“Neurotic Realism: Part I”

Saatchi Gallery

Charles Saatchi’s latest attempt to shape art-world taste got off to a brilliant start. Late last year, a blaze of publicity greeted the publication of his book The New Neurotic Realism, which featured an essay-cum-manifesto by Dick Price, art critic for the style magazine i-D, along with illustrations of work by some thirty-four British sculptors, photographers, and painters, most of them little known. NNR purports to be the next big thing after YBA and is now being showcased in a series of exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery—though it’s been abbreviated (perhaps somewhat neurotically) to “Neurotic Realism.”

Trying to put your finger on just what exactly distinguishes the NRs from the YBAs is no easy matter. Price’s essay is a slippery, scattershot affair. Art has apparently become “less about me myself and I” and “more about collective ideas,” yet it’s hard to square any cult of impersonality

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