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UK Study Finds Strong Class Divide in Arts

November 19th, 2018

National Portrait Gallery London, via Art NewspaperA study on UK arts and diversity has found a substantial barrier caused by class in the nation, Arts Professional notes. “Language, attitudes and the prevailing ‘excellence’ narrative in the arts can be seen as divisive in terms of engaging a broader audience in arts,” the report reads.
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Nick Cave Interviewed in The Guardian

November 19th, 2018

Nick Cave, via The GuardianThe Guardian has an interview this week with artist Nick Cave, as he opens a commanding show of new work and reflects on the violent landscape of modern America, and how work like his Soundsuits address some of these issues. “You are liberated: it hides gender, race, class – so you’re forced to look at something without judgment,” he says. “It’s about getting outside of yourself and surrendering to this other.”
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Swiss Institute Adds New Board Members

November 19th, 2018

Swiss Institute, via Swiss InstituteThe Swiss Institute has elected three new members to its board: Monique Burger, John Garcia, and Florian Gutzwiller, Artforum reports. “I am immensely grateful for the continuing support we have been receiving as we create the very first long-term home for SI after more than three decades,” says chair Maja Hoffmann.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Damien Hirst





b. 1965
Represented by:

White Cube Gallery, London

Gagosian Gallery, New York

Lives and works in:

London and Devon, England

Education includes:

Leeds College of Art and Design

Goldsmiths, University of London

Hirst’s work challenges the boundaries that exist between art, science, pop culture and the media. He confronts issues such as mortality and brevity of life in pieces such as his “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living,” which involved a 14-foot long tiger shark preserved in a tank of formaldehyde. His first work involving any sort of animal was called “A Thousand Years,” which was a large glass case containing a rotting cow’s head with maggots and flies feeding off it. Hirst is the most prominent of the Young British Artists movement during the 1990’s.

During his years at Goldsmiths College, he curated an independent student show called “Freeze” which was visited by several imporant collectors including Charles Saatchi. Saatchi and Hirst had a symbiotic relationship as collector and artist from about 1992-2003. When the new Saatchi Gallery opened in County Hall, London with a Hirst retrospective, the artist was not pleased with the way certain works were displayed, including a Mini Cooper automobile he had decorated for charity. He bought back 12 works from Saatchi through his dealer Jay Jopling.

From 1992-2003, during his Saatchi years, Hirst gained worldwide criticism and acclaim for his work. He was included in the Venice Bienniale in 1993, won the Turner Prize in 1995, had an exhibit at Gagosian Gallery in 1996, was included in an exhibit at the Royal Academy in London and published his autobiography, “I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now”. He was also involved in several lawsuits involving vandalism of his work and copyright issues.

In 2004, Gagosian negotiated the sale of the “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” from Saatchi to collector Steven Cohen for $12 million, who in in turn donated it to MoMA. With the exception of Jasper Johns, this was the most expensive work by a living artist ever sold.

Hirst was relatively low-key after 2004, with the exception of several solo exhibits. In 2007, He created a diamond-encrusted skull entitled “For the Love of God” and was exhibited by White Cube Gallery in London. After several months, it was sold for the asking price of $100 million to an anonymous investment group, in which Hirst remained a stake. Hirst’s propensity to control the exhibition style of his work and his tight control of his reputation can be seen in his involvement in this investment. It is also recollective of his relationship with Saatchi.

Wikipedia Entry

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