THE YOUTH OF TODAY
A growing emphasis on the media, individuality, and commercialism is producing a constantly increasing diversity of youth scenes. Girlies, greasers, hooligans, rappers, ravers, streetballers, train surfers, and wakeboarders are just some of these disparate “artificial tribes” to which young people today feel they belong. Whereas during the cold war of youth cultures one still had to decide between clear alternatives like punk or pop, young people today, as a rule, pass through a whole series of scenes. This exhibition shows how contemporary art confronts the various life worlds of teens, twens, and postadolescent thirtysomethings whose experience of youth culture often continues into their family lives and careers. This presentation of the works of sixty international artists such as the Young British Artist Tracey Emin, the newcomer Sue de Beer, or the American photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia will outline the influences of youth culture on the society’s aesthetic and political realms.
Edited by Max Hollein and Matthias Ulrich, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. With a preface by Max Hollein and contributions by Niels Werber, Mercedes Bunz, Georg Seeßlen, Jens Hoffmann, and Matthias Ulrich. German/English, ca. 250 pages, ca. 300 color illustrations, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, ISBN 3-86560-071-9.