12 May 2012

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Opportunity To Buy Damien Hirst Skull For £6,000

How much would you pay for a Damien Hirst skull? Not as much as you might think, as it turns out – if you are happy to fork out for a loose doodle on the back if a poster, that is! The doodle, having been given to a friend in Mexico, has somehow found its […]

9 May 2012

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Frieze New York Inaugural Edition A Triumph

In this round up of the greatest art show on Earth or at least NY, Frieze New York which ended Monday 7 May had many galleries reporting excellent sales across all levels of the market and expressing admiration for the overall conception of the new fair, its structure and environment.More than 180 galleries from 30 […]

7 May 2012

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Banksy Tops Poll As Most Iconic British Artist

The Banksy stencil painting of kissing policemen, first executed on a Brighton pub wall, has been selected as the most iconic British work of art in a poll of 1,000 artists.  The “Exit Through The Gift Shop” graffiti artist’s work tops a list dominated by modern and contemporary British works selected by the UK artists […]

4 May 2012

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Damien Hirst & Stella McCartney Give Art To Yoga Charity

Major artists including Damien Hirst and Stella McCartney have donated artwork to a charity auction, the proceeds of which will go towards a Special Yoga Therapy Centre in London. The auction – going by the title ‘Raising The Roof’ – also includes artworks by  Tracey Emin, Banksy, David Hockney, Gavin Turk, Sam Taylor-Wood, Marc Quinn, […]

1 May 2012

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Damien Hirst & Antony Gormley To Headline Frieze New York

Frieze New York is only days away. And finally we are to get a glimpse of what this inaugural event holds in store, including details of the booths of big hitters. This inaugural event will take place between the 4–7 May 2012 on Randall’s Island, Manhattan, and promises ‘the most forward-thinking galleries from around the […]

23 April 2012

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Tate Called To Justify Squandering Taxpayers Money On Damien Hirst Exhibition

One of Britain’s most prominent curators, Julian Spalding, has written to Tate Director Sir Nicholas Serota demanding him to justify squandering taxpayer’s money on the current Damien Hirst retrospective This call for a public debate comes in the wake of Spalding creating controversy last month with his call to all collectors to ‘sell your Damien […]

19 April 2012

Ron Mueck Proves His Worth At Hauser & Wirth REVIEW

  Thomas Keane asks just how good is Ron Mueck really? Pretty good, actually! An exhibition of hyper-realist sculptor Ron Mueck is well-timed. Emerging in the mid-1990s under the patronage of Charles Saatchi – at that time when it was Saatchi’s prerogative to make lists of What’s-Hot-and-What’s-Not – Mueck is to all intents and purpose […]

18 April 2012

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Damien Hirst Makes Harper Seven Beckham Baby Monitor

David and Victoria Beckham have splashed out on what is fast being dubbed ‘the most expensive baby monitor in history’ The device baby monitor is designed by superstar artist, businessman extraordinaire, and the world’s most the ostentatious luxury brand – none other than Damien Hirst himself (although, of course, whether he actually made is himself is […]

12 April 2012

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Affordable Art Fair To Reveal Damien Hirst New Works

AAF will see unveiling of new Damien Hirst spot works at affordable prices! By the end of 2011, the Affordable Art Fair reached their one millionth visitor, having sold an incredible £145 million worth of affordable art worldwide. The fair is proof indeed that ‘you don’t need to be a squillionaire to collect and enjoy […]

12 April 2012

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Occupy Movement Vitriolic Tirade Against Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst has been subjected to an anti-capitalist tirade from the pious Occupy Movement In an article published on the Occupy movement’s official newspaper, Hirst is denounced as ‘a capitalist who exploits labour for vast gain, and pulls up the drawbridge just as the shit begins to fly.’ This article appeared simultaneously with the vandalism […]

10 April 2012

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Heroes and Villains

What a year 2012 is proving to be, London is buzzing with national pride and expectation, pulling out all the stops in an ‘all singing, all dancing’ pageant of propaganda; a cultural retrospective.  Over the bank holiday weekend, my blood was electrified as I worked my way around some key exhibitions in the Capital. The Tate […]

5 April 2012

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Damien Hirst Review Of An Exhibition I Never Went To See

Retrospective @ Tate Modern runs from 4 April – 9 September 2012 Hennessy Youngman, a Brooklyn based artist, might have said it the best in his series, Art Thoughtz: Damien Hirst, when he describes Hirst’s recent spot paintings at the Gagosian galleries as a ‘perfect storm of banality’. Hirst’s art is a boring, irrelevant affect […]

5 April 2012

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Essential London Art Exhibitions To See This Easter

The Easter Holidays are finally here, and how better to spend them than getting out and about the capital to see some world class art! And, to help you out, here is ArtLyst’s selection of the biggest shows in London right now. Some are free but check on the links for full details…   Damien […]

3 April 2012

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Damien Hirst Beats Beatles In Peter Blake Album Redesign

Artists Dominate Peter Blakes Redesign Of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Album Sleeve The album cover for the Beatles’ album ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ is one pop culture’s most iconic images. It was co-designed by Sir Peter Blake in 1967; and now, in celebration of his 80th birthday, Blake has created an […]

2 April 2012

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Damien Hirst Enter Through The Gift Shop

Tate Modern Retrospective Offers Hirst Memorabilia From £6.50 – £ 36,800 If the public wasn’t already aware that Damien Hirst’s name is synonymously linked with branding and money, Tate Modern has included a separate page inside the press pack relating to the exclusive merchandise available at the gallery for the larger than life Damien Hirst […]

2 April 2012

Damien Hirst Love Money Death And Hyperbole REVIEW

Tate Modern retrospective anticipates 2m visitors   ‘We have more press here at the Damien Hirst press view, than there were people at the premier of Harry Potter’, Director of Tate Modern, Chris Dercon gleefully announced this morning. And, if the artworld really is the new Hollywood (as those in the know say that it is), […]

1 April 2012

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Why The Qatar Royals Rule The Contemporary Art World

With money to burn who can compete with this family’s ambition to create the 21st centuries greatest art collection? In the last half century, the Qatari royal family has become a formidable force in the art world. In 2007 they bought Hirst’s Lullaby Spring pill cabinet for almost £9.65m – then the highest price ever […]

31 March 2012

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Damien Hirst’s Big Fat Tate Modern Retrospective

The key exhibition of the Cultural Olympiad opens for business The biggest British art event of 2012 – Damien Hirst’s major retrospective, has now had its press preview. The teams of curators and gallery assistants burned the candle last night putting the finishing touches on an exhibition that has not been easy or straight forward […]

29 March 2012

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“Sell Your Damien Hirst While You Still Can”, Warns Curator

Art critic and curator Julian Spalding has struck out at Damien Hirst, warning collectors to sell sell sell as his work will soon be worthless This criticism comes ahead of a major exhibition of Hirst’s work opening at Tate Modern in London next week. ‘The emperor has nothing on. When the penny drops that these […]

26 March 2012

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New Damien Hirst Exhibition Depicts Utopia Of Pills & Diamonds

Paul Stolper Gallery presents exhibition of six new inkjet and foil block prints by Damien Hirst ‘Utopia’ will display works depicting rows of either pills, diamonds or cigarettes arranged in metal cabinets, together with ‘Till Death Do Us Part,’ a series of ten foil block skulls on brightly coloured silkscreened paper. In this exhibition, Hirst continues […]

26 March 2012

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Damien Hirst & Rankin To Headline Nova Festival

Nova Festival set to showcase some of the UK’s most exciting visual art Taking the biggest ideas and building a festival dedicated to those who love art and music, Nova aims to re-imagine the great British festival experience. Set in the stunning West Sussex countryside estate at Bignor Park, Nova is a small, 5,000 capacity, […]

25 March 2012

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Damien Hirst And Noel Fielding Virtually Tour Tate Modern

Art Enthusiasts May View Hirst’s New Retrospective From Their Armchair A new Damien Hirst documentary film is being prepared for release to coincide with the Tate retrospective exhibition which opens on 4 April. Directed and edited by BAFTA award winner Chris King (Senna) ‘Damien Hirst: Thoughts, Work, Life’ includes an exclusive interview with the artist, […]

17 March 2012

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Free Damien Hirst Spot Prints Offered By Gagosian

 Gagosian gives signed print to visitors of all eleven Hirst exhibitions Whether this was some kind of a private joke, I can’t say, and I know almost everything! It was reported last month that Larry Gagosian was giving away a free signed print by Damien Hirst to art enthusiasts, who visited all eleven locations of […]

15 March 2012

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Art By Kids Competes With Damien Hirst At London Gallery

Kenny Schachter presents artworks by kids and family friends alongside that of Hirst, Condo, and Hadid Gallerist Kenny Schachter has put together your average exhibition of blue chip artists – Damien Hirst, George Condo, Zaha Hadid and Keith Tyson –, but with one major difference: the show also includes artwork made by himself,  his four […]

10 March 2012

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Damien Hirst Set To Open Public Gallery In 2014

New London Space To House Bacon Koons Banksy and YBA Collection Damien Hirst has expressed his intention to open a public art gallery, in South London to display his vast collection of Modern and Contemporary art. “It’s my Saatchi gallery, basically,” Hirst told the Observer, describing the development project in Lambeth that will soon display […]

10 March 2012

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Tate Modern Undergoes Reinforcements For Damien Hirst

Tate Modern, has found it necessary to reinforces the third floor gallery floors in preparation for the major Damien Hirst exhibition which is coinciding with the 2012 cultural Olympiad. The Hirst solo show which is opens April 4 and runs until September 9, is partly made up of vitrine type tanks which hold thousands of […]

24 February 2012

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Gavin And Turk The ArtLyst Interview

Thomas Keane gets an exclusive insight into Gavin Turk’s new exhibition 2012 kicked off with a controversy between two of the biggest names in contemporary art, with David Hockney seemingly lashing out at Damien Hirst’s detached use of assistants to produce his work: ‘it’s a little insulting to craftsmen’ he was quoted as saying, while […]

18 February 2012

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Damien Hirst Trades Spots For Bricks And Mortar

New Hirst Eco devolopment in Devon builds 500 new affordable homes Damien Hirst, is turning his entrepeneurial  expertise to property development. Yesterday he unveiled plans to  build 500 eco homes overlooking the Bristol Channel. The 46 year old stated that he was “incredibly excited” about the Ilfracombe, Devon development, a project in which he hopes […]

14 February 2012

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Bag Your Own Picasso At 20 21 International Art Fair

Sixth edition of 20/21 International Art Fair boasts international dealers peddling art by world class artists This weekend, the 20/21 INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR is the only place to be if you’re an Art lovin’ Londoner. Taking place at the Royal College of Art, in Kensington Gore, London SW7, from 16 – 19 February 2012, the fair […]

11 February 2012

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Henry Moore Breaks Damien Hirst Auction Record

Most expensive British bronze sells for £19.1 million At Christie’s Christies has broken the auction record for the most expensive work of British sculpture sold. The work of art, by Modernist Henry Moore depicts a reclining female figure resting on her elbow. The abstract bronze,titled Reclining Figure was created for the Festival of Britain in […]

10 February 2012

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Portrait Of Lucian Freud Revealed For First Time

Bonhams is all set for Monday’s sale of important works by key artists of the twentieth century – including the only portrait Auerbach ever made of Freud –, estimated to make £1,853,000-2,725,000 According to Benedetta Ghione-Webb, Head of Sale, each lot has been ‘carefully selected because it shows the very best of the artist’. Pride […]

9 February 2012

Curators Of The Future Stage Major Courtauld Exhibition

East Wing X: Material Matters @ Courtauld Institute of Art – REVIEW Every other year, coming on for two decades, the Courtauld Institute of Art has given over its East Wing to a student-run exhibition of contemporary art. It represents a sort of test run for the curators of the future, currently being incubated in […]