The last creation of Damien Hirst in Ilfracombe, ‘Verity’, represents a pregnant woman and her internal organs: the polemic is again served!
Damien Hirst is the most paid artist in the world and his fortune is calculated in more than 1.000 million dollars (may I say ‘wow’?). Recently, he has donated for 20 years his sculpture in bronze ‘Verity’ and the neighbors, of course, has pronounced not very beautiful words about that.
We have spoken about Damien Hirst in another article (http://yareah.com/retrospective-of-damien-hirst-abject-art/) and, if you have read me before, you know I don’t like to talk bad about anyone. I prefer to keep on silence better and, in this case, I won’t speak bad because I think that provocation is one of the most useful weapons for an artist. My beloved James Joyce has also problems with the justice and another great writer, Flaubert… and also Allen Gingsberg and many more in the History. I think polemic is, in fact, part of the art and maybe there’s some kind of art that can reveal something to people. Yes, of course there will be always some people falling out but someone said someday that ‘there is not bad publicity’ and in some cases, I agree with this sentence –and, of course again, I’m just talking about art, not about cars-. Damien Hirst uses the human body to show the human soul through the dissection of the public moral. That’s a crime? I don’t think so and I must say that I’m not one of his fans. Yes, Mr. Hirst is a player in the business of art and he uses his cards to produce a sensation, maybe an awful sensation but the crime, the assassination and some kinds of abominations, we like or not, are also part of the Humankind. Might we shut up? Some people think that yes, we might hide our shames but, sorry, I don’t.
Yes, the work of Damien Hirst is a clear provocation but I think that it is not just that. The polemic is part of the art of Damien Hirst as the news are part of a newspaper. If the president of one country is killed, might the newspaper keep on silent and hide the new? I don’t think so and I think that the world of Damien Hirst might be more beautiful but… it wouldn’t be a work of Mr. Hirst. I would like to congratulate Hirst because he has understood the rules of the play and he is playing well.