02.10.09

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Are you low on your Damien Hirst merch? Well hey, guess what? He has an online store now featuring not only some of his own goodies but work from other artists as well. He is a hotly contested artist to be sure but the guy is smart. Houses in multiple countries, yachts and millions of dollars. He know something that most of us don’t.

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4 Responses to “Other Criteria”

  1. Pete Says:

    why is the trend of measuring an artist’s worth in how much money she has, still increasing? I was just reading some of the shepard fairie ruckus, and multiple comments stated that whether or not he’s stealing the art of others, he’s a brilliant artist because he’s making a ton of money.

    don’t get me wrong. I know we all need to eat, provide, enjoy, be able to create more, etc. but do we really want/need an mtv cribs: arts?

  2. Christopher Says:

    I don’t think it is really a trend. Its been around for a long time. I guess you could call it the art of getting over. Picasso was a genius at it and in the process became one of the most prolific artists in all of history. We live in the heart of a a capitalist country that has generated a capitalist society that has become a capitalist civilization. Everything is measured by money. We have to have it to survive which ironically makes it almost impossible to trust anyone or anything because it pits everyone against the other. Its a shit state of affairs for someone who is truly creative and wants nothing other than just to be allowed to work from the heart and just make art. I would love to do that personally but I am constantly caught between that deep drive that is so intertwined with who I am and is constantly being pushed against what I have to do to ‘make it’ in this society. Its a hard time for the human race right now and I honestly wonder if doing things this way really allows us to reach our fullest potential. It makes it incredibly difficult to judge almost everything, especially when you are speaking about art, which to say is almost always in purely subjective terms. Art is unquantifiable and expansive while money is measurable and limiting. Oil and water. Fire and ice. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    Damien Hirst’s work and Shepard Fairey’s work and philosophies have both been a massive inspiration to me personally because sometimes I think their approach to making art in this society is an art in and of itself (ie: the art of getting over). I thought the same about Picasso, Andy Warhol and even Jean Michel Basquiat. I think that same ideology has a lot to do with the rise of the graffiti art movement. Banksy wouldn’t exist without it either. He has twisted it to something finer and more genuine though, I think.

    Money is our God in this society. We need a sweeping change to alter that paradigm. Saying that really pisses people off, but I think the fact that it does only strengthens the argument. It’s an easy button to push because you can close your eyes and stick out your finger to push it. It touches everything. It is a tie that binds our hearts and weakens our spirits. I don’t believe in socialism either, so I really don’t know what the solution is. I think capitalism has to exist in some form, but our greed is undoing us right now and if capitalism goes unchecked and unregulated, I think it can be every bit as destructive as pure socialism. The fact is every person deserves a chance and in a truly open society and for the benefit of all, artists should be allowed to reflect without restraint on the human condition and expound upon existence through their creations.

    Ah what to do. What to do. Tough situation for us all. Especially for us sensitive artsy-fartsy types.

  3. Bijan Says:

    To be honest I think it is a little ridiculous to sell a print for 20,000 Euros.
    It makes me a little angry. I’m sure people can disagree or argue against this.

  4. Christopher Says:

    Totally ridiculous but so is most everything that Damien Hirst does. I don’t think anyone would argue that. The crazy thing is people will still buy it.

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