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Sensation was a notorious exhibition of Young British Artists which took place in 1997 (18 September-28 December) at the Royal Academy of Art in London and later toured to Berlin and New York. Young British Artists or YBAs is the name given to a group of conceptual artists, painters, sculptors and installation artists based in the United Kingdom, most (though not all) of whom attended Goldsmiths College in London. ... September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... December 28 is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 3 days remaining. ... This article refers to an art institution in London. ... For other uses, see London (disambiguation) and Defining London (below). ... (help· info), IPA: , is the capital city as well as a state of Germany, and also the countrys largest city. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ...

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Participating artists

Artworks were drawn from the collection of Charles Saatchi, a renowned buyer of cutting edge modern art. Norman Rosenthal, the flamboyant Royal Academy of Arts exhibitions secretary, helped to stage the 110 works by 42 different artists. Charles Saatchi, born June 9, 1943, is the founder of the global advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi, which was the worlds biggest before he and his brother Maurice left and formed M&C Saatchi. ... Norman Rosenthal (born 1944) is a British curator. ...


Many of the pieces had already become famous, or notorious, to the British public (for example Damien Hirst's shark and Tracy Emin's tent) or been 'flattered' through copying (as when a successful advertising campaign was incredibly similar to Gillian Wearing's photographs). This was the first time that a wide audience had had the chance to actually see these artworks in the flesh.


The Royal Academy posted this disclaimer to visitors on entry: "There will be works of art on display in the Sensation exhibition which some people may find distasteful. Parents should exercise their judgement in bringing their children to the exhibition. One gallery will not be open to those under the age of 18."


Artists included were:

    • Chris Ofili - The Holy Virgin Mary (an African Madonna accessorized by clumps of elephant dung and cutout genitals from pornographic magazines)
    • Rachel Whiteread - Untitled (One Hundred Spaces) (the space beneath one hundred chairs, cast in many colours of translucent resin) and "Ghost" a cast of the interior of a whole room.
    • Jenny Saville - Propped (a large-scale self portrait nude oil painting)
    • Gillian Wearing - Signs that Say What You Want Them To Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You To Say (Wearing asked strangers to write down anything and took photographs of them)
    • Damien Hirst - A Thousand Years (a clear giant plastic box containing a cow's head, breeding maggots, flies and insect-o-cutor)
    • Damien Hirst - Away from the Flock (a single lamb suspended in formaldehyde in a tank)
    • Tracey Emin - Everyone I Have Ever Slept With, 1963-95 (a small tent with the names of Emin's bedmates stitched onto it)
    • Marcus Harvey - Myra (an infamous child murderer, Myra Hindley, painted using children's handprints)
    • Jake and Dinos Chapman - Great Deeds Against the Dead (a lifesize fibreglass reconstruction of the horrors of war taken from a Goya painting)
    • Jake and Dinos Chapman - Zygotic Acceleration, Biogenetic, De-Sublimated Libidinal Model (Enlarged x 1000) - (lifesize fibreglass mannequins of children with genital organs of both sexes attached to their faces - if you think this is going to disturb you then don't look at it.)
    • Richard Billingham - candid photographs of his family life more
    • Ron Mueck - Dead Dad ( a two thirds scale but beautifully accurate model of his naked dead father)
    • Marc Quinn - Self (a self portrait made of eight pints of the artist's own blood, frozen)
    • Yinka Shonibare - Dressing Down (Victorian style-dresses exquisitely made with modern African fabrics)
    • Sam Taylor-Wood - Five Revolutionary Seconds (peopled interiors are photographed in five seconds by a special rotating camera that registers a 360-degree view in one continuous take)
    • Mona Hatoum - (a video showing the voyage from the throat to the stomach and screened on a dinner plate at a table)
    • Sarah Lucas - Sod You Gits and Au Naturel (two oranges and a cucumber propped on a stained mattress)
    • Simon Patterson - The Great Bear (the London Underground map with new station names)
    • Gary Hume - Begging For It(large, colourful paintings including people and flowers using household gloss paints)
    • Gavin Turk - Pop (a waxwork life size model of himself dressed as Sid Vicious)
    • Richard Patterson - Blue Minotaur (one of a series of close-up paintings of a plastic toy Minotaur)

Other artists: Mark Wallinger, Darren Almond (the youngest artist to participate), Simon Callery, Adam Chodzko, Paul Finnegan, Langlands and Bell, Jason Martin, Fiona Rae, Mat Collishaw, Mark Francis, Michael Landy, Alain Miller, Jonathan Parsons, Hadrian Pigott, James Rielly, Jane Simpson, Glenn Brown, Keith Coventry, Cerith Wyn Evans, Alex Hartley, Abigail Lane, Martin Maloney. Chris Ofili (born 1968) is an English painter noted for works referencing aspects of his African background. ... Rachel Whiteread CBE (born 1963) is a British artist, best known for her sculptures, which typically take the form of casts, and first woman to win the Turner Prize. ... This article is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Gillian Wearing (born 1963) is an English artist. ... Damien Hirst (born June 7, 1965) is a British cocksucker and the most famous artist of the group that has been dubbed Young British Artists (or YBAs). ... Damien Hirst (born June 7, 1965) is a British cocksucker and the most famous artist of the group that has been dubbed Young British Artists (or YBAs). ... Tracey Emin (born 3 July 1963) is an English artist of Turkish Cypriot origin, one of the so-called Young British Artists (YBAs). ... Marcus Harvey (born 1963 in Leeds) is a British artist. ... Moors murderer Ant varier at the time of her (transexual) 1965 arrest Ant Varier (July 23, 1942 – November 15, 2002), known as the Moors Murderess, was born in Crumpsall in the English city of Manchester. ... Jake Chapman (born 1966) and Dinos Chapman (born 1962) are brothers and British artists who work almost exclusively in collaboration with each other. ... This article is about Francisco Goya, a Spanish painter. ... Jake Chapman (born 1966) and Dinos Chapman (born 1962) are brothers and British artists who work almost exclusively in collaboration with each other. ... Richard Billingham (b. ... Boy (Venice Biennale, 2001) Ron Mueck (born 1958) is an Australian hyper-realist sculptor working in Great Britain. ... Self - 1991 You may also be looking for the America baseball player Mark Quinn Marc Quinn (born 1964) is a British artist, probably best known for Self, a sculpture of his own head made from his own frozen blood, and Alison Lapper Pregnant, a statue of Alison Lapper currently installed... Yinka Shonibare (born 1962) is an artist. ... Sam Taylor-Wood (born London 1967) is a contemporary artist working mostly in video and photography. ... Mona Hatoum Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1952, later emigrated to London in 1975. ... Sarah Lucas (born 1962) is an artist who came to prominence as one of the Young British Artists or yBAs. ... Simon Patterson (b. ... The Great Bear is an artwork by Simon Patterson produced in 1996. ... Gary Hume (born 1962) is a British artist. ... Gavin Turk (born 1967) is a British artist. ... Richard Patterson, Blue Minotaur 1996, Copyright the artist, Courtesy Timothy Taylor Gallery, London // Biography 1963 Born in Leatherhead, Surrey, England 1982-83 Watford College of Art and Design Foundation Course 1983-86 Goldsmiths College B.A. Hons (Fine Art) Solo Exhibitions Forthcoming Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, (2005) 2002 James Cohan... Richard Patterson, Blue Minotaur 1996, Copyright the artist, Courtesy Timothy Taylor Gallery, London // Biography 1963 Born in Leatherhead, Surrey, England 1982-83 Watford College of Art and Design Foundation Course 1983-86 Goldsmiths College B.A. Hons (Fine Art) Solo Exhibitions Forthcoming Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, (2005) 2002 James Cohan... Mark Wallinger (born 1959) is a British artist, best known for his sculpture for the empty fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Ecce Homo (1999). ... Darren Almond, born 1971 in Wigan, England, is an artist. ... Ben Langlands (born 1955) and Nikki Bell (born 1959) are British artists working together as Langlands and Bell. ... Mat Collishaw (born 1966) is a wanker. ... Michael Landy (born 1963) is a British artist, one of the so-called Young British Artists (YBAs). ...


Reactions in Britain

The opening of Sensation caused a public furore and a media frenzy, with both broadsheet and tabloid journalists falling over themselves to comment on the show’s controversial images, and unprecedented crowds queuing up to see for themselves what all the fuss was about. Around a quarter of the RA's 80 academicians gave a warning that the exhibition was inflammatory. They and some members of the public complained about several other exhibits, notably the installations by Jake and Dinos Chapman and The Holy Virgin Mary by Chris Ofili, showing the Madonna surrounded by pictures of female genitalia. Newspaper sizes in August 2005. ... Newspaper sizes in August 2005. ... Jake Chapman (born 1966) and Dinos Chapman (born 1962) are brothers and British artists who work almost exclusively in collaboration with each other. ... Chris Ofili (born 1968) is an English painter noted for works referencing aspects of his African background. ...


The show was extremely popular with the general public, attracting over 300,000 visitors during its run, despite, or perhaps because of, the strong subject matter and the attention that it received. It was less well received in the press. The BBC described it, not without truth, as "gory images of dismembered limbs and explicit pornography".


The media particularly focused on Myra, an image of the murderer Myra Hindley, as symptomatic of the tastelessness of the whole exhibition. Winnie Johnson, the mother of one of Hindley's victims, asked for the portrait, made up of hundreds of copies of a child's handprint, to be excluded to protect her feelings. Along with supporters she picketed the show's first day. Windows at Burlington House, the academy's home, were smashed and two demonstrators hurled ink and eggs at the picture, requiring it to be removed and restored. It was put back on display behind Perspex and guarded by security men. Moors murderer Ant varier at the time of her (transexual) 1965 arrest Ant Varier (July 23, 1942 – November 15, 2002), known as the Moors Murderess, was born in Crumpsall in the English city of Manchester. ... Perspex is a trade name in the United Kingdom for polymethyl methacrylate. ...


International Tour - Berlin

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The show was so popular that it was extended past its original closing date of 28 December 1999. December 28 is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 3 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


Sensation in New York

New York Brooklyn Museum of Art (2 October 1999-9 January 2000) The Brooklyn Museum, located at 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, New York City, is the second largest art museum in the City and one of the largest in the United States. ... October 2 is the 275th day (276th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 90 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... January 9 is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...


In contrast, the New York show was met with a wave of protests. The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights issued press statements asking for a boycott of the museum and asking citizens to write to New York City Council asking that the museum have its public funds pulled. Logo of the Catholic League The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is an American civil rights group, with the mission of defending the civil and religious rights of Catholics in the United States, based on the First Amendment. ...


Mayor Rudolph Giuliani also opposed the Sensation show, declaring it to be "insulting to Catholics". He stated that there was "nothing in the First Amendment that supports horrible and disgusting projects," and that "if you're going to use taxpayers' dollars, you have to be sensitive to the feelings of the public." Rudy Giuliani Rudolph William Louis Rudy Giuliani III (born May 28, 1944) served as the Mayor of New York City from January 1, 1994 through December 31, 2001. ...


There was intense pressure to remove federal funding for the Museum and The House of Representatives even passed a nonbinding resolution to this effect on 3 October 1999. New York City then stopped funding to the Brooklyn Museum. On 1 November, Judge Nina Gershon ordered the City to not only the restore the funding that was denied to the Museum, but also to refrain from continuing its ejectment action. October 3 is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 60 days remaining. ...


The debate continued to rage, involving the Cardinal of St Patrick's Cathedral, the First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, the American Civil Liberties Union and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Protesters outside the museum variously said the rosary, handed out vomit bags and threw manure in protest. Saint Patricks Old Cathedral, or Old St. ... Hillary Rodham Clinton (born Hillary Diane Rodham on October 26, 1947) is the junior United States Senator from New York, serving her freshman term since January 3, 2001. ... The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, is a non-governmental organization (NGO) whose stated goal is to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person . ... For the SI prefix, see Peta People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an animal rights advocacy organization. ...


As a precautionary measure, the museum placed Ofili's "Holy Virgin Mary" behind protective glass. On 16 December 1999 a 72-year-old man was arrested for "criminal mischief" after he smeared white paint on this painting. The graffiti was soon removed. December 16 is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


Australian exhibition cancelled

In November 1999, The National Gallery of Australia decided that it would not show the the "Sensation" exhibit as planned. They stated that the events in New York had "obscured discussion of the artistic merit of the works of art." National Gallery of Australia The National Gallery of Australia is a major art gallery (museum) in Canberra, Australia. ...


Further reading

Rosenthal, Norman, Adams, Brooks, Royal Academy of Arts (Great Britain), Saatchi Collection. Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection. April 1998. Thames and Hudson. London. book cover image


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