Anonymous posted a comment on the Damien Hirst exhibition post recently, accusing Hirst of stealing the butterfly/stained glass idea from another artist.
“Before it has even opened, there’s a growing controversy in Los Angeles regarding the pending exhibition by Damien Hirst at Gagosian Gallery, and the the similarities between Hirst’s work and that of L.A.-based artist Lori Precious almost identical pieces have been in museums and galleries from London to New York to L.A. for more than ten years, including a one-woman show back in the Nineties. While “appropriation” is the vogue in contemporary culture, more than almost any other recent instance this raises the question of when something stops being appropriation and becomes something more dishonest. Hirst uses the exact same material (butterfly wings), wedded to the exact same idea (recreations of stained-glass windows) and the exact same form (mandala) — all to the exact same end as Precious’ work.” Anon Comment
I think the works have similarities, but show me a great artist from history that has not stolen a lot of his/her ideas from another artist and I will eat my hat.
See the butterfly works by Lori Precious here..
See the butterfly works by Damien Hirst here..
I like this quote by one of the greatest thieves that ever picked up a paint brush..
“Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” Pablo Picasso
Daniel of Life by Design goes into more detail about the butterfly controversy here and there’s a bit of a debate going on here.