Sensation (art exhibition)
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|+||'''Sensation''' was an exhibition of the collection of contemporary art owned by [[Charles Saatchi]], including many works by [[Young British Artists]], which first took place 18 September – 28 December 1997 at the [[Royal Academy of Art]] in London and later toured to Berlin and New York. A proposed showing at the National Gallery of Australia was cancelled when the gallery's director decided the exhibition was "too close to the market."|
|-||[[Postmodern art|Post-modern]], contemporary British art, particularly that of the [[Young British Artists]], has been said to be "characterised by a fundamental concern with material culture ... perceived as a post-imperial cultural anxiety". The annual [[Turner Prize]], founded in 1984 and organized by the Tate, has developed as a highly publicized showcase for contemporary British art. Among the beneficiaries have been several members of the [[Young British Artists]] (YBA) movement, which includes [[Damien Hirst]], [[Rachel Whiteread]], and [[Tracey Emin]], who rose to prominence after the [[Freeze (exhibition)|''Freeze'' exhibition]] of 1988, with the backing of [[Saatchi Gallery|Charles Saatchi]] and achieved international recognition with their version of [[conceptual art]]. This often featured [[Installation art|installations]], notably Hirst's [[The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living|vitrine containing a preserved shark]]. The Tate gallery and eventually the Royal Academy also gave them exposure. The influence of Saatchi's generous and wide-ranging patronage was to become a matter of some controversy, as was that of [[Jay Jopling]], the most influential London gallerist.||+||The show generated controversy in London and New York due to the inclusion of images of [[Myra Hindley]] and the [[Virgin Mary]]. It was criticised by New York mayor [[Rudolph Giuliani]] and others for attempting to boost the value of the work by showing it in institutions and public museums.|
|-||The [[Sensation (art exhibition)|''Sensation'' exhibition]] of works from the Saatchi Collection was controversial in both the UK and the US, though in different ways. At the Royal Academy press-generated controversy centred on ''[[Myra (painting)|Myra]]'', a very large image of the murderer [[Moors murders|Myra Hindley]] by [[Marcus Harvey]], but when the show travelled to New York City, opening at the [[Brooklyn Museum]] in late 1999, it was met with intense protest about ''The Holy Virgin Mary'' by [[Chris Ofili]], which had not provoked this reaction in London. While the press reported that the piece was smeared with elephant dung, although Ofili's work in fact showed a carefully rendered black [[Madonna (art)|Madonna]] decorated with a resin-covered lump of elephant dung. The figure is also surrounded by small [[collage]] images of female genitalia from pornographic magazines; these seemed from a distance to be the traditional [[cherubim]]. Among other criticism, New York Mayor [[Rudolph Giuliani]], who had seen the work in the catalogue but not in the show, called it "sick stuff" and threatened to withdraw the annual $7 million City Hall grant from the [[Brooklyn Museum]] hosting the show, because "You don't have a right to government subsidy for desecrating somebody else's religion."||+|
Sensation was an exhibition of the collection of contemporary art owned by Charles Saatchi, including many works by Young British Artists, which first took place 18 September – 28 December 1997 at the Royal Academy of Art in London and later toured to Berlin and New York. A proposed showing at the National Gallery of Australia was cancelled when the gallery's director decided the exhibition was "too close to the market."
The show generated controversy in London and New York due to the inclusion of images of Myra Hindley and the Virgin Mary. It was criticised by New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani and others for attempting to boost the value of the work by showing it in institutions and public museums.