Contemporary Art, 1960s–present

Postmodernism and Art

Who are the Young British Artists?

The Young British Artists (YBA’s) are a loosely affiliated group of contemporary artists working in London, many of whom trained at London’s Goldsmith’s college in the late 1980s. Many of the Young British Artists gained the support of wealthy patrons, such as advertising magnate and art collector Charles Saatchi. The Young British Artists included Damien Hirst (1965–), who curated a show of YBA work at a warehouse in 1988, putting the group on the map. Other members, such as Gary Hume and Fiona Rae, exhibited in this early show, while others—Rachel Whiteread (1963–) and Tracey Emin (c. 1963)—did not, but are also considered YBA’s. The work of these artists is very diverse. Gary Hume and Fiona Rae are primarily painters, while Whiteread and Emin are known for their conceptual sculpture and installations.


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