Thursday, July 12, 2007

Better Than The Original: Sending Up Hirst's "For the Love of God" Skull

The following display was placed outside the White Cube Masons Yard late Sunday night. The gallery is hosting Damien Hirst's "For the Love of God," a diamond-encrusted skull valued at somewhere between sixteen and twenty million dollars. Artist Laura mocked it up using more than six thousand Swarovski crystals; I estimate it easily cost her under $300 to make.

Wooster Collective, thinking small as usual, calls it a prank. I call it art. And although "Love" is the best thing Hirst has done in years, this is still better than the original it comments on. By a long shot.

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