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Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection

Richard Shone, Martin Maloney, Brooks Adams, Lisa Jardine

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A special edition of the book that rocked the art world, with a jacket designed by Mark Wallinger


Sensation is the first definitive survey of work by the younger generation of British artists that has captivated the international art world with its vitality and inventiveness. As a constant and prodigious collector and patron of young British artists, Charles Saatchi has been unique in his commitment to British art as it is now being produced. His support extends far beyond those such as Damien Hirst and Rachel Whiteread, whose work has acquired wide notoriety, to dozens of others at the cutting edge of the current art scene.

Sensation features the work of forty-two of the most exciting and radical artists working in Britain today. Many of them - such as Jenny Saville, Fiona Rae or Jake & Dinos Chapman - are already internationally acclaimed; others are destined to be. The book's original and penetrating essays introduce the critical context of their work and trace the phenomenon of the British art scene since 'Freeze' the 1988 exhibition that is now recognized as a defining moment in the story of British art.

Cutting through tabloid headlines, controversial press coverage and art world debate, Sensation reveals the achievements of young British artists and the role played by courageous and imaginative patronage.

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Edition Type: Limited Edition

Size: 29.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 179

Publication date: 5 May 2009

ISBN: 9780500238646

About the Author

Richard Shone is a British art historian and art critic specializing in British modern art.

Sir Norman Rosenthal is an independent curator and art historian. He was Exhibitions Secretary at the Royal Academy, London from 1977 to 2008.

List of Contributors

Norman Rosenthal, Johnnie Shand Kydd