Processes of legitimization in contemporary art: the young British artists phenomenon

Navazo-Ostúa, P., Aladro-Vico, E. and Bailey, O. ORCID: 0000-0002-7266-7651, 2021. Processes of legitimization in contemporary art: the young British artists phenomenon. Journal for Cultural Research. ISSN 1479-7585

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Abstract

The Young British Artists (YBAs) was a generation that incorporated elements from media, advertising and cultural industry into the art world in the late 20th century. Based on a case study of the group and the distinctive phases of its meteoric trajectory, we analyze the circumstances and agents involved in the processes of legitimization in contemporary art. As an instrumental tool, we use the model presented by Alan Bowness in his 1989 publication, which outlines the process that allows artists to access certain social recognition. This outline provides us with a model of reference upon which to reconstruct the pattern of the YBAs trajectory with the intention of determining the sociocultural circumstances surrounding the media phenomenon. These results also correct and modify certain aspects of Bowness’ model to adapt it to the current socioeconomic context that sustains the processes of legitimization of art today.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal for Cultural Research
Creators: Navazo-Ostúa, P., Aladro-Vico, E. and Bailey, O.
Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Date: 10 March 2021
ISSN: 1479-7585
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/14797585.2021.1898912DOI
1444423Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 08 Jun 2021 10:16
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 10:16
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/43017

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