Tuesday, 12 September 2006

Damien Hirst's Latest

Damien Hirst - Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain (2006)Sotheby's is flogging big sculpture at Chatsworth in Derbyshire, from 8 September to 27 October 2006. Beyond Limits is what terrorists call a "spectacular". Sotheby's has plonked modern and contemporary junk all over Chatsworth's magnificent gardens in hopes of making a bob or two. This is a private sale with everything on display up for grabs, except the Rhododendrons. Antony Gormley's Iron Angel of the North (presumably a copy) has been installed on a rock at the top of Ring Pond. And the best is yet to come. Stung by Coxsoft Art's frequent raspberries, "Moneybags" Damien Hirst has set out to prove he can sculpt. And he's succeeded! His Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain, a life-sized bronze flayed figure with its skin over its arm, was sculpted especially for Beyond Limits. Give you a fiver for it, Damien (my best offer).


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