No thank you, Mr Hirst

June 5, 2007 at 5:45 pm (blog)

Is a human skull encrusted with diamonds art? In this day and age, once the diamonds are in you can call it what you want – a symphony in G minor, a film, kabuki, a Punch and Judy show, Jaws, the list goes on.



  1. Niall said,

    Hirst and most of his contempories have been heavily influenced by Marcel Duchamp. They are therefore firm believers that art is whatever the artist says it is.

    Case closed and fair enough as far as I am concerned.

  2. peyvand said,

    Duchamp, alas, did not live to admire Hirst’s skull masterpiece.

  3. ducdenemours said,

    Add your point is?

  4. ducdenemours said,

    Or rather

    And your point is?

  5. peyvand said,

    Is Hirst a relative of yours?

  6. Niall said,


    Now answer my question

  7. peyvand said,

    That Hirst’s skull is shit. Nick Cohen did a fine demolition job in the Evening Standard yesterday. I couldn’t find the piece online, alas, but if you are touched by it and uplifted as he intends, I in turn am touched by your touchability, which to me makes you the work of art and the skull the artist.

  8. Niall said,

    The question was about what Duchamp being dead or alive had to do with Hirst’s skull rather than you, Nick Cohen or indeed anyone else.

    I read his book and have never read any of his other stuff. What did he say?

  9. peyvand said,

    Oh, by that I meant that were Duchamp alive today he would surely disapprove of such tosh.

  10. Niall said,

    Fair enough although that would make him a hypocrite.

    I suggest waiting until we can bring him back from the dead and ask.

  11. Niall said,

    So what did Cohen say?

  12. Kamin said,

    Look the point you are all missing is that Mister Hirst can write off all those gems as ‘materials’ in his next tax return.

    Smart. I’m off to buy a laptop made of gold…

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