Damien Hirst: a genuine artist?
Is this really art?
After spending a couple of hours meandering through the exhibits of the current Damien Hirst retrospective at Tate Modern, I have to admit I remain ambivalent about Hirst’s competence as an artist. The exhibition is an astonishing journey through the developmental phases of Hirst’s career. He is a master at capturing your attention, he has an extraordinary sensitivity to the use of colour, space and material, he is a master in the use of shock-tactics, but my lasting impression is one of an entrepreneur who has successfully exploited a niche in the market, supported by a team of jobbing-artists, who have patiently pieced together a range of exhibits that position Hirst more as an expert museologist than a creative artist.
However, his exhibition is still worth a visit. You will be talking about for weeks afterwards.