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Desc:Damien Hirst takes us through his exhibition at Tate Modern with curator Ann Gallagher.
Category:Arts, Accidents & Explosions
Tags:but is it art?, ART!, Damien Hirst, deader animals
Submitted:EvilHomer
Date:04/15/15
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Oscar Wildcat
We've secretly switched Damien Hirst with Karl Pilkington; let's see if Anne can tell the difference!
EvilHomer
These stars are for you, Mr Wildcat.

EvilHomer
Damn, now Karl Pilkington's all I can think about when I look at him.

EvilHomer
Seeing as the other day, everyone said they really liked Damien Hirst. I mean, OK, yeah, I'll admit, he does come off as a teeensy bit of a thick-headed twat while he's talking about Physical Impossibility. But the rotting cowhead and the chopped-in-half baby cow, that's all still cool!


If twelve minutes of Hirst and Tate Modern is tl;dw for you, skip to 5:45-6:06 for a pretty good summary.
EvilHomer
I would actually love to see "Mother and Child" reimagined as a life-sized Mortal Kombat statue. I could go to the gallery opening dressed up like Kung Lao!

Old_Zircon
If I'd have been smart I would have invested in the chopped-in-half baby cows that you've been able to buy from biological supply companies for decades and go in to business selling counterfeit Hirst pieces.

Hell, when I was in high school a couple hundred dollars would get you a HUMAN torso thinsection from Carolina Biological, framed and everything.

I feel like the postmodern idea that context is what makes something art is a dead end at this point, it was an important phase half a century ago but doing it now is about as interesting as composing pure serial music.

Old_Zircon
There's a pretty solid rule of thumb that new ideas take about 30 years to achieve widespread public recognition (it's used more in the sciences, especially physics, but definitely applies to art). What' Hirst is doing reached that point sometime in the early to mid 1990s, and at this point it's easily a decade in to the kitsch phase, probably closer to two.

EvilHomer
>>What' Hirst is doing reached that point sometime in the early to mid 1990s, and at this point it's easily a decade in to the kitsch phase, probably closer to two.

Nuts to that, OZ. Everyone knows that a true genius is embraced in his time, and reviled years later.

yogarfield
fuck this twat
crasspm
Artist becomes successful while alive. What happens next will shock you!
That guy
He becomes an even bigger ass?

Binro the Heretic
This shit has never seemed like art to me.

Fans and defenders seldom, if ever, talk about how it inspires them. Mostly they talk about how it "pushes boundaries" and "challenges convention".

Big fucking whoop.
EvilHomer
It inspired my My Little Pony OC, if that counts.

Needtodestroy
Squarely up his own ass but presenting ideas so completely prescient. Like the art, dislike the fellow.

"The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living" is my favorite conceptual piece hands down. I used to sit in front of it for hours at the Metropolitan Museum when I lived in Manhattan.

I miss how much it scared me.

Five for evil.
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