Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Damien Hirst

Damien Hurst has a thirty foot statue on exhibition in the courtyard of the Royal Academy. It's modelled on Degas' Little Dancer, only Hirst's dancer is pregnant and one half of her has been flayed, exposing her bones and the child in her womb.

It's the sort of thing Dali might have done (and how old hat is that?) only Dali would have been less literal and more dreamlike-  more genuinely odd. 

Dali got a bad press for chasing the dollar, but that was then and this is now and Hirst- a country house-dwelling multi-millionaire- gets little but respect for what he does.

I'm not saying  Hirst's a phoney; things like his pickled shark and bisected cow have established themselves as modern icons; but his work has always been a bit obvious, a bit vulgar, a bit fairground freak-show (like Dali's) and all the signs are he's run out of ideas. 

And so (still like Dali) he's gone for excess and scale. The flayed dancer is a dull idea and making it totally ginormous doesn't hide the poverty of inspiration. His latest project is reported to be a plantinum skull encrusted all over with diamonds.  

A platinum skull encrusted with diamonds.  I can see it in my mind's eye. It's a image from an unwritten Jacobean play (probably by John Webster). Cool.  Now lets talk about something else.  

You're not actually going to bother to make it, are you?

Dali, too, in his final phase, turned to jewellery.
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