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George Michael and Kenny Goss Show Off Preserved Carcasses


While George Michael waits for Banksy to tag his English mansion, his partner Kenny Goss holds up the Texas end of the art fortune.

"Most people initially freak a little bit about Sebastian, then they stare and stare at it and they say, 'That's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen," said Kenny Goss about Damien Hirst's "Saint Sebastian, Exquisite Pain" (above) which Goss and his partner George Michael purchased last summer and which is now on display in Dallas at a Hirst-curated show at the couple's gallery.

Goss and Michael are also giving back to the community: "The foundation will be awarding two $5,000 scholarships to students at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, one in Michael's name for music and one in Goss' name for art. There are also two more $5,000 scholarships offered, one for Dallas-Fort Worth area students, the other for students statewide."

Said Goss: "We want to expose the Dallas art community to work that they've quite potentially never seen if they weren't able to travel, these works that in some ways may be a little controversial for one thing, a little strong. But let's face it, art a lot of times is about sex, love, death, loss."

George Michael Brings His Art Collection to Texas [fox news]

George Michael's Wallet Feels "Exquisite Pain" with Hirst Purchase [tr]

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  1. Kenny's first reaction was the right one, imvho. It's looks like a cow preserved in formaldehyde (and pierced with arrows). I expect it probably is, too.

    But what are we to make of it? Call it Saint Sebastian? Call it Punctured Spam? It really makes little difference.

    Does it elevate? Has it aesthetic value? Does it say anything meaningful about our age? Or is it just like one of those plastic goldfish encased in glass ashtrays that you sometimes see in the seedier hotels in Florida (no need to ask how I know).

    Is it just, in fact, a dead cow in a glass case which some chancer has just made a small fortune of of?

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Apr 7, 2008 1:12:28 PM

  2. I think very similar questions could be asked about George Michael.

    Posted by: Zeeshan | Apr 7, 2008 1:31:28 PM

  3. I think the good people of Dallas could have been better served with a couple of new Monets at the DMA. Or maybe they could have sponsored that fantastic Hopper/Homer show now at the Art Institute in Chicago. What,guys, no one else wanted that goofy POS? Oh I get it, Dallas used to be a cow town? No dummys that was Ft. Worth pre-Bass. Just because someone has a good voice and can write music does not make him a genius. More like idiot savants if you ask me.

    Posted by: Vi Agara | Apr 7, 2008 6:06:58 PM

  4. How the hell can something like that be classed as beautiful.

    Posted by: brodie6 | Apr 7, 2008 11:40:21 PM

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