The exhibition took the form of a series of one-man shows grouped to portray the impact, vitality and contrasting directions of the visual arts in Britain over the last fifteen years. It was considered a ‘landmark’ exhibition putting Caro, Riley, Hamilton and Smith in the senior generation slot and introduced the work of succeeding generations in this context. Thus the exhibition spanned the full range of artistic careers and recognition – some were internationally established and highly regarded, whilst other artists that were included were just beginning to become recognised. In addition, artists’ films, expanded cinema and performance art were included as an integral part of the exhibition, and served to emphasise the diversity and inventiveness of British art.