Damien Hirst Unveils New Formaldehyde Menagerie


The Immaculate Heart – Lost, a bull’s heart split by a dagger, and The Incredible Journey, a zebra in a white framed tank.


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  1. gr8guyca says

    There are different schools of art. There is the “Impressionist” school. There is the “Cubist” school. There is the “Pop” school.

    I call this “The Greater Fool” school.

  2. nic says

    isn’t Hirst the real golden calf?

    £65m???? ridiculous. i suppose if their is enough cachet attatched to it, some people would pay huge coin for shit on a shingle.

  3. Christopher says

    Hirst is a douchebag and the formaldehyde thing is played. Thankfully for him, there is no shortage of culturally-moronic bankers looking to “invest” in this crap.

  4. Paul Bartlett says

    Paul Bartlett created an oil painting about 3 decades ago that preceded the combined look of Damien Hurst formaldehyde art works and Von Hagen’s plastinations. While an MA student at the RA Schools in London (1977-80) he painted ‘Masochistic’, which was inspired by prolonged direct observation of a Royal Academy life room plaster cast of a flayed figure. (If this “post a comment” could accept images, a jpeg of it could have been emailed at the same time.) It was accepted and hung in the 1979 RA Summer Exhibition, at the same time as a very different painting was exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Featuring back gardens in Penge, it was hung between garden paintings by Stanley Spencer and and Spencer Gore. ‘Penge’ had previously won first prize in ‘The Stowells Trophy’, a competition for all the art colleges and universities in the country. As well as being awarded the prestigious ‘Royal Academy Schools Turner Gold Medal’.

    More recently another painting by Paul Bartlett was awarded overall first prize in a major painting competition set up to be on a par with the Turner Prize, but specifically to reward figurative painting, called ‘Not the Turner Prize, 2004′. This, a portrait of his grandmother, is currently on show again until January 3rd 2010, in an exhibition called ‘Birmingham Seen’ at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, England.

    More information about Paul Bartlett is viewable at http://www.royalsocietyofbritishartists.org.uk

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