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Damien Hirst

DAMIEN HIRST

Damien Hirst, British Artist, was born in Bristol in 1965.  He is the most important exponent of the group Young British Artists (YBA), who came to light aout 20 years ago for the addictive and controversial Hirst’s themes is the death, often represented in a non-conventional way. His art scares and disgusts, but it’s also an invitation to reflect upon time passing by and caducity of life. Even though his art contiues to create indignation in public’s and critics’ mind,  he is one of the most famous and popular artists at the moment: everyone talks about Hists, about his skulls made of pure diamonds, about his works realized with chamicals and his  stuffed animals.

His most famous artwork is The Physical Impossibility Of Death In the Mind Of Someone Living, a four-meter tiger shark stuffed and preserved in a formaldehyde in a glass. It was commissioned in 1991 by Charles Saatchi, who sold it in 2004 for 8 million dollars, making Hirst one of the most expensive living artists in the world. For this reason the ”Shark of Hirst” has become an icon, giving the title to books on the art market and making animalists angry. This fact contributed to increase the popularity of the artist: today, the artworks o Damien Hirst are valued millions and millions of dollars.

“Great art – or good art – is when you look at it, experience it and it stays in your mind. I don't think conceptual art and traditional art are all that different. There's boring conceptual art and there's boring traditional art. Great art is if you can't stop thinking about it, then it becomes a memory.”
- Damien Hirst

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