The Easel

Selfies at the Saatchi Gallery: This isn’t art, it’s an advert

What exactly is the impact of social media’s selfie culture? Does it create pressures for social conformity or to have an enviable persona? Is it that selfies “create the illusion … of direct contact and intimacy”? Sadly a selfie exhibition in London, prominently sponsored by a phone maker, ignores all this. One critic muses “I think we know the corporate tail is wagging the art gallery dog.”