Damien Hirst's New Shark
The British artist Damien Hirst plans to tread water and earn up to £24 million doing it. His iconic work of a dead shark floating in formaldehyde, "The Physical Impossibility Of Death In The Mind Of Someone Living
" completed in 1991 has been one of the works to be repeated. The original was sold last year to the American Steve Cohen for £7 million ($12 million), while the new derivative work of the dead shark "The Wrath of God" sold to the Samsung Museum in South Korea for £2.28m ($4 million).
The new shark has also come from Australia, but it is also less than half the size of the 1991 original.
Hirst earns £2m at the shark factory
"Among the apparently derivative artworks are a shark in formaldehyde, which has gone for £2.28m, and a work involving three preserved sheep, which is for sale at £5.7m.
Even the artist, who recently put his fortune at £100m, admits that he risks treading water creatively. "I feel I am not going anywhere any more with these works. They look nice and they can sell for ever, but I am not moving forward"
There's also a Damien Hirst exhibition in Mexico
, which seems to be selling too. The show is called "The Death of God" and will be showing at Galeria Hilario Galguera up until August (that's a six month long exhibition and the first exhibition for the gallery.)
Damien Hirst conquers Mexico
"In England if I did a show like this they would think: "Oh God, it is so obvious." Putting a skull in a painting is too obvious. Because a skull means death. But here they understand that a skull is a metaphor of transient life because Mexico has such a long history loaded with imagery. In North America I would also have problems with this show because they are so afraid of death, they hate this, they cannot look at a skull; they feel like they are under attack. It's more to do with a sense of humor failure than anything else." ArtNewspaper
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