Damien Hirst’s retrospective at the Tate Modern was its most popular show in history. However, the Tate divulged that the exhibition triggered a wave of angry complaints from visitors horrified by the lack of talent on display. Members of the public wrote to the state-funded gallery accusing it of wasting taxpayers’ money by showcasing art that was “repetitive”, “meaningless” and “almost universally awful”. One complainant labelled the exhibition “an insult to people’s intelligence and a disgrace for a world class gallery,” while another said it was “cunningly, successfully purveying nothing”. Nearly half a million people visited the exhibition. (read the full article here)
Damien Hirst has admitted he uses his children’s ideas for his own art and said the young can produce “much better” work than adults. The 48-year-old, thought to be the world’s richest artist, said adults’ creativity was often held back by fear, whereas children “just dive in”. Mr Hirst, who was last year estimated to be worth more than £200 million and is one of the most famous artists of modern times, said his work was occasionally criticized as “childish” but that was not a bad thing. He said: “The world’s a very complicated place and sometimes you look at it and you feel like a child and that’s the sort of best viewpoint. In the face of the world, we’re always children.” (read the full article here)
Damien Hirst is to publish an autobiography revealing his little-known youthful exploits, as he signs up Keith Richards’ ghost-writer to help. The book, due to be published by Viking Penguin next year, will follow Hirst’s rise to fame which has seen him become of the country’s wealthiest artists. (read the full article here)
Gallery Art’s Damien Hirst Collection Is Here.