6 October 2017

Dan Colen Free-Spirited And Up For Anything – By Edward Lucie-Smith

Just occasionally, an exhibition manages to take me unawares. This was very much the case with Dan Colen’s new show at Damien Hirst’s splendid Newport Street Gallery. It does help that this is one of the very best spaces for showing art in London. Colen first emerged onto the New York art scene in the […]

21 June 2017

City of London launches Sculpture in the City 2017

Sculpture in the City, the City of London’s annual public art programme set amongst some of London’s most iconic architectural landmarks, launches on 27 June including works by Paul McCarthy,Martin Creed and Ryan Gander.

Vulgarity Rules A-List Contemporary Art Non-Existent At Riviera amfAR AIDS Gala

A – lister actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman and Will Smith turned out for the amfAR AIDS benefit that is the social highlight of the Cannes film festival. The event held annually at the Eden Roc Hotel, Cap d’Antibes on the French Riviera saw celebrities and benefactors paying up to $500,000 for a table. But where was the Contemporary art on the auction block?

5 May 2017

Is Ashley Bickerton Damien Hirst’s Bitch By Edward Lucie-Smith

One has been waiting for some time for Damien Hirst to exhibit an artist in some fashion at least resembling himself.

7 April 2017

Unbelievable – Damien Hirst Treasures In Venice Are A Shipwreck

Damien Hirst’s latest exhibition which opens to the public on April 9th, 2017, titled “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable,” focuses on a fictitious ship wreck which happened some 2,000 years ago off the coast of East Africa.

15 March 2017

Damien Hirst Targeted In Venice By Animal Rights Activists At Palazzo Grassi

Damien Hirst’s exhibition in Venice which open to the public on April 9 has been targeted by animal rights activists who dumped bags of dung outside the palazzo where the YBA is planning to return following a quiet period.

28 February 2017

Ashley Bickerton Solo Show Announced For Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery

The Newport Street Gallery has announced their next solo exhibition which follows Gavin Turk’s successful exhibition at Damien Hirst’s private Art Gallery. Ashley Bickerton an American artist (b.1959), will display work spanning more than three decades of his career and features almost 50 works, including both new and previously unexhibited pieces.

30 October 2016

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Damien Hirst Announces Official Major Collateral Exhibition At Venice Biennale 2017

Damien Hirst will unveil an unprecedented project with the Pinault Collection at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

9 October 2016

Damien Hirst’s Amazing Newport Street Gallery Wins Riba Stirling Prize 2016

The Gallery remodelled from three listed Victorian industrial buildings and the building of two new ones in Vauxhall was shortlisted in the Spring and has now taken the top prize. Architects Caruso St John was also shortlisted in 2000 and 2006. The Building’s floors are connected by spiral staircases with walls made of white brick. Jane Duncan, […]

15 September 2016

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Gavin Turk Gets Major Solo Exhibition At Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery

Damien Hirst first saw Gavin Turk’s work at his Royal College degree show in 1991 and began acquiring pieces in 1998. This latest show for the gallery, which follows Jeff Koons successful exhibition spans almost three decades, ‘Who What When Where How and Why’ will showcase works from throughout the artist’s career, many exhibited together for the first time. […]

17 August 2016

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Damien Hirst Last Supper Goes On Display At National Gallery Washington

A series of 13 monumental prints by the YBA artist Damien Hirst, entitled The Last Supper (1990) has been put on exhibit, at the Corcoran Gallery, part of the National Gallery in Washington. They were purchased in 2015 and have never been displayed as a complete set. Hirst is among the most prominent of the Young British Artists who revitalised the […]

16 July 2016

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Damien Hirst Cleared Of Formaldehyde Gate Controversy At Tate Retrospective

Back in April 2016 we reported that Damien Hirst’s 2012 Tate gallery retrospective may have leaked dangerous fumes from the various tanks exhibited, which could have caused a health hazard. A research paper from the Royal Society of Chemistry journal detailed the display and reportedly found that the preserved artworks “Away From The Flock” and “Mother And Child […]

14 July 2016

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Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery Nominated For Riba Stirling Prize

The six shortlisted entries for the prestigious 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building has been announced. The buildings will now go head-to-head for architecture’s highest accolade, to be awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on Thursday 6 October 2016. Now in its 21st year, the 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize is […]

3 June 2016

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Dropping Out Like Flies In A Damien Hirst Installation

The Artlyst lystical of creative people who dropped out at uni includes some predictable names: John Lennon, Orson Welles, good old Pablo Picasso. What do these names (Yoko Ono aside) have in common? They are prodigious geniuses who excelled beyond all expectations in their fields, notably going out on a limb and pushing boundaries (god I […]

1 June 2016

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Top Art School And College Dropouts Who Changed Our World

Oh no, not another bloody Listicle! When I first got into writing drivel for advertising, using a numbered list format was frowned upon. Punchy headlines and compelling stories were acceptable. Lists were the province of headache pills and other boring products that no self-respecting copywriter touched, particularly if his or her novel of the century was tucked away in […]

20 May 2016

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Jeff Koons: Showing The Love For Irony And Pseudo Philosophical Claptrap

The loads of people who know me as a boring old traditionalist (Turner Prize?! Yah boo hiss!) are always surprised when I say I actually love Jeff Koons. I really do, and enjoyed his new show, cleverly titled Now! at Damien Hirst’s gorgeously lovely wonderful awesome Newport Street Gallery. The reason being is that he […]

20 May 2016

Jeff Koons – The Art Of Not Quite Now By Edward Lucie-Smith

The Jeff Koons exhibition, entitled with the single word ‘NOW’, is the latest exhibition to be presented in Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, a series of beautiful spaces designed by architects Caruso St John. There is, in fact no nicer space for showing contemporary art now available in London. It knocks spots off (no pun intended) […]

18 May 2016

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Jeff Koons Now Exhibition Opens At Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery

Newport Street Gallery has unveiled ‘Now’, a solo exhibition of work by US artist Jeff Koons (b.1955), which opens to the public today, Wednesday 18th May 2016. To mark the opening of the exhibition, Newport Street Gallery will launch its new ‘Summer Lates’ opening hours, which will see the gallery remaining open until 10pm every Saturday […]

24 April 2016

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Damien Hirst Back In Gagosian’s Life After Four Year Hiatus

YBA Damien Hirst and super-dealer Larry Gagosian have settled their differences after a four year hiatus  The worlds largest gallery chain have committed their entire space at Frieze New York, in May to solo an overview of works created by Hirst. “It will be a classical presentation—an early shark piece, instrument cabinet, medicine cabinet, butterfly painting…We wanted to […]

5 February 2016

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Damien Hirst: Another Basement Conversion In Hampstead And Other Tales

I‘ve spent many a year working in Knightsbridge and Belgravia, and the tell-tale signs of a cellar dig out – blocked off scaffolding with conveyor belts emerging into a skip – pop up like mushrooms in the area. The relative smallness of these works give no hint to just how massive the below caverns are becoming: […]

2 February 2016

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Conservationists Tell Damien Hirst Swimming Pools And Art Don’t Mix

The Turner Prize winning Artist Damien Hirst has applied for further planning permission to build a mega basement under his Grade I listed Regent’s Park mansion, which has been nicknamed ‘San Simeon’ after W. R. Hurst’s castle in California. Hirst, 50, has filed a new planning application to accommodate a swimming pool, spa, yoga room and art gallery. It is […]

9 October 2015

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Damien Hirst Reveals His Community Spirit By Opening New Public Gallery

Imagine, if you will, the following scene (sepia tint optional): a young student Damien Hirst gazing wide eyed at John Hoyland’s brilliantly colourful and zingy Rothko-like abstracts at Leeds Art Gallery. One day, he thinks, I will be as great a painter as he. Fast forward a couple of decades, and Hirst hasn’t proved himself […]

8 October 2015

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Damien Hirst Unveils His Own Private Museum Complete With Pharmacy Restaurant

The Newport Street Gallery has opened their doors today (8th October), to the public in Vauxhall, south London. The gallery is the  brainchild of the mega-rich YBA artist Damien Hirst who now has a permanent space to house and display his vast art collection. Once the bad boy of the contemporary art world, Hirst seems […]

7 October 2015

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Damien Hirst’s Private Museum Launches With John Hoyland Solo Exhibition

Damien Hirst’s much anticipated new private museum opens on Tomorrow with a  solo exhibition of works by John Hoyland (1934–2011) – one of Britain’s leading abstract painters – will inaugurate Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, which opens in Vauxhall, south London on 8th October 2015. The Newport Street Gallery is a free, not for profit arts center developed at a personal […]

28 September 2015

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Damien Hirst, Francis Bacon, And Pablo Picasso On Display At Ordovas

Conceived by Damien Hirst and curated by Ordovas, ‘The Big Blue’ explores some of the ways in which the sea influences art, by looking at works that span many centuries from Roman times until today. Our intention is to offer an original and penetrating glimpse into a universal theme. “After the fascinating experience of working […]

21 September 2015

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Brian Sewell – Waspishly Undistorted By Political Correctitudes

Brian Sewell, the notorious British art critic, was a showman. He knew exactly how to play the part of critic. Stimulating, extreme in opinion, and extremely amusing. Sewell revelled in his own eccentricity, sharing his often outrageous opinions in the belief that others wished to do so but were lacking in honesty. He also believed […]

11 September 2015

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Damien Hirst: From Cynical Pharmacy To Saatchi-Style Private Gallery

Regular readers will know of the special reserve of bile I harbour for one Damien Hirst: the businessman peddling ‘art’ in a beyond-cynical way that would make Warhol choke on or at the very least regurgitate a little his oft quoted adage “good business is the best art”. It’s most worrying that the innumerable people […]

27 July 2015

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Damien Hirst: The First Art On Another Planet

In light of the recent and stunning images of Pluto taken by New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager from a distance of 280,000 miles, we are reminded that the galaxy is a visually stunning place, but also a place where – in fact – art already exists, not only on our planet – but now […]

27 July 2015

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Rachel Howard: Damien Hirst’s First Assistant Exhibits At Jerwood Gallery

This summer Jerwood Gallery presents British artist, Rachel Howard, for her largest solo public gallery exhibition in the UK. The artist was Damien Hirst’s first spot painter, in the 1990s, she was Hirst’s first assistant, today the artist juggles a life as a sheep farmer, mother of four and generally declines interviews. But the artist […]

10 July 2015

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Why Some Artists Die Poor And Others Die Rich Like Damien Hirst

OK, so admittedly Damien Hirst is still very much with us… But what can you say about an artist’s life’s work when they have died penniless and relatively unknown? The best way to answer is to reverse the question: why does it matter a damn that a collective of individuals have over a certain period encountered an […]

2 July 2015

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Damien Hirst Sculpture To Challenge Perceptions Of Disability In London

Damien Hirst’s Charity (2002-2003), a seven metres tall sculpture will be installed next to St. Helen’s Church and opposite the Gherkin in London’s Square Mile, as part of the 2015 edition of Sculpture in the City (launching 9 July). The monumental artwork is modelled on The Spastic’s Society (now national disability charity Scope) collection boxes from the 1960s. It opens a dialogue about disability and how […]