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By proclaiming the triumph of painting in 2005, Charles Saatchi is following, not leading, a trend. Painting is indeed "back," but this time it is more than a fad. The great argument of the modern movement - between expressionism and conceptualism - is over. Painters have absorbed the debate and moved on

By Ben Lewis   January 2005

If Charles Saatchi were Dinah Washington – famed for the 1950s hit “TV is the Thing this Year” – he might now be singing: “Conceptual art was great, but now it’s out of date, Painting is the thing (this year, this year), Painting is the thing this year.” To kick off 2005, Saatchi is putting his Britart toys away and exhibiting six painters at County Hall, in a show whose title echoes those Venetian and Egyptian blockbuster exhibitions at the Royal Academy. “The Triumph of Painting” is the first in a year of exhibitions of painting at the Saatchi Gallery.…

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