“The spot paintings may be made to order by studio assistants but the work here – painted by the artist himself – feels, if anything, even more churned out.”
Is it a sign of his success that so many bloggers choose to spend our time saying nasty things about Mr Hirst?
Damien Hirst, Two Parrots, 2010
After so much discussion recently about Damien Hirst’s spot paintings and his non-involvement in the actual painting process, I decided to face up to the challenge and go and take a look at the paintings he makes himself. Hirst’s exhibition Two Weeks One Summer at White Cube Bermondsey includes a series of 35 paintings Hirst made at his Devon home in 2010 along with an installation, The Battle Between Good and Evil (2007). I missed No Love Lost Hirst’s Blue Paintings at the Wallace Collection in 2009-10 and though I remember the poor reviews that show received I went to this one with an open mind and a determination to write about the work fairly. So here goes…
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