Hey everyone, today we’re gonna be talking very very briefly about contemporary art, objects as art and maybe open up some discussion about what you lovely people think.
I saw an article on the University of Leicester website about some of our academics criticizing a Damien Hirst piece that shows the artist as a 16 year old, holding a severed head in a morgue. They assert that ” the image shows no respect for the man – who would still be recognisable to friends and family – and goes against every professional standard for how the dead should be treated.”
The history of using found objects to make artistic statements is nothing new, Marcel Duchamp was creating his Readymades as early as 1917. However, can the severed head of a recently deceased man be called an object? Certainly in a clinical sense it absolutely is, but seen through the lens of Hirst faltering career and slide into tired hack-dom, one can assume this is not the case of an earnest exploration of the nature of human mortality, but one of raiding his past for anything vaguely provocative and coming up with a 32 year old selfie with a dead man. Less contemporary art rebel and more old man clutching at straws.
What do you think? Do you love Hirst and think people should stop pretending they know what he’s about? Do you think he’s awful? Do you not care either way and think there’s much more interesting artists out there to talk about?
Let me know your views! I would love to hear from y’all, comment below.