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Walker Art Center to Commission Native American Artist Work

July 20th, 2018

Walker Art Center, via Art NewsThe Walker Art Center in Minneapolis will commission a Native artist to do a public artwork for the museum’s sculpture garden, a response to the controversy over artist Sam Durant’s Scaffold work. “We are extremely fortunate to be working with the expertise, knowledge, and creative thinking of this committee, who collectively will help bring an important new work of art to the Walker Art Center collection and to the Twin Cities,” says Siri Engberg, the Walker’s senior curator and director of exhibitions.
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Royal Academy Plans Show of Works by Bill Viola and Michelangelo

July 20th, 2018

Bill Viola, via The GuardianThe Royal Academy in London will mount a show of works by Bill Viola alongside works by Michelangelo, The Guardian reports. “I got out the Michelangelos for him, thinking they had much more connection with the themes that Bill had been exploring throughout his career,” Martin Clayton, the head of prints and drawings at the Royal Collection, says of a meeting years ago between Viola and himself, “and he was blown away by them.”
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Pace Appoints Whitney Ferrare Director of Hong Kong Space

July 20th, 2018

Whitney Ferrare, via Art NewsPace Gallery has appointed Whitney Ferrare senior director of its Hong Kong location, bringing her over from Gagosian’s Hong Kong space. “Pace is distinct for its long-held and dedicated engagement with the artists and collectors across Asia—having partnered with legendary dealer Leng Lin to be the first major Western gallery to open a space in Asia, launching Pace in Beijing in 2008,” Ferrare says. “It feels particularly momentous to join Pace as the gallery celebrates its 10th anniversary in Asia, now with galleries in Hong Kong and Seoul, as well as Beijing.”
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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.

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