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.