The man that was once thought of as one of the most original thinkers in the arts is now being accused of not having any good ideas for the past 13 years. Arts writer Jonathan Jones once wrote glowingly about Damien Hirst, but now sees the artist as unimaginative and without ideas.
“In his day Hirst was, without question, the artist who most mattered in the entire world: the only artist whose images truly entered the culture’s lifeblood after the death of Andy Warhol. Even when he started to go off, he was worth giving the benefit of the doubt. I could forgive him everything because he had imagination. Now that is gone it is hard to forgive him anything.” Jonathan Jones
There’s also an active discussion going on at the bottom of the article, with all the usual Hirst attacks (mostly deserved). I think the artist would be loving every inch of text written about him. My guess is that Damien Hirst has this quote (below) by Andy Warhol printed on a card in his wallet. Every time he sees a negative article published about him, he probably pulls the quote out and giggles to himself.