The Politics Of The Next Big Thing

What’s the Next Big Thing in visual art? Some are making the case for figurative painting. But the truth? “There is no next big thing. In any case, the novelty of the YBA generation wore off a decade ago. For younger artists, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin probably look as old hat and establishment as Howard Hodgkin or Henry Moore. Emulating the strategies of the past generation – in terms of self-promotion as well as their more formal devices – would be pointless and self-defeating. Artists have to carve out their own territory.”