Sensation. Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection

Sensation. Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection
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With essays by Brooks Adams, Lisa Jardine, Martin Maloney, Norman Rosenthal & Richard Stone. Photographs of the artists by Johnnie Shand Kydd.

London. Thames and Hudson in association with the Royal Academy of Arts. 1997. First edition. Hardback, dust jacket. 222 pages. With 179 illustrations, 104 in colour. 300 x 240mm (11¾ x 9½"). 1.55kg. English. Very good; dust jacket has very light surface wear and some ruffling to edges and a couple of small nicks at the head and tail of the spine, internally fine with no marks or inscriptions.

'Sensation was arguably the defining contemporary art exhibition of the 1990s. The first definitive survey of work by the YBAs, or Young British Artists, who had emerged in the late 1980s, it opened at London’s Royal Academy, astonishing the international art world with its vitality and inventiveness. Showcasing the collection of the prodigious patron of contemporary art, Charles Saatchi, Sensation featured the work of 42 of the most exciting British artists of recent times. Many of them – such as Rachel Whiteread, Jake & Dinos Chapman and Sam Taylor-Wood – are now internationally acclaimed. Travelling to Berlin and New York, Sensation attracted widespread media coverage, generating controversy and debate over a series of now-iconic 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, since destroyed in the infamous Momart fire of 2004.' (from the publisher's description).