Posts Tagged ‘Damien Hirst’
It might seem like there's a major art fair every month at this point, but the original Art Basel is still the biggest and baddest. This year's event—which transpired in its namesake Basel Switzerland last week—showed that, unlike the kitschy Art Basel Miami, Read More
AIDS charity amFAR's annual gala was held last nite in Cannes where Damien Hirst's gold mammoth sculpture, Gone But Not Forgotten was auctioned off to Ukrainian businessman Leonard Blavatnik to the tune of $15,000,000 USD by auctioneer hosts Read More
This year's annual installment of Art Basel Hong Kong wrapped up last week, eating up all the spare change in Asia at the same time the Frieze fair and giant sales at Christie's, Sotheby's, and Phillips looted the pockets of New York's ruling class in a giant global art market money grab. Of course, the usual suspects were Read More
Say what you will about Damien Hirst as an artist—and there's always a lot to be said—but his generosity within the art world is legendary and is at the root of his latest sculpture, a prehistoric three-meter high Wooly Mammoth skeleton dipped in gold and encased in a giant gold-plated Read More
Last week, art world illuminati descended on Switzerland for the most serious installment of the Art Basel trade show franchise in the town where it all started. Unlike the debauched winter party that is Art Basel Miami or the new money fishing hole of Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Basel Switzerland is a serious affair where the big boys go to land serious deals (over $2B in art was on display this year) and the hedonism is second to the business of cashing big art checks. Read More
Art Basel is always the place to see and be seen in the art world and that experience expanded to the newest frontier of the global art market when the first annual Art Basel Hong Kong opened there last week. Focused in the single largest growth market for the art world, Basel HK featured a better mix of Western and Eastern artists than normal fairs with Asian artists like Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, and Yayoi Kusama maintaining a large presence alongside the big money Western artists like Warhol, Basquiat, Ruscha, Prince, and Koons Read More
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Our friends at ART IN AMERICA covered the scene well at the opening of DAMIEN HIRST's "End of an Era" show (so named because supposedly it's the last time his formaldahyde pieces will be shown) at GAGOSIAN's Madison Ave. gallery, but the NEW YORK OBSERVER did a good job summing up the show quite nicely:
IS THIS THE END OF A DAMIEN HIRST ERA?
By Alex Taylor | New York Observer Feb 2, 2010
It’s time we had a talk about Damien Hirst. I know, I know. Mr. Hirst, who was born in 1965 and came to prominence in the London art scene of the late 1980s as the first among equal of the Young British Artists, has for so long been ascending to the kind of fame perversely reserved for artists of maximum visibility and a minimum of formal skills that the mere mention of his name may prompt a fatigued groan even among the most detached museum-goer. That guy? Again? So what’d he do now? Mr. Hirst has been such a big player in art during the last decade and a half—everything from its calculated affronts and controversies to its biennial boom to the explosion in cost-and-scale: in short, the very market mechanism itself. If you are one of those people who don’t particularly like contemporary art or disagreed with the Met’s decision to display Mr. Hirst’s dead shark for three years, you probably think Mr. Hirst has a lot to answer for. This thought was occasioned by Hirst’s current show at the uptown Gagosian Gallery, which runs until March 6. “End of an Era,” its called. And the title feels just about right. Click HERE to continue reading…
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In other DAMIEN HIRST news, the bad boy of British art grabbed additional headlines this month with the spin art HARLEY DAVIDSON he created to raise funds for LA-based charity event ANGEL ART while assaulting newsstands with his new cover design for nascent art magazine TAR. The 2008 Softail Cross Bones Harley in question was rendered by Hirst in his now signature spin art style as a donation to the Angel Art auction (that also featured works by Ed Ruscha, Catherine Opie, and Jeff Koons, among others) benefiting PROJECT ANGEL FOOD, a charity that provides meals to adults and children affected by HIV/AIDS. The bike went on the block late last week at a VIP gala event at Hollywood talent agency CAA and was quickly snapped up for an as-yet undisclosed amount after a round of frenzied bidding. For the second issue of Tar (that's "art" spelled backwards), a NYC-based upstart art magazine founded by Black Book magazine founder EVANLY SCHINDLER, Hirst "borrowed" a portrait of Kate Moss from the March 2005 cover of W magazine and gave it his trademark "visible man" treatment. Said Schindler of the image in conversation with the NY Times, “I think the cover really ties in both the conscious and subconscious levels of the beauty myth, tearing away the layers and looking at what’s below." Given the tumultuous state (to put it mildly) of the publishing industry, we can only hope the instant collector's edition helps ensure a forthcoming third issue for the very worthy bi-annual. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Last weekend saw the DAMIEN HIRST's first grand spectacle of 2009 when his daunting career retrospective "Requiem" opened at the PINCHUK ART CENTER in the unlikely city of Kiev, Ukraine. Not exactly known as an epicenter of fine art (unless you count the Ukrainian girls, that is), resident steel billionaire and obsessed Hirst collector VICTOR PINCHUK aims to change that by launching the epic visual spectacle that includes over 100 works (a vast amount of which came from Pinchuk's private collection) by the British artist from 1998 – 2008 in his own privately funded art palace that holds the title as the largest private museum in the former Soviet Union. The fact that this grandiose show of power comes at a time when...Read More