Spot painting by Damien Hirst
First: I am not only an artist, but I'm also an art lover. Loving art to
me means that I can leave my own taste at home, and 'judge' contemporary
and older art by its quality, originality, unicity and power to
impress/touch the heart/get under one's skin. And (for older art) also
the time/period that it was made in. Usually I only react on art and
artists when I really think it's great (or when an artists asks my
opinion, but then I will always give constructive criticism). I don't
like to talk bad about art, because negative criticism can say as much
(or more) about me, than on the art(ist) in question and I also do not
want to disappoint people.
But now... I'm sorry, I really need to speak up. Not because I think
that I am better! NO... because I think a lot of artists, including
myself DESERVE better. At least as much as Damien Hirst...
Or I'd better turn it around? He does not deserve more than a lot of
extremely talented/their-ass-of-working/high quality/unique/original
Maybe I just have to see it this way: he's the lucky
What's this all about?
Damien Hirst, who is said to be one of todays leading contemporary
artists, confided to the Los Angeles Times, that his SPOT paintings look "sort of happy
— like Skittles or kids' sweets" but "when you see them
together you get kind of lost in them. There's an underlying
anxiousness."..... Wow, what a story!!!!
I can't believe that buyers fall for that crap! I get an underlying anxiousness as well when I look at those paintings... because I can NOT understand that people pay a lot of money for something so UNoriginal and dull (times at least 300 !!!! ... Is that original ?????).
Hirst's SPOT paintings are exhibited in all Gagosian Galleries all over the world.
Gagosian is a leading gallery. I mean... if I could work with them...
that would be like winning the lottery... okay okay I will stop dreaming
But really... I do NOT see another reason for them to work with Damien
Hirst than the fame of his name.... or differently said: the money they
can earn with his fame. Or do they really LOVE his spot paintings and butterflies???
I know that a gallery is not a charity institution. They have to earn
money just like everyone else does. But there really are artists on this
planet who have more exciting art to select from!
Of course, Hirst has done a lot more than his Spot paintings and his
Butterfly paintings. I actually like his shark (and other animals)
period... because it was innovative. But I cannot say that about his
recent work (of the last couple of years). I think it's highly
overestimated and personally I do not understand that an artist of his
level wants the Spot paintings to be known as his! I'm sorry... I would
not! I would love to advice Gagosian on some very good other artists though!
I need to add
that I am not a jealous person. I really wish the best to everyone,
especially to those who work hard to reach their goals (in each field). I wish the best
to Damien Hirst as well (so Damien don't take this too personal!). By the way Damien, there are some other artists as well who would easily fit in this post, instead of you.