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Every generation has defined itself by rebellion. So where are the Gen Y revolutionaries?

This article titled “Where have all the art punks gone?” was written by Hannah Ellis-Petersen, for The Guardian on Wednesday 16th March 2016 18.45 UTC

For more than 100 years, art has been defined by rebellion. From the surrealists’ rejection of the rational to the political paintings of Picasso, from the rage of the punks to the sly irony of the YBAs, the work that adorns the walls of our art institutions is overwhelmingly countercultural.

So what happened with millennials? Where is their rebellious spirit? Why, as Gregor Muir of the Institute of Contemporary Art asked recently, have they yet to produce an avant garde movement? Where are the revolutionary artists rattling the bars?

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