Spanish artist shocks with Damien Hirst gun sculpture

February 19, 2009

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Some trippy art coming out of the ARCO exhibition in Spain…
– FlashAddict

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For the Love of Gold

For the Love of Gold

For the Love of Gold

For the Love of Gold

A statue of British artist Damien Hirst pointing a gun at his head has caused a stir at the 28th Madrid International Contemporary Art Fair, known as ARCO.

Sculptor Eugenio Merino’s piece puts Hirst in a suicidal pose with blood pouring from a bullet wound to his head. It was unveiled at ARCO’s launch over the weekend.

The piece has already been sold for $41,290 Cdn to a collector in Florida.

“Hirst is always trying to think of ways to make his art the most expensive,” Merino told Bloomberg News.

“If he killed himself, then the value of his art would increase a lot.”

Called For the Love of Gold, the work of parody was produced over a two-month period and refers to Hirst’s For the Love of God — a diamond-encrusted platinum skull that was reportedly sold in the summer of 2007 for more than $100 million to a group of investors.

The life-size silicone sculpture uses real human hair and glass eyes. Hirst is posed on his knees with a Colt 45 in his right hand pressed against his temple wearing a skull T-shirt.

It’s in a tank that looks similar to the ones Hirst himself uses to display dead animals pickled in formaldehyde.

Hirst is known as the bad boy of art.

After capturing the Tate Gallery’s Turner Prize in 1995, he’s created shocking sculptures including one of a 3.7-metre tiger shark and other animals preserved in formaldehyde, insect-encrusted canvases and pharmaceutical-inspired pieces.

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/artdesign/story/2009/02/15/hirst-sculpture-spain.html

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In a sure sign of the state of the modern art world, the single artwork attracting the most attention at ARCO (the Madrid International Contemporary Art Fair) that opened today was not a masterpiece by DAMIEN HIRST, but rather a parody of the UK bad boy artist by EUGENIO MERINO depicting the master financial strategist encased in one of his own white display cubes, shooting himself in the head. Titled “For the Love of Gold” in reference to Hirst’s $100 million diamond encrusted skull “For the Love of God,” the hyper-realistic yet oddly contorted piece incorporates real human hair, glass eyes, and realistic blood pouring from a gaping hole in the cranium and was quickly snapped up on opening day by a Florida collector for $33,500 USD. Sounds like Damien’s busy decorating his Miami winter home…

http://urbanpromoter.com/newsart-gag-of-the-moment-eugenio-merinos-for-the-love-of-gold-damien-hirst-sculpture/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damien_Hirst

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