YBA and 21st Century Art

YBA 1990 – 2000



◾Sensations Exhibition

◾Artists as Brands



◾Thatcher’s Britain

◾Emerged from art schools in late 80’s

◾Teachers and students came together to consider contemporary life and culture

◾Freeze Exhibition 1988



  • Life
  • Love
  • Sex
  • Death
  • Destruction
  • Society

Main Artists:

  • Damien Hirst
  • Tracey Emmin
  • Sarah Lucas
  • Sam Taylor – Wood
  • Jim Lambie
  • Mat Collishaw
  • Gary Hume
  • Gillian Wearing

Damien Hirst – “Artist are like everyone else”


Tracey Emmin – Confessional Art, broken, damaged, destroys her work because she feels like she’s been destroyed


21st Century Art

  • Artists as a celebrity and brand
  • Globalization
  • Sustainability
  • Internet as the printing press
  • Digital Art
  • Turner Prize = a barometer of 21st century art

Andy Goldsworthy – works with nature to make art, nature is art, doesn’t last forever

Cornelia Parker – flattens objects, interested in cartoons

Jenny Holzer – focuses on text

Julian Opie – stylized, inspiration from everyday stuff, contemporary images, digital

David Shriglet – humorous, child like drawings

 Banksy – Political message


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