Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Will Damien Hirst Dot the Art Market to Death?
Just when you think a contemporary art megastar such as Damien Hirst has done his worst to make a mockery of the modern art world, he finds a new weapon or, in this case, returns to an old one—dots. Most famous for his The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, an embalmed tiger shark in a glass case, Hirst penchant for controversy doesn’t always go big. In fact, he’s decided to go small, but on a grand scale, with lots and lots of dots. Hirst convinced gallery owner Larry Gagosian to allow him to take over all 11 of Gagosian’s galleries around the globe and flood them with a new crop of the same “spot paintings” he did years ago in a “retrospective” of new works on an old theme. Even worse, Hirst won’t even be painting all the new spot paintings himself. For everyone who hates contemporary art and its excesses, Hirst’s spotlight on spots may send them over the edge and tip the art market itself into oblivion. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Will Damien Hirst Dot the Art Market to Death?"
[Image: Damien Hirst. Image source: Mark III Photonics/Shutterstock.com.]