Royal Academy Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Gallery exhibition catalogue

Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection

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'One of the most interesting, thought-provoking shows to come along in years' - The Baltimore Sun

'Sick stuff' - Mayor Rudolph W Giuliani

'Epochal' - The Financial Times

Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection

Sensation was arguably the defining contemporary art exhibition of the 1990s and one of the most controversial art shows of all time. It astonished the art world with its vitality and inventiveness when it opened at the Royal Academy. Showcasing the collection of the patron of contemporary art, Charles Saatchi, Sensation was the first definitive survey of work by the YBAs, or Young British Artists, who had emerged in the late 1980s.

This companion book to the show features more than a hundred colour plates of the artworks in the exhibition create by over 40 of the most radical artists working in Britain in the 1990s. The artists featured in this book include Dinos and Jake Chapman; Mat Collishaw; Tracey Emin; Marcus Harvey; Mona Hatoum; Damien Hirst; Gary Hume; Michael Landy; Sarah Lucas; Martin Maloney; Ron Mueck; Chris Ofili; Marc Quinn; Fiona Rae; Jenny Saville; Yinka Shonibare; Sam Taylor Wood; Gavin Turk; Mark Wallinger; Gillian Wearing; Rachel Whiteread; and Cerith Wyn Evans.

Essays by Norman Rosenthal, former Exhibitions Secretary at the Royal Academy, the historian, Lisa Jardine, critics, Richard Shone and Brooks Adams, and painter and critic Martin Maloney explore themes including the phenomenon of the British art scene from the late 1980s; the critical reaction of the work and the role played by patronage in shaping public taste.

The book also includes a series of black and white portrait photographs of the artists taken by Johnnie Shand Kydd; artists’ biographies, a bibliography and a six-page checklist of the 110 works in the exhibition, with an apparatus of dates and dimensions.

An essential volume for everyone interested in the contemporary art scene,

  • Author: Norman Rosenthal, former Exhibitions Secretary at the Royal Academy
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Date published: First published 2009
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0500238646
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 23 cm

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Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Gallery - installation view