Elizabeth Fullerton is an experienced journalist, specialised in arts. She has recently published her first book Artrage! The Story of the BritArt Revolution, a comprehensive history of BritArt for Thames and Hudson, and also writes regularly for the U.S. art magazines ARTnews and Art in America, as well as Elephant. After graduating from New College, Oxford with a degree in modern languages, Elizabeth worked as a journalist at Reuters for 16 years, holding a variety of posts including foreign correspondent in Mexico and Central America. She has also written articles for a range of newspapers including the Financial Times, The Independent and The Guardian, and contributed to Body of Art, published by Phaidon in October 2015. Her interests include the arts, travel, hiking and scuba diving. She holds a Master’s in history of art from Birkbeck College and lives in London with her husband and two sons.
ARTRAGE!: THE STORY OF THE BRITART REVOLUTION – Buy it here
The Young British Artists (YBAs) stormed on to the contemporary art scene in 1988 with their attention-grabbing, ironic art. They exploded art-world conventions with brazen disdain. Dismissed as trivial gimmickry and praised for its witty energy, their art made a mark both on the art scene and on public consciousness that continues to reverberate today. Now, almost three decades after they emerged, Artrage! tells the story of the YBAs with the benefit of perspective, chronicling the group’s rise to prominence from the landmark show ‘Freeze’ curated by Damien Hirst, through the heyday of the 1990s and the notorious ‘Sensation’ exhibition, to the Momart fire of 2004 that seemed to symbolize the group’s fading from centre stage. The book ends with an update on the artists’ careers and fortunes in the last decade. Drawing on interviews with all the key BritArt players and extensive archival research, Elizabeth Fullerton examines the individual characters, their relationships to one another, crucial events and seminal artworks, considering, too, the political, economic and artistic context of those years. Plentiful quotations bring out the distinctive personalities and provide fresh insights into the people and the period. Among the artists discussed are Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread, Tracey Emin, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Sarah Lucas and Gary Hume.
PUBLISHER: Thames and Hudson Ltd
PUBLICATION DATE: 25 April 2016