Damien Hirst Faces Criticism Over Appropriation of Nigerian Sculpture

May 11th, 2017

Comparison of the Damien Hirst and Ife Ife heads, via CNNDamien Hirst is facing criticism over a work in his exhibition in Venice, which appears to mirror sculpted heads made by African artists from Ile-Ife Nigeria.  “Their young ones will grow up to know this work as Damien Hirst’s. The narrative will shift and the young Ife or Nigerian contemporary artist will someday be told by a long nose critic, ‘Your work reminds me of Damien Hirst’s Golden Head,'” says Nigerian artist Victor Ehikhamenor of the work.

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