Wednesday, April 18, 2012

More Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst's retrospective is now at the Tate Modern in Britain, and the Guardian has some interesting features on aspects of his work.  The butterflies have always been one of my favorite of Hirst's "media," if that term applies.

He discusses making the platinum and diamond skull here.

I am weary of Hirst.  Doesn't it seem like the art world sort of forces us to acknowledge and discuss his work?  If there is enough money involved, you can't tune it out.  Sort of like Mitt Romney.


  1. I find the butterflies disturbing, but would probably love it if it was a self-sustaining environment. That is the disconnect with theory and reality… we want to conserve nature but at the same time we exploit and abuse it for our own purposes. This exhibit is like a childhood science project, but at some point we grow up and stop doing things like collecting insects in jars.