Tuesday, 4 July 2006

Problematic Shark!

Here's one for Jacoblog. Damien Hirst's stuffed shark - The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living (1991) - is rotting, despite its tank of preservative. Steve Cohen is the rich twit who bought this decaying corpse for approximately £6.5m back in 2004. Haw, haw, haw. Sorry, Steve; if this were a work of art I would be genuinely upset. Moneybags Hirst has agreed to replace the shark with a freshly stuffed one, but what happens after his death? Will he set up a trust fund to replace stuffed sharks every few decades or will he leave his Anti Art to rot for good? Hey, Damien, what about this for a final statement: have yourself stuffed and suspended in the nude in a glass tank and donate yourself to Tate Modern? Needs a catchy title...any suggestions, folks? Nothing rude, please.
Click the title link to see the shark laugh.
Footnote: Charles Saatchi commissioned this load of putrefaction for £50,000, then sold it for £6.5m! See what I mean about insider trading? Saatchi controls the Brit. Anti Art market in a way that would be illegal on the stock exchange, but is legal when it comes to "art".


At 5/7/06, Blogger Jacoblog said...

haahaha, nice one! The smiling shark reminds me of Bruce in Finding Nemo. Good job!
Oooh, that Damien...it would be appropriate to have himself stuffed. It could be called:

"The physical reality of my death is in the minds of nobody in particular or at all."

At 5/7/06, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Reckoned you'd like it. I thought of superimposing Bruce over Hirst's shark, but it looked like hard work, so I settled on the smile. Have you seen the animated graphic on Coxsoft Art? If not, click the title link. Blogger won't let me post animations.

At 6/7/06, Blogger Jacoblog said...

Yes, I saw the animated gif...I like how it takes a few seconds..and then pops up, kinda creepy.

I bet Damien would love it.

At 6/7/06, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

He'd probably sue me for defacing a work of "art". But then does he really believe that this sort of nonsense is art or is he just conning the punters?
Did you know that this stuffed tiger shark needed to be imported from Australia and cost £6000?


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