New Contemporaries

Group Exhibition. Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom.

13 December 1989 – 14 January 1990

‘Holidays’ (1989). Photographed by Joanna Fernandes © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

‘New Contemporaries’, established in 1949, was held at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts from 1964 to 1989. The artists selected in 1989 were chosen by Iwona Blazwick, Sacha Craddock, Nicholas Logsdail, Veronica Ryan, Jon Thompson and Richard Wilson. Hirst showed the ‘Medicine Cabinets’ ‘Holidays’ (1989) and ‘No Feelings’ (1989) at the exhibition, where they were bought by art collector Charles Saatchi. 

Art critic Sacha Craddock described the 1989 show as being “rooted in the landscape of the late twentieth century. Grand gestures and other-worldliness have been replaced by a quiet reflection on the physicality of our mechanised existence.”[1] 

The featured artists were: Tom Benson, Louise Birtles, Glenn Brown, John Butterworth, Alan Carter, Nick Cass, Jeremy Cole, Barry Cook, Mirri Damer, Maggie Ellenby, David Foster, Tom Freeston, Jeremy R. Glogan, Sehnaz Hanslot, Thierry Hauch, Martin Haycock, Michael Hickling, Damien Hirst, John Howard, Alison Jones, Pat Kaufman, Darren Lago, Alex Landrum, Abigail Lane, Michael Langton, David Leapman, Mark Leckey, Julian Lee, Sarah Low, Brighid Lowe, Martha McLean, Nicholas May, Michael Minnis, Jane Ormond, Andrew Penketh, Sarah Pucill, Michele Rosaus, Andreas Ruthi, David J. Smith, Michael J. Smith, Maud Sulter, Marcus Taylor, Laura Thompson, Mike Turner, Anne-Marie Watkins and Veronica Wilton.


[1] Sacha Craddock, ‘BT New Contemporaries’ (ICA, 1989)