Monday, September 15, 2008

Eastward The Course Of 'Western Civilization' … The Latest Dance Around The Golden [-Hoofed and Horned] Calf

… “[Damien] Hirst may be gambling with the current sale, but he has concentrated for months on marketing. He invited major collectors like the fashion designer Miuccia Prada, the Ukrainian businessman Victor Pinchuk and Christie’s owner, François Pinault to his Gloucestershire studios for a private preview of the auction.

The art for sale will be variations on familiar themes. There will be dead animals galore: black sheep and tiger sharks, a dove, a zebra. There will also be glass cabinets filled with everything from diamonds to cigarette butts. Paintings and works on paper decorated with his signature skulls and dots, swirls and butterflies are available in all sizes, including a 14-foot-long triptych to a 6-foot-square painting. As part of his sales pitch Mr. Hirst said that he would no longer be making spin or butterfly paintings and that there would be far fewer dead animals and almost no dot paintings.

Estimates range from a high of $15.8 million to $23.6 million for “The Golden Calf” — a white bullock preserved in formaldehyde, whose hoofs and horns are made of 18-carat gold and who has a gold disc crowning his head — to about $60,000 for a colored-pencil drawing of dots.” …

Carol Vogel “Damien Hirst’s Next Sensation: Thinking Outside the Dealer” New York Times September 14, 2008

Damien Hirst, as exhibited last autumn, at the Pinchuk Art Center, Kyiv, Ukraine [future European Union, if not future NATO].

Photo credit: (c) Pinchuk Art Center, Kyiv, Ukraine. With thanks.


"Hirst explores the uncertainty at the core of human experience; love, life, death, loyalty and betrayal through unexpected and unconventional media. Best known for the ‘Natural History’ works, which present animals in vitrines suspended in formaldehyde such as the iconic The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991) and Mother and Child Divided (1993), his works recast fundamental questions concerning the meaning of life and the fragility of biological existence."

Source: White Cube, London, U.K.


'Renaissance art' which hits closer to home.

Ms. Palin has indicated that she is fully prepared, and qualified, to "shake-up" Wall Street and the American financial and economic system...

Image credit: (c) Fred Sebastian via New York Times. 2008. All rights reserved. With thanks.


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