Damien Hirst

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Damien Hirst

One thing is certain, you are not likely to leave a Damien Hirst exhibit feeling ambivalent, indifferent or lacking in an opinion about his work. The Tate Modern’s exhibition of Hirst’s work leaves you with a spectrum of emotions and opinions. As I walked through the exhibit, I felt both repulsed and delighted. I saw nature at it’s best and at it’s worst. The exhibit challenges the idea what is of art? It also has you asking is Damien Hirst a genius or hoax? Damien Steven Hirst is an English artist, entrepreneur and art collector. He is the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists, who dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s. If you watched the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics in London you saw his work. Hirst produced a 5,600 square meter spin-painting version of the Union Jack, which became a giant dance floor for athletes and 80,000 spectators during the performances of Liam Gallagher from Oasis, the Spice Girls and Monty Python’s icon Eric Idle. Indeed, a spectacle of significant magnitude. Leading us to ask the question is he an artist or entertainer? One thing we can say, he is a very successful businessman.