Lucky Kunst Rise and Fall of Young British Art
These days artists like Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin are major celebrities. But Gregor Muir knew them at the start; his unique memoir chronicles the birth of Young British Art. Muir, YBA's 'embedded journalist', happened to be in Shoreditch and Hoxton before Jay Jopling arrived with his White Cube Gallery, when this was still a semi-derelict landscape of grotty pubs and squats. There he witnessed, amid a whirl of drunkenness, scrapes and riotous hedonism, the coming-together of a remarkable array of young artists - Hirst, the Chapman brothers, Rachel Whiteread, Sam Taylor-Wood, Angus Fairhurst - who went on to produce a fresh, irreverent, often notorious form of art - Hirst's shark, Sarah Lucas's two fried eggs and a kebab. By the time of the seminal Sensation show at the Royal Academy YBA had changed the art world for ever.
'A fantastic historical document...his book describes those defining moments so well.' -- Tracey Emin Independent 'This lucid, lurid, indiscreet memoir is an unrivalled record of 1990s Cool Britannia, when British Art ruled the world' (Financial Times Books of the Year) Financial Times 'Sharply atmospheric...a picaresque journey, a fly-in-the-vitrine's-eye view of the period' New Statesman 'All the stars of the YBA movement appear in this former journalists memoir, swearing and yelling as they go' Observer 'An absorbing and intelligent account of the times, this is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary art or the 1990s Brit Scene' The Bookseller 'This book will get your juices flowing...offers a comprehensive and entertaining overview of an uber cool generation.' The Independent