Whereupon art critic Jonathan Jones hates on Hirst so hard that he writes, “The last time I saw paintings as deluded as Damien Hirst’s latest works, the artist’s name was Saif al-Islam Gaddafi. This is the kind of kitsch that is foisted on helpless peoples by Neros and Hitlers and such tyrants so beyond normal restraint or criticism they believe they are artists.” Oh.
Who is happy about this? Hirst. Easy to plan about what you are doing. The web editor of Gagosian’s website, because that means you have just one artist to note in each gallery for the month of January. And rich people have it easy. You have one artist for Gagosian to sell you. Damien Hirst will showcase his The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 at each of Gagosian’s 11 galleries starting on January 12, 2012. According to ArtInfo, “After more than six months of intensive searching, calling, and cataloguing all over the world, the dealer will unveil an survey of approximately 300 spot paintings.”
And Hirst recently told the LA Times that he had completed over 1,400 spot paintings in his career. Bloated, ain’t it.
Because Tasmania is looking to increase its countries population, they are turing to erotic art. And who wouldn’t? Erotic art is what makes populations grow, gets men out and back in the house, gets women to have men focused for 15 minutes on something that is not rugby.
According to Fast Company, “The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) opens this week and aims to be Australia’s first “subversive adult Disneyland,” complete with erotic art installations, intersecting with themes of life and death.”
Oh, and that museum has over $100m of work in its walls. There is work from artists such as Damien Hirst and Jean-Michel Basquiat, among dozens of others.
When economies are down, the art market goes down. Pretty simple. Art is a luxury-luxury item, nobody really needs it, but its sure great to afford it. Damien Hirst has made an absolute killing selling his artwork, and being that he is alive, he is one of the few artists to ever actually see their work and fame reach ultimate heights. This doesn’t happen without a lot of controversy.
The Economist has a great feature on the market for Hirst, with the great tagline “How the bad boy of Brit-Art grew rich at the expense of his investors.”
And there is this opener, “IN 2008 just over $270m-worth of art by Damien Hirst was sold at auction, a world record for a living artist. By 2009 Mr Hirst’s annual auction sales had shrunk by 93%—to $19m—and the 2010 total is likely to be even lower.”
Click on the link above to see the article in full, its very interesting.
Charles Saatchi, the British advertising giant and gallery owner, will retire soon, and when he does, he is donating to the British government his art gallery along with artworks valued at more than $37.5 million. He is like Mr. Sandman. He is hoping his Saatchi Gallery gets renamed the Museum of Contemporary Art, London. He may own a Hirst or two.