ArtListings > News > Archive > Damien Hirst says criticism is 'to be expected'

Damien Hirst says criticism is 'to be expected'

02 April '12 by the editors | Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Controversial artist Damien Hirst says he expects his work to be criticised and that he does not let it affect him.

"You've got to ignore it," he told the BBC's Will Gompertz. "I've had negative reactions all through my career.

"I try not to take the nice things that people say seriously," he continued. "Then you can avoid the bad things."

The 46-year-old Bristolian was speaking ahead of a retrospective at Tate Modern in London featuring highlights from his phenomenally successful career.

The exhibition features such works as his diamond skull, titled For The Love Of God, and the infamous shark pickled in formaldehyde, also known as The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living.

The retrospective, Hirst's first in the UK, opens to the public on Wednesday as part of the London 2012 Festival.

It launches amid accusations from Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman and others that he is more concerned with money than art.

Last month, art critic Julian Spalding suggested Hirst's pieces had "no artistic content" and would soon be "worthless financially".

The artist - one of the "YBAs" or Young British Artists to come to prominence in the late 1980s - has also faced criticism for using assistants to complete or realise his work.

'Money-grabbing'

David Hockney made comments in January which were assumed to be a criticism of Hirst's "production line" technique, although he later issued a statement stating he had not meant to "imply criticism of another artist's working practices".

Speaking to the BBC, Hirst admitted that selling his work was important but rejected suggestions he was "a money-grabbing show-off".


Read entire article...


More news

Four paintings worth $1m (£625,000) stolen from a New York gallery have been recovered in Germany 24 years on.
01 April '12
www.bbc.co.uk


A Chinese Imperial jade seal and album of calligraphy are being re-offered for sale this week after their Asian bidders failed to pay.
31 March '12
www.bloomberg.com


When London’s National Gallery mounted its blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci exhibition late last year, advance tickets sold out the first week, online scalpers pocketed up to $400 per ticket and crowds lined up around the block at dawn for the paltry number of tickets still for sale.
30 March '12
artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com


Typically associated with beauty and erotic desire, Aphrodite is one of the most compelling and powerful of ancient Greek divinities.
29 March '12
www.artdaily.com


The artist’s foundation reveals its intention to become one of the largest grant-making organisations in the country.
29 March '12
www.theartnewspaper.com


Greek police recovered an ancient statue that was illegally excavated and hidden in a goat pen near Athens, and arrested the goat herder and another man who were allegedly trying to sell the work for €500,000
29 March '12
www.artdaily.com


William Klein will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award at the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards.
28 March '12
www.telegraph.co.uk


The Biennale des Antiquaires is France's oldest art fair — but its director is hoping that this year, you won't notice that. In an effort to make Paris's swankiest art event feel fresh again, Christian Deydier has convinced fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld to serve as the fair's official "scenographer."
28 March '12
www.artinfo.com


Identification by leading expert on 17th century Dutch masters will add millions to artwork last publicly exhibited in 1950.
28 March '12
www.guardian.co.uk


The house in south London where artist Vincent van Gogh lived for about a year has been sold for £565,000.
28 March '12
www.bbc.co.uk


Closed for nearly a decade, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam is set to reopen to the public this fall, on Sept. 23, with a grand exhibition of its permanent collection.
28 March '12
artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com


For nearly six decades a Cézanne watercolor depicting Paulin Paulet, a gardener on the artist’s family estate near Aix-en-Provence, was familiar to scholars only as a black-and-white photograph.
28 March '12
www.nytimes.com


Dulwich Picture Gallery announced its summer exhibition Andy Warhol: The Portfolios, Bank of America Collection.
28 March '12
www.artdaily.com


TEFAF Maastricht celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012, which provided the opportunity both to celebrate the achievements of the past and examine the challenges of the future.
27 March '12
www.tefaf.com


Spalding claims the penny will soon drop that "con art" has no place in top galleries.
27 March '12
www.independent.co.uk


Of the adjectives often used to describe the art market — complex, unregulated and opaque — the last has always been truest. Glimpses into negotiations between high-end galleries and collectors are rare.
27 March '12
www.nytimes.com


Art Dubai, the Middle East’s largest art fair, has this year attracted record numbers of visitors, as the Arab spring, combined with an increasingly mature regional art market, has intensified interest in Arab artists, writes Tom Gara in Abu Dhabi.
26 March '12
bernardevans.co.uk


After a few months of “will he or won’t he” speculation, James Murdoch informed Sotheby’s that he won’t be seeking re-election to the board of the auction house.
26 March '12
www.artinfo.com


Follow ArtListings
New on ArtListings
Latest art news
Art & Antiques Fairs