The pieces were taken from the Exhibitionist Gallery in Notting Hill in the early hours of Monday.
The stolen works, called Pyronin Y and Oleoylsarcosine, feature multi-coloured dots.
Police believe the artworks were specifically targeted and want witnesses to come forward.
Anyone got a hint?
A Damien Hirst retrospective featuring his infamous shark is one of the highlights at Tate Modern in 2012.
The exhibition, which will include works by the British artist spanning two decades, will run from 5 April to 9 September at the London gallery.
British artist Damien Hirst has turned down an offer to become a Royal Academician at the Royal Academy in London, an institution that was founded in 1768 by King George III. The refusal was revealed by Secretary and Chief Executive Dr Charles Saumarez Smith CBE, who told the Evening Standard that he does not know the reasons of this decision. According to Saumarez Smith, there are artists who have accepted the invitation and others that have not, some of these are: Lucian Freud, Howard Hodgkin and Paula Rego. Other contemporary artists, such as Tracey Emin, who made her dirty bed an artistic installation, have accepted to become a Royal Academician.
Some artists who were formed in the 50s and 60s believed that the Royal Academy had become obsolete, but that has changed and the newer generations have supported the Academy.
Membership of the Royal Academy is made up of up to 80 practising artists, each elected by ballot of the General Assembly of the Royal Academy, and known individually as Royal Academicians (R.A.). The Royal Academy is governed by these Royal Academicians.
All RAs are entitled to exhibit up to six works in the annual Summer Exhibition. They also have the opportunity to exhibit their work in small exhibitions held in the Friends’ Room and are occasionally invited to hold major exhibitions in the Sackler Galleries. Many Academicians are involved in teaching in the Schools and giving lectures as part of the Royal Academy Education Programme.
Damien Hirst, the highest paid living artist and most provocative of the YBAs, is becoming a free agent. The art world’s answer to Reggie Jackson says he will sell his latest body of work at auction, circumventing de rigueur gallery sales. “The world is changing,” said Hirst, and as always, he’s ahead of the curve.
Hirst is a rare breed–both artist and salesman. This isn’t the first time he’s stunned the art world with his business savvy (and his dead animals). Back in November of 2003, the artist bought back 12 of his seminal pieces from benefactor Charles Saatchi for $15 million. By owning his key early work, Hirst sought to control his own market, deciding which pieces to hold on to or place in museums or collections. Were these works to be sold en masse, as Saatchi is known to do, the value of his works could have taken a substantial hit. This past February, Hirst also opened a store on High Street called Other Criteria, designed to “democratize” art–or at least commoditize it.
Recent major acquisitions of British contemporary art will go on display in the BP Exhibition Classified, opening at Tate Britain on 22 June 2009. This free exhibition will i nclude large-scale works from Tate’s collection. Using a wide range of media, Classified will feature new acquisitions which will be on display at Tate for the first time, such as Jake & Dinos Chapman’s Chapman Family Collection 2002 and two works from Damien Hirst’s recent gift to Tate: The Acquired Inability to Escape 1991, one of the artist’s early vitrine works, and Life Without You 1991. On view 22 June – 23 August 2009.
Classified will offer visitors to Tate Britain the opportunity to see exceptional works by leading contemporary artists and to explore the recent development of Tate’s outstanding collection. Artists represented in the exhibition will be: Phillip Allen, Gillian Carnegie, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Martin Creed, Tacita Dean, Jeremy Deller, Mark Dion, Ceal Floyer, Damien Hirst, Simon Patterson, Peter Peri, Fiona Rae, Simon Starling, and Rebecca Warren.
Classified will focus on the way artists use ordering systems in their work, exploring how our need to classify affects our perception of the world. The exhibition will address this desire to collect, order and categorise, and will show how artists often use these networks and relationships in ways that reveal the inherent instability of meaning. The works in this exhibition employ a variety of methods and approaches, but are united by the artists’ engagement with the ways we all codify the objects and images that surround us as part of our daily life.
Familiar works such as Damien Hirst’s room installation Pharmacy 1992, Simon Patterson’s Great Bear 1992, a reconfigured version of the iconic map of the London Underground, and Mark Dion’s Tate Thames Dig 1999, which groups together objects found on the banks of the River Thames, will be shown alongside works that have been acquired over the last five years. This is the first time that many of these will be on display at Tate, including installations such as Simon Starling’s Work made-ready, Les Baux-de-Provence (Mountain Bike) 2001, Jake and Dinos Chapman’s Chapman Family Collection 2002, Tacita Dean’s film portrait Michael Hamburger 2007 and Rebecca Warren’s sculpture In the Bois 2005. All these works allow the visitor to reflect not only on the artists’ construction of meaning by their use of different strategies of classification but also on the museum’s role in collecting, cataloguing and displaying objects.
Classified is curated by Clarrie Wallis, Curator Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain, and Andrew Wilson, Curator Modern & Contemporary British Art at Tate.
BP British Art Displays 1500-2009 is supported by BP. BP has supported Collection Displays at Millbank since 1990, first at the Tate Gallery and then from the opening of Tate Britain in 2000 to the present. BP’s continued support allows Tate Britain to create a broad and dynamic displays programme which explores in depth British art from 1500 to the present. Visit Tate Britain at : www.tate.org.uk/britain/
The 8th volume in honeyee.mag’s highly acclaimed magazine hit newsstands a few days back. This new issue entitled “Hey, Kool Thing!”, featured famous artist/designer Damien Hirst on its cover. Along with coverage on Hirst’s collaboration with Supreme, honeyee.mag gives us a look into Takashi Murakami’s latest project as well as pieces on WTAPS and SOPHNET. amongst others. Now available at select newsstands in Japan.
English contemporary artist Damien Hirst gives some insight on the significance of skull imagery, often associated with his masterpieces. Definitely an interesting short video with commentary by Colin McEwan of the British Museum and views of Hirst’s wallet snatching art. Check it out!
Damien Hirst has surprised the art world again by announcing that he will reignite his relationship with Parisian gallerist, Emmanuel Perrotin, who in 1991, was one of the first two dealers to exhibit the artist. Perrotin considers Hirst to be an old friend and claims to be the only dealer to never profit from Hirst’s stardom. It is too early to tell, but it is suggested that a solo exhibition will be scheduled for 2010, but neither Hirst nor Perrotin have indicated if this is the beginning of a longer lasting artist-dealer relationship. Perrotin and Hirst’s partnership comes after Hirst’s infamous Sotheby’s auction, “Beautiful Inside My Head Forever,” in which noted art critic Robert Hughes accused Hirst of cutting dealers out of the action. “Everyone has written that Hirst wanted to bite the hand that fed him,” says Perrotin. “But there’s a difference between asserting independence and turning your back on dealers.” Whether Hirst is playing a well-calculated ironic card out of his ever-evolving deck or simply scratching the back that once scratched his own is still to be seen.
For the latest season of collaborations between Levi’s and Damien Hirst, the world’s highest paid artist has created a limited edition pair of unique 1947 501’s using the spin technique seen so fluently throughout his recent auctions in London. Just 7 pairs will be made available and sold through a silent auction at London’s Cinch Store this Thursday (16th October), bidders will be asked to supply bids by hand to the Newburgh street store with a reserve set at a more than reasonable £15k, the highest bid submitted by the 6th of November wins. Subsequent pairs will be made available in a similar fashion in Asia, Europe and America.
With much news and controversy surrounding today’s opening of Damien Hirst’s massive auction Beautiful Inside My Head Forever, The Wall Street Journal offers a perspective on the massive undertaking. With millions of dollars at stake, the auction and its surrounding events have raised some interesting issues including how Hirst’s auction is anticipated to become the most expensive auction of artwork from any living artist ever, the decision to bypass galleries straight for an auction format and how such expensive art fits in the current economical landscape. Few if any will ever own a piece of Damien Hirst art, however the Sotheby’s catalog for this auction is available for $80 but faces an almost certain increase in value.
Most definitely not the first time I have mentioned Damien Hirst “Beautiful Inside My Head Forever”, although as this fascinating event beckons at Sotheby’s London the 15th and 16th of September I wanted to look a bit deeper into the auction of one of the world’s highest paid living artist’s. There will be 223 lots up for auction, with more than £65 million expected to be raised from the sale. They are new works by the artist, mostly from 2007 and 2008. There are works from many period’s of Hirt’s career as an artist making this in a way a ‘retrospective’ auction, although the pieces were constructed in the last two years.
Today, Time magazine have compiled an interesting article about Damien Hirst’s upcoming “Beautiful Inside My Head Forever” which will set Sotheby’s alight next week. What is perhaps most interesting are the figures, with 223 new pieces set to go on auction Hirst could pocket well over $100million. Well worth your time, so take the time to read the write up here.