Freeze, Sensation & the 90s London Art Rebellion

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It was whilst studying art at Goldsmith's in 1988 that Damien Hirst decided to organise an exhibition — Freeze — to showcase his work, and that of his fellow students, including Gary Hume, Michael Landy and Angela Bulloch. Recognising an exciting momentum and an exceptional wealth of talent, Goldsmith's tutor, Michael Craig-Martin would later christen this tenacious group the 'Young British Artists'. Many of the Freeze participants were later included in the blockbuster exhibition Sensation at the Royal Academy of Arts, made up of works owned by influential collector, Charles Saatchi, and curated by Norman Rosenthal. Art-dealer turned photographer, Johnnie Shand Kydd, was on hand to document the YBAs beginnings as art students, and their meteoric rise to the Royal Academy, the Turner Prize, and the international art stage.

Freeze, Sensation & the 90s London Art Rebellion

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