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Damien Hirst Spot Art - Valentine Uhovski
The Contemporary British artist Damien Hirst is well- known for a number of works.
He's famous for suspending a full grown tiger shark in a tank of formaldehyde. And for encrusting millions of dollars worth of diamonds onto a human skull. And then there are the spots. Thousands of colourful painted spots on stark white canvas backgrounds. Most of the spots weren't even painted by Mr. Hirst, although the idea of a spotty painting is his own.
Right now, in his latest exhibit, there are more than 300 of the spot paintings hanging in 11 galleries around the world, including at the Gasgosian Gallery on West 21st in New York City. We heard from a few people on the street with their thoughts on the Hirst paintings.
If you think you can only say so much artistically with spots, then you should speak with Valentine Uhovski. He's a huge Damien Hirst fan and has travelled the world to see all the spots. Damien Hirst issued a challenge at the opening of the exhibit. Anyone who visited all 11 galleries in the eight countries, on three continents, would get a signed spot print. Hundreds of people have signed up for the challenge but Valentine Uhovski was the first person to finish it. It took him a mere 8 days. He's the co-founder and writer behind Art Ruby.com - a contemporary art website. He was in New York.
Damien Hirst Spot Art - Panel
Not everyone is quite so enthusiastic about the spots. One other thing that makes Hirst stand out from the pack is his wealth. Hirst is very likely the richest artist in the world. One more thing that makes him so controversial.
We assembled a panel to talk about the art, legacy and lucrative reality of Damien Hirst. Christian Viveros-Faune is an art critic for the Village Voice. He's written an obit for Damien Hirst... even though the artist is very much alive and well. He was in our New York studio. David Liss is the artistic director and curator for the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art or MOCCA in Toronto. And Blake Gopnik is an art & design critic with Newsweek and The Daily Beast. He was also in New York.
This half-hour was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath and Lara O'Brien.
Last Word - Damien Hirst
We've been listening to the fans and critics of Damien Hirst today and while it's easy to say that money isn't that important when you've got lots of it, Damien Hirst does occasionally sound almost wistful when talking about his success. On today's Last Word, we heard from artist Damien Hirst, musing on money and art.
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