Young British Artists
David Bowie, the Jack of Spades, Illustration: Miranda Donovan Donovan's art always works on multiple levels, every image
Someone once said that all art is political. I'm not sure that is completely true because while many artists do cross into the political arena, there are plenty of others too wrapped up in themselves to care about anything else apart from their own personal universe.
It makes sense to exhibit this kind of art in one of Soho's more rebellious corners. The space chosen by Vermilion Hook lies beneath Marshall Street in the basement salon belonging to designer and tailor, Mark Powell.
Freeze is the title of an art exhibition that took place in July 1988 in an empty London Port Authority building at Surrey Docks in London Docklands. Its main organiser was Damien Hirst. It was significant in the subsequent development of the Young British Artists.
To be such an open book as a songwriter and a person in general I find that I am much more vulnerable and exposed. I am simply putting my weaknesses, loves, dreams and fears all in one place for anyone hear. It worries me sometimes that I expose so much of these inner worries and secrets that one day someone could turn around a use all my own words against me.
Not so, you have to look harder and you will still find edgy galleries. A garage in a housing estate in Hoxton, called The Garage Project, run by the curator and artist Charlotte Trower, is a fine example of what artists are making in Britain today.
Do you remember the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William immortalised in the style of Sid and Nancy? Well this image went viral on a global scale and soon put artist Rich Simmons at the forefront of the young British art scene.
Tracey Emin, one of Britain's best known contemporary artists, declared today that art should be for everyone and not just
What's different for today's generation of artists? I think the Damien Hirst show is a big legacy of the YBAs, and it says
I've always had mixed feeling about Damien Hirst. Sometimes his work is provocative, interesting or beautiful. At other times I think he, more than anyone else, is flying the (invisible flag) for the Emperor's New Clothes.