The British artist Damien Hirst plans to tread water and earn up to £24 million doing it. His iconic work of a dead shark floating in formaldehyde, “The Physical Impossibility Of Death In The Mind Of Someone Living” completed in 1991 has been one of the works to be repeated. The original was sold last year to the American Steve Cohen for £7 million ($12 million), while the new derivative work of the dead shark “The Wrath of God” sold to the Samsung Museum in South Korea for £2.28m ($4 million).
The new shark has also come from Australia, but it is also less than half the size of the 1991 original.
Hirst earns £2m at the shark factory
“Among the apparently derivative artworks are a shark in formaldehyde, which has gone for £2.28m, and a work involving three preserved sheep, which is for sale at £5.7m.
Even the artist, who recently put his fortune at £100m, admits that he risks treading water creatively. “I feel I am not going anywhere any more with these works. They look nice and they can sell for ever, but I am not moving forward” Times Online
There’s also a Damien Hirst exhibition in Mexico, which seems to be selling too. The show is called “The Death of God” and will be showing at Galeria Hilario Galguera up until August (that’s a six month long exhibition and the first exhibition for the gallery.)
Damien Hirst conquers Mexico
“In England if I did a show like this they would think: “Oh God, it is so obvious.” Putting a skull in a painting is too obvious. Because a skull means death. But here they understand that a skull is a metaphor of transient life because Mexico has such a long history loaded with imagery. In North America I would also have problems with this show because they are so afraid of death, they hate this, they cannot look at a skull; they feel like they are under attack. It’s more to do with a sense of humor failure than anything else.” ArtNewspaper
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