Thursday, February 9, 2012

Damien Hirst: The Pale Student of Unhallowed Arts

 "I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion. Frightful must it be, for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavour to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world"

Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley 

"Put some more monkey chemicals in FrankenHirst: His Gagosian show got panned"

Ever look at a Damien Hirst painting and thought "a monkey could paint better than that"? Hirst's Gagosian PR charade (Jan 12 -Feb 18) got me thinking about chimps. Not because he resembles one (Frieze describes him as "looking like a fossil from the Britpop era for whom time froze sometime around 1995 in the Groucho Club toilets"), but because his work reminds me of monkey art.

"I just move colour around on its own"
Damien Hirst 

Frankenstein's Monster

Hirst's Gagosian show: "A Perfect Storm of Banality"


  1. Mr. Museums, aka Henrock Obama, aka Hennesy Youngman says it best:

  2. Brilliant and hysterical! Of course, can we afford to laugh? The Jeff Koons show at Gagosian many years ago was just the same: 'The Emperor's New Clothes' comes to mind.

    You're always spot on!

    Cheers, Robert - Innate Style

  3. Is not a comment , is just a contribution .

    Thank,s for your blog.

    1. Woah, anonymous! Thank you for the contribution. Those images are incredible. I must get back on track and focus on artists with actual talent. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  5. Like Yoko said: "Maybe you draw circles or squares for twenty years or something ... and then win a prize."

  6. Made me laugh...thanks so much. The art world is sadly crazy at times. Good thing the joy and pleasure is in the creation. I made a healthy $700.00 last year (decimal in the right place)...and none of it was from art...but everyday I wake up and paint. I feel fortunate and rich! (though a little more cash would be okay too!)

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  8. Do you think there is a special place in hell for the likes of Damien? Or possibly better yet the people who propelled him fame over others who hold true artistic genius? I don't know...just throwing it out there!

    Again laughter is our only power over such justice!