duo: sharks

If you read this blog, you already know that I love to make fun of Damien Hirst (evidence: here, here, etc.)despite my respect for his ability to create momentous changes in the art market (some context here). Here's another way to have a laugh at his expense.

at left: Stuckism International Gallery (London) A DEAD SHARK ISN'T ART 1989
at right: Damien Hirst
The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living 1991 Tiger shark, glass, steel, 5% formaldehyde solution 213 x 518 x 213 cm

From Stuckism's site:
Eddie Saunders caught a shark in 1989 and displayed it in his J.D. Electrical Supplies shop in Shoreditch, London (i.e. two years before Damien Hirst's shark, a.k.a. The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living), but Eddie's shark received no wider attention, until it was borrowed for A Dead Shark Isn't Art exhibit in the window of the Stuckism International Gallery, 17 April - 18 July 2003. This exhibit opened the same day as the new Saatchi Gallery at County Hall, a centrepiece of which was the display of Hirst's shark yet again.

"The rather magnificent Stuckist movement of figurative artists has a simple explanation: the art establishment in London has been dominated for too long by an in-group which favours only the conceptual art of Hirst and his colleagues." - Nick Cohen, Evening Standard 17.9.08

A shark displayed two years before Damien Hirst's first shark is on sale for the unmissable bargain price of only £1,000,000, a considerable saving on the £9,500,000 sale price of Hirst's latest version The Kingdom sold at Sotheby's.


Victoria said...

Ohhh Damien Hirst. In my fourth and final year of university, I was in a Political Economy of Art & Architecture seminar in which a group member and I had to research and later present an art movement that we were interested in to the rest of the class. We chose Stuckism...and wow, I learned SO much from people like Billy Childish and those who followed Stuckism...put a whole new perspective on conceptual art. We used the classic example of the shark in our presentation, as well as a few others, one I can remember really clearly is by a female artist who used her "messy bedroom" as art. I seem to remember there being things like condoms and dirty laundry on her floor.

Anyway...the presentation and the idea behind it were both hits with the rest of the class, because we'd learned about conceptual art earlier in the semester, so it was a nice culmination. Good post!

Anonymous said...

this stuckism thing is great! thanks guys!