artists: Fiona Banner, Don Brown & Stephen Murphy, Angela Bulloch, Mat Collishaw, Martin Creed, Willie Doherty, Angus Fairhurst, Ceal Floyer, Douglas Gordon, Graham Gussin, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Michael Landy, Chris Ofili, Simon Patterson, Vong Phaophanit, Georgina Starr, Sam Taylor-Wood, Mark Wallinger, Gillian Wearing, Rachel Whiteread, Catherine Yass
The title of this book and the choice of George Stubbs’s painting of a zebra on its cover points to one of the underlying preoccupations of the artists selected: the constantly shifting perspectives that new information, new technologies and new circumstances make evident. Dimensions Variable features recent purchases for the British Council Collection of works by a generation of artists who have come to prominence in the last decade. The works, each illustrated in full colour, represent a variety of approaches, concerns and means of realisation.
The influence of past movements in 20th Century art – particularly Conceptualism, but also Minimalism, Performance and Pop Art – are readily discerned in much of the work. Young British artists have received a great deal of attention in the past few years and have often been perceived as a coherent national grouping. However, in presenting these works together no new school or ‘ism’ is being suggested. While there are shared concerns in a number of their works, these are artists who also have a great deal in common with artists of their generation in many other countries. An illustrated biographical text on each artist is included in the book.