8 November 2012


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]

12 May 2012


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]