High Art Lite: The Rise and Fall of Young British Art

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Verso, 2006 - Art - 356 pages
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A scathing and incisive critique of the contemporary art world, in an updated new edition.

This extensively illustrated book is a lacerating account of the new British art scene which emerged in the 1990s, its legacy in the 21st century, and what it tells us about the fate of high art in contemporary society. High Art Lite takes a critical look at the phenomenal success of YBA, young British artists obsessed with commerce, mass media and the cult of personalityDamien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Marcus Harvey, Sarah Lucas, among othersand questions whether their success is at the price of dumbing down and selling out. In a new chapter, Stallabrass explains how YBA lost its critical immunity and explores the ways in which the leading YBA figures have altered their work in recent years.

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Julian Stallabrass has written the definitive critique of Young Brit Art as epitomised by The White Cube-ites. Read full review

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Thorough and readable. It had a lot of points that I thought were valid. Read full review

Contents

Famous for being famous
17
Artistcurators and the alternative scene
50
Dumb and dumber?
85
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Julian Stallabrass is Reader in art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. His other books include Art Incorporated: The Story of Contemporary Art, Gargantua: Manufactured Mass Culture, and Internet Art: The Online Clash of Culture and Commerce.

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