Read on for an absolutely scathing (and hilarious) review of Damien Hirst‘s latest exhibition of still life paintings, by Jonathan Jones of UK’s The Guardian. By the first few sentences he’s already compared the artist to former Libyan dictator Muamar Gaddafi’s son (whose “art” can be seen here), and the review just keeps picking up steam from there.
One of the most controversial (or at least, talked about) artists of our day, Damien Hirst‘s merit as an artist is highly debatable. What is not, however, is his marvellous ability at being his own hype man, and generating discussion surrounding him and his art practice. It seems like every few months, and more recently every few weeks, he does something to get himself mentioned.
To remind you of all the reasons why he’s so loved and hated by the art world, today the Tate Modern opens their Damien Hirst exhibit, marking the first career-spanning survey of his work thus far shown in Britain. The show will be comprised of key pieces from the past 20 years, including greatest hits like The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, 1991 (pictured above) and key works from his In and Out of Love (like Sympathy in White Major – Absolution II, 2006, topmost image) and Pharmacy series’.
Damien Hirst at the Tate Modern runs from April 4 – September 9, 2012.
Damien Hirst has just launched a revamped version of his website, now featuring 24-hour live streaming video from his studio with two interchangeable camera angles. Although it’s pretty neat to have a glimpse into the creative factory of one of the highest-earning visual artists on the planet, it would be a somewhat more interesting experience were Hirst to make a cameo or two. It’s no secret that he employs a small army of assistants to put his work together, but it’s still fair for one to assume that he would attempt to visit his own studio or perhaps even work on one of his pieces, if only for the cameras. However, in an article in the Speakeasy section of the Wall Street Journal, they mention that viewer feedback has stated consistently that only miscellaneous assistants have made appearances in the live stream so far.
Click here to see for yourself; perhaps you’ll be the first to spot the elusive Mr. Hirst!