Hirst's Hymn is Occupied
By The Art Newspaper. From In The Frame
Published online: 10 April 2012
The YBA who has turned money into art, Damien Hirst, has unsurprisingly caught the attention of Occupy Wall Street protestors in London. At the end of March, an article in The Occupied Times of London, the movement’s official newspaper, called Hirst “the man who has defined the capitalist approach to art more than any other”. “If Hirst is anything, he is the brash Goldman Sachs of the art world,” says the story’s writer Kester Brewin. “He has a vast personal fortune of over £200m, accumulated through an alchemy that would leave even the most brash bankers in awe: stock medicine cabinets, spots of paint, flies, butterflies and severed cows heads transformed into pieces that sell for millions.” And this weekend, Damien’s Hymn, a massive recreation of an anatomical dummy installed in front of Tate Modern where his retrospective is currently up, was graffitied with the single word “Occupy”. The museum confirms that the work “will be treated by conservators”.
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