London

London

Sensation

Royal Academy of Arts | Piccadilly
Burlington House, Piccadilly
September 18–December 28, 1997

It’s been touted in the glossies and shown at the museums; it’s fueled a seemingly limitless number of conversations. In case you haven’t been paying attention—London’s art world has undergone a renaissance. Cocurated by Norman Rosenthal and Simonetta Fraquelli, “Sensation” traces that rebirth through the collection of Charles Saatchi, one of the most enthusiastic supporters of the scene that grew out of the seminal late ’80s shows “Modern Medicine” and “Freeze.” Works by over forty artists in the collection, from Damien Hirst and Gary Hume to Fiona Rae and Rachel Whiteread, are included. An accompanying catalogue, with essays by Rosenthal, Richard Shone, Lisa Jardine, Martin Maloney, and Brooks Adams, puts the boom in perspective.