Private View: Ant Noises 2

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"Ant Noises 2" shows Charles Saatchi's latest acquisitions by his favourite artists, or at least those artists he has worked so hard to establish in the past decade: Tracey Emin, the Chapman brothers, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas, Jenny Saville, Richard Patterson and Gavin Turk.

"Ant Noises 2" shows Charles Saatchi's latest acquisitions by his favourite artists, or at least those artists he has worked so hard to establish in the past decade: Tracey Emin, the Chapman brothers, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas, Jenny Saville, Richard Patterson and Gavin Turk.

A number of the works are famous, not least Emin's bed and the Chapmans' 12-headed monster girl, but some of the more interesting pieces are shown here for the first time. Most are on familiar themes of sex and death, but there's a less jokey element in several pieces, and even a degree of thoughtfulness in the Chapmans' 83 etchings based on Goya's Disasters of War.

Gary Hume is represented by two shiny new paintings, Gavin Turk by a modelled self portrait as Che Guevara, and Tracey Emin by an old beach hut that she owned 10 years ago, reconstructed in the gallery. Apparently, Emin is too attached to the hut to leave it on the beach - or maybe she realised she could flog it to Mr Saatchi. Whatever her reasons, it brings an engaging, almost melancholic mood to the show.

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