Posts Tagged ‘Damien Hirst’

Summer Session – ART THOUGHTZ: Damien Hirst

As we wrap up our month-long consideration of celebrity, we bring you this video from Hennessy Youngman’s web series Art Thoughtz. One of the most infamous celebrity figures of the art world is Damien Hirst, and while Youngman has no real problem with Hirst’s status as an art market darling, he does take issue with his presentation. This video was originally uploaded on January 10, 2012. 

Summer Session – Help Desk: Is It Any Wonder?

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This Summer Session we’re talking about celebrity, and today we bring you Bean Gilsdorf’s Help Desk arts-advice column and a question about fame. With the art world, the art market, and celebrity so deeply intertwined, what is the difference between being a famous artist and a successful artist, and can it be described by the similarities between Thomas Kinkade and Damien Hirst? This column was originally published[…..]

From the Archives – Blinded by the Hype: A Spotty Affair

Damien Hirst, Levorphanol, 1995, household gloss on canvas. © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012, Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates.

Do you ever wonder where you were exactly a year or two ago? What you were doing, or who you were talking to—or about? Today we take a little trip down memory lane to this very date two years ago, to reassess Damien Hirst’s oeuvre and the art-market chatter around exhibiting his spot paintings at all eleven Gagosian galleries around the world. Now that the art[…..]

Help Desk: Is It Any Wonder?

On the left, Kinkade's "Cobblestone Bridge" and on the right, Hirst's "Methoxyverapamil" (1991). Actually, I think they look kind of good together! (images: guardian.co.uk, respectively)

Help Desk is where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling–or any other activity related to contemporary art. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. How do you become a famous artist? I am an artist and make lots of art (performance, paintings, drawings, etc.) but I never went to art school. What should I do[…..]

EWX: Material Matters at the Courtauld Institute of Art

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    There is a specific joy that flares when a familiar space is reanimated by art—whether it’s public sculpture appearing at a junction travelled through often, like the new fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, or something as quiet as a different postcard image on an office bulletin board—it’s a little visual jolt for a view that’s become tired. When I first arrived at the[…..]

Blinded by the Hype: A Spotty Affair

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From the very beginning, Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011, was always going to be the target of much contempt. An embodiment of savvy self-promotion, Damien Hirst has become the world’s richest living artist, and with that, a scapegoat for the pompous market and inflated celebrity status representing all that is wrong with contemporary art today. This latest publicity stunt – a gargantuan worldwide[…..]

“Out, damn’d spot!”: Damien Hirst’s latest strike

When Lady Macbeth said “Out, damn’d spot!” she was referring to stains of blood, not brightly-colored enamel paint, but I’m sure there are more than a few art critics out there who echo her thought this month. The reason? What to make of “Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011”, now on view at eleven Gagosian galleries worldwide. The spots at Gagosian LA range from[…..]