For arts sake! An investigation into the representation and consumption of the 'Young British Artists' on art audience in the 20th and 21st century

Hawkesford, Sally (2007) For arts sake! An investigation into the representation and consumption of the 'Young British Artists' on art audience in the 20th and 21st century. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The primary aim of this dissertation is to examine the role of the 'Young British Artists' (yBa) on art audience in the 20th and 21st century in the relation to the published and theoretical works of Walter Benjamin. The first chapter investigates where we are now in British art, by looking profoundly into the works of the yBas movement and in particular the works of Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. Beginning with an overview of the movement as a whole, this chapter establishes current British art. Then it denotes the primary players within the movement with a synopsis of the work and lives of who are hailed 'the most famous British artists'. In addition this chapter will continually look at the theory of Benjamin and what has the work of the yBas done to art. The second chapter moves on to an examination into how we have got here in British art by looking at conceptual art predecessors of the yBas. This chapter mainly concentrates on the conceptual/ Neo Dada artist Marcel Duchamp, and furthermore what his theories and work did to art with reference to the yBas. The third chapter is much briefer than the two preceding ones and is occupied with the concept of the media representation of the yBas and how it has cultivated their artwork. It will also link Benjamin's theories that the yBas have profoundly connected the art world to the media. The conclusion that can be deduced from these three chapters combined creates a general understanding of the yBas, following Benjamin's theory, that they have made art accessible, and consequently that is what they have done to art.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/317

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