Art world enfant terrible Damien Hirst’s solo exhibition opened last week at the New Gagosian Gallery in Hong Kong. Before the show had even opened it had received more than its fair share of press thanks to Hirst’s controversial reputation and art-star power.
Damien Hirst has become one of Britain’s best known, and most profitable artists over the span of his more than twenty year career. He is particularly famous for his 1992 piece The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living and the amount paid for it by a collector. His latest exhibition of work is not without controversy either. For Heaven’s Sake, a diamond encrusted platinum baby’s skull has drawn both criticism and praise – a combination that has become the hallmark of Hirst’s career.
The show also includes new works including a series of hyper-realistic paintings of butterflies seen below. Love him or hate him, Hirst’s work can’t be faulted for not being interesting. Golden saints, diamond-covered skulls, stuffed sharks: this is not boring art.
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