Art Rage – Elizabeth Fullerton
Maybe if you can remember the height of the Brit Art phenomena you weren’t really there – and if you were there and can’t remember it then this book might be the aide memoire you need to unlock that section of your past. They were certainly riotous times for those closely involved – from Freeze, the show curated by Damien Hirst and located in a warehouse in Docklands in 1988 to the Momart Warehouse fire in 2004 this was a period of gallery openings, private views and the feeling that the art being made by the YBA’s was suddenly being taken seriously.
Elizabeth Fullerton is an art writer, critic and former Reuters foreign correspondent, with more than twenty years’ experience writing on art, culture, news and politic. This mix is the perfect combination for documenting the time of the YBAs which included all of the above as well as money. The lat chapter in the book is the postscript and it deals with the legacy of those artists. Fullerton notes that ‘In tandem with the YBA’S emergence, celebrity culture took hold in the 1990s, largely owing to social changes such as the arrival of the internet, social networking and reality TV.’ Some of the artists of this period became celebrities themselves; household names, falling out of the Groucho alongside the actors and players of the day.
Fullerton’s book is a thrilling read with first hand accounts of the time and interviews with the key players and bystanders of the time.
Paperback. 224 pages.
Measurements – Art Rage – Elizabeth Fullerton
12.9cm x 19.8cm x 1.8cm