop Studio

See more of Tunnel Mill at

See more of Thomas Latanè’s work at

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