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Damien Hirst is a lighting rod of controversy in the modern art world, and while some art critics find his work insufferable, his work commands a king's ransom in the marketplace. Perhaps his most well-known work is "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living," or a tiger shark immersed in formaldehyde. This week, Hirst entered the headlines again (and perhaps he never left) as The Economist and other publications began to comment on a major retrospective of his work prepared to open at the Tate Modern in London on April 4th. Interestingly enough, several of the works in the exhibit were loaned for the show by Hirst himself, who is known for being a savvy investor in his own work. The criticisms have already started, as art critic Julian Spalding commented in the Telegraph that "Hirst should not be in the Tate. He's not an artist. What separates Michelangelo from Hirst is that Michelangelo was an artist and Hirst isn't." This is not an unfamiliar charge against Hirst and his work, and it will be interesting to see how visitors and others in the art world respond to this major show.
The first link will take visitors to a short review of the new Hirst show, courtesy of last week's Economist. The second link will take interested parties to a piece from Tuesday's Telegraph which contains commentary from art critic Julian Spalding on Hirst's work. The third link will whisk users away to a more detailed and elaborate piece from Spalding which urges those who own works by Hirst to sell them as soon as possible. Moving along, the fourth link leads to an interview with Hirst in which he comments on Francis Bacon, psychology, and the importance of art history. The fifth link leads to a review from the Wall Street Journal's "Speakeasy" blog of Hirst's new live streaming art studio feed. Finally, visitors can check out the feed themselves via the last link, which leads to the official homepage of the Damien Hirst studio.