The Physical Impossibility Of Death In The Mind Of Someone Living

damien hirst shark

Damien Hirst’s shark (The Physical Impossibility Of Death In The Mind Of Someone Living) is migrating across the ocean to the United States from it current UK homeland. The dead shark floating in formaldehyde is an iconic work that symbolizes the Britart movement and won Hirst a Turner prize nomination in 1992.

British art collector and advertising whiz Charles Saatchi has sold the work for more than 6.2 million pounds to an American collector that will donate it to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


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Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. Art Critic says:

    Sounds like a well traveled shark, even in its afterlife. Wasn’t the shark caught in Australia? I think I read that somewhere.
    Anyway, I hope “the physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living” lives a happy life wherever it ends up.
    (I still believe a preserved dead shark should be in an historical museum rather than an art museum, but such is life. (and bravo to Damien Hirst for being smart enough to make a dead shark art!).

  2. Anonymous says:

    Turner was the first to come up with this animal in glass box and formaldyhide

  3. Anonymous says:

    I want to have sex with the shark!


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