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New Kerry James Marshall Pieces Delved Into Mystery of John James Audubon

August 4th, 2020

Kerry James Marshall unveils a body of new works in the NYT this week, inspired by the drawings of John James Audubon, and by historical assertions and evidence that the ornithologist and artist was black. “I didn’t know what to make of it, honestly,” he says. “If somebody did the research and put it in a book, then maybe it must be true. And I never forgot that assertion was made.”
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Hank Willis Thomas Interviewed in The Guardian

August 4th, 2020

Artist Hank Willis Thomas has an interview in The Guardian this week, as he exhibits a new sculpture in Atlanta’s Fourth Ward Park.  “To me, the work is a celebration and a provocation,” Thomas says. “It’s a symbol of community, strength, justice and belonging that aims to inspire action and demand social change.”
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Sotheby’s Announces $2.5 billion in Revenue for First Half of 2020

August 3rd, 2020

Sotheby’s announced earnings for the first half of 2020 at $2.5 billion with sales volume for the year down 25%, but impressive gains shown in online sales. “The art and luxury markets have proven to be incredibly resilient, and demand for quality across categories is unabated.” says CEO Charles Stewart.
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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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