14 February 2013

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The Best Valentines Created By A-List international Contemporary Artists

Today is Valentines day, a time when you show your appreciation to someone that you desire or love by sending them a card. So what does the card actually say about you? and does your choice actually matter?  We at ArtLyst think that it does, so here is a competition devoted to testing your knowledge […]

11 February 2013

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Damien Hirst: Official Year Of The Snake Prediction Outlook

This is the ‘Year of the Snake’ under the Chinese zodiac and ‘allegedly’ the snake is quite an interesting person. Well Known Snakes include Picasso, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and of course the bad boy of British art, Damien Hirst. Like the snake in the biblical story of Adam and Eve, this reptile is […]

7 February 2013

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Mark Wallinger Spearheads London Underground’s Largest Art Commission

Mark Wallinger has been chosen as the artist to spearhead the largest ever commission for London Underground. 270 permanent art works are to be displayed at Tube stations around London. The first ten artworks to go on display from 7 February ,are by the 53 year old artist who was teaching at Goldsmiths when Damien […]

13 January 2013

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Damien Hirst Designs A Mundane Statuette For A Sanitised Award

Last week the Brit awards unveiled its coveted design for this years prize. It was conceived by none other than the king of bland, Damien Hirst. This marks the third year in a row that a well known British artist has put their own individual stamp on the statuette. Now what do you think old […]

11 January 2013

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Damien Hirst and Kate Middleton Welcome Visitors To The Shard

The Shard, the latest London landmark, designed by the world famous architect Renzo Piano has a brand new visitor experience and viewing platform. It was previewed for the first time this week and ArtLyst got to explore the dizzying heights of Europe’s tallest building. The attraction’s official opening to the public has been announced for […]

8 January 2013

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Tate Modern Record 5.3 Million Attendance Figure for 2012

Tate Modern one of London’s most popular cultural attractions has seen a record 5.3 million visitors in 2012. This is the highest ever recorded figure for a calendar year in its history. The figure was up 9.5% on the previous year. Tate Britain has also had a good year with 1.53 million visitors coming through […]

30 December 2012

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Gagosian Gallery Empire Under Threat As Top Artists Jump Ship

In the latter half of December, the largest gallery in the world suddenly found its future dominance in doubt. The Gagosian Gallery, which turned over almost one billion dollars in 2011, had its relationship with two of its leading artists, Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama, abruptly severed. A third star, Jeff Koons, appeared on the […]

24 December 2012

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Gagosian Suffers Third Artist Defection As Yayoi Kusama Abandons Gallery

Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and Now Yayoi Kusama are set to move on from the worlds largest Art Gallery. The question on the art world’s mind remains, why? Kusama who shows with the family run Victoria Miro gallery in London will most likely be looking for a more personal service from her dealer. The actual […]

23 December 2012

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Joe Strummer Celebrated On the Tenth Anniversary Of His Death

Today is the tenth anniversary of the death of the legendary Joe Strummer the singer and guitarist of the Clash, a band that had it not existed, music would be very different today.  The Clash left an important legacy in the bands they influenced including, REM, The Cure, Arcade Fire, Manic Street Preachers, U2, Green […]

7 December 2012

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Damien Hirst Emperor Spotted Stark Naked At Art Basel Miami

The vicissitudes of the art market have claimed another high profile scalp, according to data collected by Artnet and analysed in a Bloomberg article last week, Damien Hirst prices are static. Walking around Art Basel Miami this week there are many works by the British YBA Artist on offer, but few takers for a multitude […]

3 December 2012

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Damien Hirst’s Guest Appearance On Mary Kate And Ashley Bag

Damien Hirst has forged a partnership with award winning designers ‘The Row’ to create a range of spotted backpacks which will be sold to benefit  UNICEF. The collection sums up the inovative design team and the Turner Prize winning artist’s ability to merge art and design for a good cause. Dubbed a study in contrast, […]

25 November 2012

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Damien Hirst: Verity Switches On The Ilfracombe Christmas Lights

Hundreds of people gathered last night at Ilfrcombe harbour, to witness the official switch on of the newly-installed spot lights illuminating Damien Hirst’s controversial statue Verity. Local businesses donated more than £1,000 for a fireworks display, which took place after the official illumination.Cheers went up as the pregnant, sword-wielding teenager, a modern allegory representing  truth […]

18 November 2012

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Damien Hirst Portrait Of The Artist As An Ink Jet Print

Damien Hirst has sat for a rare portrait, by an emerging artist, in London. The ‘shark’ artist agreed to pose for a painting by the British artist Jonathan Yeo. The preliminary sketch is on exhibition in the form of a hand painted ink-jet print, at his latest show titled ‘Some People’ at the Eleven Fine […]

8 November 2012

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Damien Hirst Verity Signage Sparks Complaints From Local Traders

Local traders in Ilfracombe North Devon are up in arms that signs for its latest attraction, Damien Hirst’s Verity statue are directing visitors away from the High Street shopping district. A number of shopkeepers have been in touch with the Ilfracombe Town Council and have used social networking such as the authority’s Facebook page to […]

31 October 2012

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Art Critics Condemn The Influence Of Money And Celebrity

In October, the buzz around the Frieze Art Fair was amplified by some spectacular transactions. The record-breaking sale of Gerhard Richter’s ‘Abstraktes Bild’ caught the headlines with its mix of money and celebrity: Eric Clapton sold the piece for £21.3m, the highest amount ever paid for a work by a living artist.Beneath this cataract of […]

16 October 2012

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Damien Hirst Unveils Statue Taller Than Angel Of The North

A sculpture, taller than the Angel of the North, of a pregnant teenager by the YBA artist Damien Hirst has been unveiled in lfracombe North Devon. The bronze, sword-wielding depiction is a modern allegory representing  truth and justice. The work is half on and half off the bone, as the sculpture is anatomically dissected on […]

8 October 2012

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Saatchi New Sensations Artists To Design Absolut Bottle Art

The Saatchi Gallery and ABSOLUT have announced a new initiative as part of this year’s New Sensations Prize. ABSOLUT has had a long association with artists, including Andy Warhol and Louise Bourgeois to Keith Haring and Damien Hirst, who have created works in response to the distinctive shape of the ABSOLUT bottle. ABSOLUT Blank is […]

5 October 2012

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White Cube to Close Hoxton Gallery After Visitor Drop

White Cube Hoxton, the prototype for many of London’s new breed of gallery, are to shut their doors at number 48 Hoxton Square, after visitor numbers dropped, due to the competition from the other two branches of the gallery. The space opened by Jay Jopling, held its first exhibition in 2000 and has exhibited a […]

21 September 2012

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Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective Will Knock The Spots Off Damien Hirst

Tate Modern will stage the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the iconic Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, in Spring 2013. The exhibition co- curated by the Tate, has been traveling for the last six months, first opening at the The Art Institute of Chicago and currently launching at the National Gallery in Washington DC (from […]

17 September 2012

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Damien Hirst Is Tate’s Six Million Pound Man

Tate Modern announced today that the Damien Hirst exhibition launched as part of the Cultural Olympiad has been one of the most successful in its history.The exhibition welcomed 463,087 visitors over the five month period. It is the most visited solo exhibition ever held at the gallery, ahead of the Edward Hopper retrospective in 2004 […]

12 September 2012

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Damien Hirst Donates Spin Art AK-47 Rifle To Peace Auction

Some of the best known names in British Contemporary Art, including Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, Jeremy Deller, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Gavin Turk, Stuart Semple, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood  are uniting for Peace One Day, to react against the horror of violence globally, with ‘AKA Peace’. Creating brand new works for a blockbuster […]

8 September 2012

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Damien Hirst Pregnant Chav Sculpture Gets Ilfracombe Council Approval

A monumental 20m (67ft)  Damien Hirst statue titled, ‘Verity’, that was submitted to Ilfracombe council for planning permission, has been approved by the local council. Despite furious opposition by locals, the installation will now go ahead. It was reported at the meeting that the sculpture of a pregnant teenager had attracted over 100 letters of […]

29 August 2012

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Damien Hirst Creates Spin Art Masterpiece For Blue Peter

YBA Artist Damien Hirst has told of how the inspiration for his iconic spin paintings were inspired by an episode of the Kids TV program Blue Peter. Back in the 1970’s the presenter John Noakes demonstrated the spin painting technique and it was witnessed by a nine-year-old Hirst. “I grew up with Blue Peter,” he […]

12 August 2012

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Damien Hirst Designs Olympic Closing Ceremony Stage Set

The British YBA painter Damien Hirst has designed the back drop or should I say floor drop for the Olympic closing ceremony. It is the largest of his ‘Spin Art’ paintings ever created and makes up a Union Jack flag viewed from above. The closing ceremony of the Olympics is the largest global party ever […]

4 August 2012

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Damien Hirst Creates Special Painting For David Beckham Baby

The Beckham’s have become serious art collectors with works added monthly to their growing collection of A-Lister artists. The combined collection has an insurance valuation of over a million pounds and includes artists like: Sam Taylor-Wood, Tracey Emin and Andreas Gursky’s photograph of a Prada shoe. The latest addition to David and Victoria’s gallery is […]

29 July 2012

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Damien Hirst Donates Guitars To Joe Strummer Charity

Turner Prize winning artist Damien Hirst has donated two brand new paintings on Guitars to be raffled to honour the 10th anniversary of Joe Strummer’s death, and support the music charity in his name, Strummerville. As a homage to the fantastic music The Clash left behind, Hirst has painted and modified a Fender Telecaster electric […]

6 July 2012

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Damien Hirst Trades Steak for Burger King Whopper

It seems like only last week that Damien Hirst installed his massive ‘Cow & Chicken tank in an upmarket Shoreditch restaurant . Well now La Hirst has decided to be the man of the people he really is (nod, nod, wink) by loaning the painting titled, ‘Beautiful Psychedelic Gherkin Exploding Tomato Sauce All Over Your […]

28 June 2012

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Damien Hirst’s Unfunny Stone Roses Quip

Damien Hirst said yesterday, ‘The Stone Roses are more important than Picasso.’  Would Picasso have said that Frank Sinatra was more important than Cezanne? I doubt it! In his efforts to constantly invent controversy, Hirst has become more and more of a charlatan ( No not the band!!!) . How can you compare two entirely […]

19 June 2012

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Cultural Olympiad Launches With First Rate Visual Art Lineup

The London 2012 Festival opens with a bang and a bounce as Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller exhibits his life-size inflatable replica of Stonehenge. The work entitled ‘Sacrilege’ will ‘pop up’ for the first time at the National Botanical Gardens in Carmarthen to mark the opening day of the Cultural Olympiad. The representation of […]

12 June 2012

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Damien Hirst Installs Two Major Works in A London Restaurant

Damien Hirst has designed two new works of art that have become the centrepiece of a new restaurant in Shorditch. He is no stranger to the restaurant industry having founded Pharmacy in the 90’s in Notting Hill Gate. The exhibited pieces have been specifically created to celebrate the opening of Mark Hix’s latest restaurant venture […]

10 June 2012

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Damien Hirst And Mother Of His Children Divided

Partner Maia Norman walks out after 20 year relationship – It was announced today that Damien Hirst and his Californian-born, long term partner the Fashion designer Maia Norman have split up, after 20 years together. The mother of his three children has been reported to be dating Lt-Colonel Tim Spicer a former British ­mercenary commander. […]

26 May 2012

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Damien Hirst An Array Of Victorian Sideshow Oddities

New White Cube Bermondsey Show ironically self-reflexive Two Weeks, One Summer – ReviewAt first glance, you wouldn’t know the exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey presents new works by Damien Hirst. These traditional still life paintings set against an almost uniform navy blue background could be by anyone. But, in a space as massive and prestigious […]