That Damien Hirst exhibition

If Hirst did not try to paint an orange accurately, no one would know he can\’t do it. But he has tried, at least I think it\’s an orange, and the poor sphere seems to float in mid air because of the clumsy circle of shadow below it. For a moment I thought this was intentional, then I realised it was a competence issue. Such issues abound. You look at a branch and it is obvious he has worked at it: equally obvious the work was wasted. At their very best these paintings lack the skill of thousands of amateur artists who paint at weekends all over Britain – and yet he can hire fools to compare him with Caravaggio.

He doesn\’t like it then.

6 comments on “That Damien Hirst exhibition

  1. I have long held that all of this is a cult of personality and nothing to do with ‘art’ at all.
    Damien Hurst hangs a dead horse up, Tracey Emin (? spelling) hauls out an unmade bed complete with soiled knickers and we’re all supposed to flop about with joy and gratitude for the ‘experience’.
    You or I do it and we find ourselves being chased down the road by large men carrying a net; off to the rubber room time.

  2. To be fair to Tracey Emin she is a very talented draughtswoman. She can draw an orange when she chooses.

  3. I think this stuff is a load of toss… but, then, I think Rothko and Pollock’s stuff is toss too… and 37th rate imitations of their styles are hanging on every hotel room wall in the western world.

    I’m looking forward to checking into the Cleethorpes Hilton in 2050 and seeing a dismembered squirrel, preserved in aspic, and mounted above the (artfully shit-stained) bed.

  4. Why on God’s green (blue, really) Earth would you being looking forward to spending an evening in Cleethorpes? Regardless of the standard of the accommodation.

    Unless it is simply sheer glee at still being sufficiently both rich and mobile in 38 years time to be checking in to a hotel anywhere. Except Dignitas, of course …

  5. Thought Gang,

    I think this stuff is a load of toss… but, then, I think Rothko and Pollock’s stuff is toss too… and 37th rate imitations of their styles are hanging on every hotel room wall in the western world.

    The 20th century killed “art” because manufactured art took over (in the forms of cinema and comic books). Seriously, anyone would really want to spend an afternoon looking at 2 blobs of colour rather than watching Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? Or, if you’re a bit more cultured, a Miyazaki or Kubrick movie?

  6. The green one does look like a parrot. The red one looks like something from a Resident Evil movie.

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