Michael Craig Martin
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Could the Young British Artists happen again?

The YBAs - or young British artists - emerged from art colleges in the 1990s and took the art world by storm.

Their work was bought up and marketed, to great effect, by Charles Saatchi.

The man who fostered much of this new talent was Michael Craig Martin, a conceptual artist and painter who tutored aspiring artists such as Damien Hirst at London's Goldsmiths College.

His first book of collected writings - On Being an Artist, which reflects on that time and "offers advice to aspiring artists" - was published this month.

The BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz has been speaking to him, and looking back to when the YBAs were shaking things up, not just in Britain, but around the world.

This piece was originally broadcast on The Today Programme on Wednesday 29 April

  • 30 Apr 2015
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