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Gary Hume

Born, 1962

Gary Hume was one of the artists included in Brilliant!: New Art From London, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, 22 October 1995  - 7 January 1996 and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, 17 February - 14 April 1996. He received a BA from Goldsmiths College. The exhibition was one of a number that featured practitioners identified with the so-called yBa grouping. The term yBa refers to certain types of practitioners who collectively, and in some instances, rather loosely, came to be known as Young British Artists, or yBas for short. The term originated in the early 1990s, centred on the work of Damien Hirst and a number of other artists. In an essay The Tate, The Turner Prize and the Art World, Louisa Buck offered a useful summary of the term’s origins. “[Charles] Saatchi had attended [Damien] Hirst’s famous Freeze exhibition in 1988, and soon began to bulk-buy this new batch of home-grown talent. He also set about applying his marketing skills to the promotion of these artists and their work, initially in a series of widely publicised exhibitions at Boundary Road [the original home of the Saatchi Gallery, in St John’s Wood, London] during 1992-5 under the collective title of Young British Artists. The acronym stuck, and soon any artist of that generation, whether or not they had been to Goldsmiths [College], was branded YBA.” Louisa Buck, The Tate, the Turner Prize and the Art World, in The Turner Prize and British Art, Tate, 2007, pp. 12 – 25 (p.19). Chris Ofili was the only Black artist included in Brilliant!: New Art From London. This was at a time when Ofili’s distinctive use of elephant dung within his work was very much in its ascendancy and his Turner Prize nomination was still several years off.

GQ Magazine, December 1996, Great British Issue, was a celebration of Cool Britannia.  The issue included a feature on Art, trailed on the contents page as Britain’s young masters, and written by Louisa Buck. The first of the five artists featured, deemed to be most reflective of Cool Britannia, was Chris Ofili and to this end, a full page portrait of the artist opened the piece. The other artists featured were Simon Bill, Tracey Emin, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Gary Hume. Works in Progress. Put yourself in the picture with Louisa Buck’s portraits of five British artists with the talent to take on the modern world. GQ Magazine, December 1996, pp. 86 – 90.

Related items

click to show details of Brilliant! New Art From London

»  Brilliant! New Art From London

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1995

click to show details of Intimacy - invitation card

»  Intimacy - invitation card

Invite relating to an exhibition, 2001

click to show details of Package Holiday - catalogue

»  Package Holiday - catalogue

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1997

click to show details of Paint it Black (Chris Ofili et al.)

»  Paint it Black (Chris Ofili et al.)

Article relating to an individual, 1997

click to show details of Works in Progress: Chris Ofili et al. GQ magazine.

»  Works in Progress: Chris Ofili et al. GQ magazine.

Article relating to a publication, 1996

Related exhibitions

»  Intimacy

Group show at Oriel Mostyn . 2001

Related venues

»  Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

Houston, Texas, United States of America

»  The Hydra Workshop, Hydra

Greece, Greece

»  Oriel Mostyn

Llandudno, Wales, United Kingdom

»  Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, United States of America