Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Shoot not the messenger


The sacred bull, was worshipped at Memphis from the earliest period, having probably been introduced into the religious system as early as the 2nd dynasty by the king Kaiechos, who instituted the worship of Apis and the bull Mnevis.

Damien Hirst's The Golden Calf

Even my signature's worth £200… does that make me the new Picasso?
By Lucy Cavendish for The Scotsman

Of all the press coverage, I like the piece in The Scotsman best. It gives an insight into the man behind the artist. Hirst states, Art can be about money as long as the art outweighs the financial side.

I wonder what the collectors of his work would make of that?

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Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Sorry, I need to go lie down with a cool cloth on my forehead. I feel a wee bit nauseated.

Layer Cake said...

Hirst. Bah! Can't believe what his stuff sells for. Ridiculous.

Easy and Elegant Life said...


Thought you'd be interested. And thanks for a bit of interpretation of Hirst's works. I hadn't thought of a study of mortality; a thought that bears more investigation. I am a compleat novice when it comes to most art and modern art in particular.

Artists, in this day and age, work without patronage. They have to be compensated somehow. I like the idea of the artist taking the product to market as he stands to reap the most benefit from his labours. If he has the market, that is.

The House of Beauty and Culture said...

E&EL-thank you, interesting article.

Unfortunately in today's culture, irrespective of how good an artist is, without the correct marketing and representation they stand very little chance of being a great artist.

columnist said...

I think the "investment" aspect of Hirst and his ilk is what apparently makes it sell for such unbelievable amounts of money. But will the emperor turn out to have no clothes? The irony is that this auction was so successful during this huge global financial crisis. But what happens when that music stops? I think that prices achieved are more interesting than the art itself. But altogether an unbelievable story, and so far a better investment than a mortgage backed security, or a share in Bear Sterns, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, AIG etc etc etc.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Ain't it the truth? I think a blog introducing new artists would be a great idea. A virtual agency...

The House of Beauty and Culture said...

Columnist - at this level of unique works, rather than the level of works with multiple editions, does the music ever stop?

The House of Beauty and Culture said...

E&EL - an interesting idea. But, who would take it seriously? Even burgeoning artists want representation with influence. Influence with not only collectors, but also with art institutions. The romantic concept of paying one's dues has long since dissipated.