PRINT October 1995


the Class of ’95

DAMIEN HIRST, GARY HUME, Sarah Lucas, and Fiona Rae. London’s Goldsmith’s College launched a whole generation of internationally acclaimed artists in the late ’80s. Back then, conceptual artist and Tate Gallery trustee Michael Craig-Martin nursed Goldsmith’s future art-stars through their degree course. He left the college in 1985, but now he’s back as Millard Professor, heading up a staff that includes Simon Linke, Lisa Milroy, and Liam Gillick—all successful Goldsmith’s alumni who’ve gone back to school to help out with the new undergraduates.

This year the mood of the degree show alternated between fuck-me sexiness and fuck-you aggressiveness. Taking its lead from trash art and grunge, the graduating class of 1995 cops the authority of street style to redirect its fear and loathing of Modernism. While the late ’80s graduates looked to the clean-cut conceptual work of the ’60s and ’70s

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