Art quote:: The Outrageous YBAs

“Finally, on 2 October, ‘Sensation’ opened at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Members of the Catholic League attended the opening, handing out sick bags, singing hymns and praying. The following day, President Clinton let it be known that he supported his wife’s position and that, regardless of the uproar, the Institution should continue to receive funds. Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush sided with Mayor Giuliani, saying ‘I don’t think we ought to be using public monies to denigrate religion.’ As a result of all the shenanigans in New York, the National Gallery in Australia decided at the height of the controversy to break off from the ‘Sensation’ tour, claiming that the events had ‘obscured discussion of the artistic merit of the works of art’.”

Gregor Muir, Lucky Kunst – The Rise and Fall of Young British Art (p.299-230)