Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Is This the End of Damien Hirst?
When news came out recently that artist Damien Hirst had ended his long and lucrative relationship with dealer Larry Gagosian and his international chain of Gagosian Galleries, there was more than a presumptive little dancing on the grave of Hirst’s career. It seemed that the man famous for his formaldehyded shark (in 1991’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, shown above) was now chum in the art world waters. Esquire’s Stephen Marche not only announced the end of Damien Hirst, but also “the end of art as pure money.” But before we call in the undertakers, let’s undertake an analysis of whether this really is the end of Damien Hirst and the era of “art as pure money” he embodied. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Is This the End of Damien Hirst?"
[Image: Damien Hirst. The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, 1991.]