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

Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Gallery

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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. 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,featured the work of 42 of the most exciting British artists of recent times. Many of them – such as Rachel Whiteread, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas, Chris Ofili, Mark Wallinger and Sam Taylor-Wood – are now internationally acclaimed.

Travelling to Berlin and New York, Sensation attracted widespread media coverage, generating controversy and debate over works including Damien Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living -  a shark pickled in formaldehyde - and Tracey Emin’s tent, Everyone I Have Ever Slept with 1963–1995.

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

  • 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