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Damien Hirst Cuts Out the Middleman

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The Times Online wonders if the upcoming Damien Hirst auction heralds the death of the gallery:

Hirst1"To understand what Hirst is doing by putting 223 new works up for auction at Sotheby’s, I suggest you go along to one of the presale viewings - daily until September 15, admission free - and search out his latest shark piece, The Kingdom. It’s a huge black case featuring an 8ft tiger shark suspended, as always, in formaldehyde...Once you have found the shark, imagine that it represents Sotheby’s. No, go further than that. Imagine that it represents the entire art world and the manner in which it pursues its business. See how predatory it is, how cunning, how fixated on its prey, how implacable and ruthless."

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  1. "Once you have found the shark, imagine that it represents Sotheby’s. No, go further than that. Imagine that it represents the entire art world and the manner in which it pursues its business. See how predatory it is, how cunning, how fixated on its prey, how implacable and ruthless."

    And how pickled in formaldehyde.

    Posted by: David D. | Sep 8, 2008 11:34:16 AM


  2. Contrived bullshit. He's gone past Andy Warhol in turning art into a commodity. Since he doesn't even produce his own work one should call it his latest "line." It's really no different than buying a Jonathan Adler vase or a Thomas Kinkade painting.

    Posted by: Bud | Sep 8, 2008 11:47:00 AM


  3. Can't I just imagine that it's a piece of crap instead?

    Posted by: Scott | Sep 8, 2008 12:08:39 PM


  4. but Sotheby's is a gallery.

    Posted by: A.J. | Sep 8, 2008 12:35:16 PM


  5. He's so talented. I mean, anyone can stick a baby shark in a jar of formaldehyde and sell it in a knick-knack shop at the beach. But Hirst put a big shark in formaldehyde and sold it at Sotheby's. That's the art, you see.

    Posted by: paul | Sep 8, 2008 12:56:43 PM


  6. This is what's so brilliant about Hirst. The art doesn't just stop with the object. Everything is part of the work, yes, including the hype!

    Posted by: Bading | Sep 8, 2008 3:14:59 PM


  7. I was being sarcastic. If hype = art, then Donald Trump and Ronald McDonald are the two greatest artists of our time. Maybe they are.

    Posted by: paul | Sep 8, 2008 3:23:54 PM


  8. Boo hoo I'm crying for the vampiric gallerists who will have to find some other community to exploit and suck dry.

    Posted by: Toro | Sep 8, 2008 4:09:35 PM


  9. Let's face it, art IS a commodity!!! That is the post-Duchampian condition we find ourselves in and as such, artists are right to revel in it, celebrate it even. And who are we to say what IS or IS NOT art? In this 'post-post-anything' world, EVERYTHING is art.

    Posted by: Bading | Sep 8, 2008 5:25:55 PM


  10. "See how predatory it is, how cunning, how fixated on its prey, how implacable and ruthless."

    How rich.

    Posted by: Br!on | Sep 8, 2008 5:39:07 PM


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