Monday, October 26, 2009

Quotes: Damien Hirst

"Painting is so poetic, while sculpture is more logical and scientific and makes you worry about gravity."
-Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst's "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living", 1992

This sculpture by Hirst is one of his most famous, and consists of a real tiger shark in formaldehyde in a glass case.  It is meant to represent life and death in an immediate, visceral way.  A shark can take your life, it is huge and scary, and at the same time it sits in front of you in its case, dead and decaying.  The piece is on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art until 2010.

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