Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Andres Serrano / Damien Hirst last night


ANDRES SERRANO
US 2007
DIRECTOR: ADAM KAHAN
At a recent exhibition in Sweden, vandals attacked the artist's work with pick axes. From his formative years in New York to his retrospectives in Avignon and Paris (where he was commissioned to photograph the members of the Comédie-Française, France's oldest theatre troupe), Serrano has proven to be an artist undaunted by controversy.

It was good to learn more about Serrano's work, this was just the right length & most interesting was the fact he has huge popularity in Paris, yet in the US I feel he perhaps isn't as well known. Other than Piss Christ, that is.


DAMIEN HIRST: ADDICTED TO ART
GREAT BRITAIN 2007
DIRECTOR: LUCY ALLEN
When a small proportion of Damien Hirst's art collection went on display at the Serpentine Gallery in London, the South Bank Show's Melvyn Bragg profiled the artist as a collector and businessman—rather than as the enfant terrible of the British art world, as he has also been known. Sarah Lucas, Sadie Coles and Jeff Koons feature.

Despite the fact I find Hirst fairly vile (see pic), he comes across better than I expected. Actually the most annoying aspect was that he was wearing an oversized Libertine skull print shirt throughout. It was good to see his collection, his studios and his crazy estate. I appreciate his appreciation, and it was great to see the South Bank Show again.

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