Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection

(Special edition with cover design by Turner prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger)
  1. Essays Norman Rosenthal
  2. Richard Shone
  • ISBN 9780500238646
  • 29.00 x 23.00 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 224pp
  • 179 Illustrations, 104 in colour
  • First published 2009

Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger, whose work was included in the Sensation exhibition, has created the cover for this special edition of the original exhibition catalogue.

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.

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