I know I’ve been accused of mentioning Damien Hirst too much, and his work doesn’t please everyone, but he keeps making the news and a lot of it is worth mentioning. He brings up issues that should be talked about.
Perhaps his most famous work (The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living) will soon be replaced with a new dead shark. The work was made in 1991 and is already falling apart, the liquid is murky, and the shark has changed shape.
The American hedge fund manager Steve Cohen paid about 6.5 million pounds for the Hirst work in 2004 and is now in discussions with Damien Hirst to have the shark completely replaced.
It makes one think about contemporary art differently. Does it really matter if the shark is replaced? Will it become just a copy of the original? What about the Wrath of God?
Damien Hirst in talks to replace rotting shark
Speaking to The Art Newspaper, the dealer Larry Gagosian said: “The shark is a conceptual piece and to substitute a shark of equal size and appearance, in my opinion, does not alter the piece. Steve Cohen is very happy with the piece and is not troubled at all with having to substitute it. It’s not a direct analogy but if you have a work by Dan Flavin and one of the lights goes out and you substitute it, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t affect the significance of the piece, or the value of the piece.” ArtNewspaper
See a larger image of The Physical Impossibility Of Death In The Mind Of Someone Living by Damien Hirst.
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