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Charles Saatchi's collection of young British artists is one of the most celebrated collections of contemporary art in the world. 'But is it art?' was a frequent cry during the mid-90s, when he exhibited the works of artists such as Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk and Marcus Harvey. Artists such as these soon fulfilled their promise and consolidated their reputations, vindicating Saatchi's enthusiasm and their inclusion in this eclectic group. The book explores the ideas, aspirations and attitudes that inform each artist and the way that they are manifested in the end product. This publication, long out of print, remains an essential record of 35 artists that were collected by Charles Saatchi during the 1990s and is being reprinted to celebrate the opening of the new Saatchi Gallery later this year.

The book explores the ideas, aspirations and attitudes that inform each artist and the way that they are manifested in the end product.

This publication, long out of print, remains an essential record of 35 artists that were collected by Charles Saatchi during the 1990s and is being reprinted to celebrate the opening of the new Saatchi Gallery later this year.

'Art today makes approaches towards the unknowable... artists reflect something both psychological and social off that gaze, something that may hint at the face the future will present. In this activity artist and critic are linked in an intimate collaboration. The artist makes unverifiable hypotheses or intuitive proposals about the unknown, and the critic drives out into the verbal open their networks of implications.' Thomas McEvilley, 'Father the void' in 'Tyne International: a new necessity' 1990, p.133.

The name of this book is derived from Damien Hirst's extraordinary sculpture, 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living,' 1992, a fourteen-foot tiger shark suspended in a tank of formaldehyde. It is appropriate that Hirst should introduce this anthology, since he was responsible for making visible many of the artists included in these pages and, in many people's minds, has come to epitomize the wild boy whose shock tactics and cool media manner give art a high profile and a bad name. His presence emphatically colours the 20water.

In 1988 while still a student at Goldsmiths', Hirst organized 'Freeze,' an exhibition that included sixteen of his fellow students. This marked the beginning of a vital period of optimism and enthusiasm. The recession provided a plentiful supply of empty factories, warehouses and offices and young artists seized the initiative, raised funds and mounted further shows such as 'Modern Medicine' and 'Gambler' in these dramatic spaces.

Charles Saatchi had been collecting their work and bought Hirst's first major piece, 'A Thousand Years,' with its rotting cow's head and flies. Support of this kind is of incalculable value; it sustains energy and optimism. Whereas struggling in a vacuum is soul-destroying, the prospect of having one's work enter a major collection provides both a goal and a context; it generates hope. Damien Hirst's shark swam into view in the first show of Young British Artists mounted at the Saatchi Gallery in 1992 and attracted unprecedented media attention.

At first sight there seem to be few links between the thirty-five artists represented in this book. What possible preoccupations could be shared by a minimalist painter and a pickler of sharks? In writing about them, the author was determined not to impose artificial groupings. Despite their work being lumped together under the rubric of 'conceptualism,' often by those hostile to it, these artists do not form a group or a school. Many of them studied at Goldsmiths' and some are friends, but others have never met or even heard of one another. Kerry Stewart graduated only recently, Jenny Saville lives in Scotland, Carina Weidle has returned to Brazil and, although most of the others live in London, it is a big city. There is no cafe society or artists' meeting place and these people do not form a cosy coterie.

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Charles Saatchi's collection of young British artists is one of the most celebrated collections of contemporary art. He exhibited the works of artists such as Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk and Marcus Harvey. This book explores the ideas, aspirations and attitudes that inform each artist.

Synopsis:

A spectacular display of thirty-five artists from the renowned Saatchi collection--reprinted to celebrate the opening of the new Saatchi Gallery Charles Saatchi's collection of young British artists is one of the most celebrated collections of contemporary art in the world featuring the works of artists such as Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk and Marcus Harvey. The book explores the ideas, aspirations, and attitudes that inform each artist and the way that they are manifested in the end product.

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Artists Featured:
- Glenn Brown
- Simon Callery
- Rod Dickinson
- Katharine Dowson
- Simon English
- Rose Finn-Kelcey
- John Frankland
- John Greenwood
- Alex Hartley
- Marcus Harvey
- Damien Hirst
- Gary Hume
- Alex Landrum
- Abigail Lane
- Langlands & Bell
- David Leapman
- Brad Lochore
- Sarah Lucas
- Stephen Murphy
- Renato Niemis
- Hadrian Piggott
- Joanna Price
- Marc Quinn
- Fiona Rae
- Emma Rushton
- Jenny Saville
- Jane Simpson
- Kerry Stewart
- Marcus Taylor
- Gavin Turk
- Mark Wallinger
- Carina Weidle
- Rachel Whiteread
- John Wilkins
- Richard Wilson

About the Author

Sarah Kent is a frequent contributor to radio and television programs on the visual arts, and became involved with the Saatchi Collection in 1991. She is based in the U.K.

Table of Contents

ARTISTS FEATURED: Glenn Brown * Simon Callery * Rod Dickinson * Katharine Dowson * Simon English * Rose Finn-Kelcey * John Frankland * John Greenwood * Alex Hartley * Marcus Harvey * Damien Hirst * Gary Hume * Alex Landrum * Abigail Lane * Langlands & Bell * David Leapman * Brad Lochore * Sarah Lucas * Stephen Murphy * Renato Niemis * Hadrian Piggott * Joanna Price * Marc Quinn * Fiona Rae * Emma Rushton * Jenny Saville * Jane Simpson * Kerry Stewart * Marcus Taylor * Gavin Turk * Mark Wallinger * Carina Weidle * Rachel Whiteread * John Wilkins * Richard Wilson


Product Details

ISBN:
9780856675843
Author:
Kent, Sarah
Publisher:
Philip Wilson Publishers
Location:
London
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
European
Subject:
Art, british
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - Private
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
Subject:
Art-Museums and Collections
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
GTR-550
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
120 color, 30 b/w photographss
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.75 x 7.50 in

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Product details 272 pages Philip Wilson Publishers - English 9780856675843 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Charles Saatchi's collection of young British artists is one of the most celebrated collections of contemporary art. He exhibited the works of artists such as Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk and Marcus Harvey. This book explores the ideas, aspirations and attitudes that inform each artist.
"Synopsis" by , A spectacular display of thirty-five artists from the renowned Saatchi collection--reprinted to celebrate the opening of the new Saatchi Gallery Charles Saatchi's collection of young British artists is one of the most celebrated collections of contemporary art in the world featuring the works of artists such as Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk and Marcus Harvey. The book explores the ideas, aspirations, and attitudes that inform each artist and the way that they are manifested in the end product.
"Synopsis" by , Artists Featured:
- Glenn Brown
- Simon Callery
- Rod Dickinson
- Katharine Dowson
- Simon English
- Rose Finn-Kelcey
- John Frankland
- John Greenwood
- Alex Hartley
- Marcus Harvey
- Damien Hirst
- Gary Hume
- Alex Landrum
- Abigail Lane
- Langlands & Bell
- David Leapman
- Brad Lochore
- Sarah Lucas
- Stephen Murphy
- Renato Niemis
- Hadrian Piggott
- Joanna Price
- Marc Quinn
- Fiona Rae
- Emma Rushton
- Jenny Saville
- Jane Simpson
- Kerry Stewart
- Marcus Taylor
- Gavin Turk
- Mark Wallinger
- Carina Weidle
- Rachel Whiteread
- John Wilkins
- Richard Wilson
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