Saturday 6 December 2008

Artists copy Damien Hirst in advance: breadhead sues over diamond head

John LeKay, Spiritus Calidus 1993

Damien Hirst, For The Love Of God 2007. Who knew you could spend £50 million in H. Samuel?

News via Popbitch, Adam Macqueen and Private Eye that the Art World’s richest living ideas man, Damien Hirst, is suing a 16 year-old graffiti artist who used an image of Hirst’s diamond encrusted platinum skull, For The Love Of God, in a series of collages.

Richer than Croesus — ar at least his maker, Charles Saatchi — Hirst made £95 million out of his recent firesale, and sold the diamond head for £50 million. Sixteen year-old Cartrain made £200 from his exhibitiion and now Damien (anyone found the 666 tattoo on his scalp, yet?) wants it all. Bwa-ha-ha!

Hirst’s former buddy and fellow artist, John LeKay, is living in fear of the midnight knock at the door by m’learned friend due to his own clever anticipation of Damien’s output and the production of a body of artwork uncannily identical to the oeuvre of the young genius.

John LeKay, This Is My Body, This Is My Blood 1987

Damien Hirst, Name Of The Father 2006

Learning from his litigation experience concerning Hymn, the up-sized version of the Humbrol anatomy toy, and Robert Dixon's Fermat circles, Hirst is thought to be considering suing the ancient South American tribes who carved the crystal skulls that may have suggested themselves to him in his jewellery line. And the makers of the diamond-covered Berettas favoured by Russian oligarchs are quaking in their boots as Damien bravely takes them on. Not.

Madam Miaow says ... best of luck to Cartrain. Unless you are in Saatchi's stable and this is all a publicity stunt. In which case we make you eat your collages.


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Vicky said...

"living in fear of the midnight knock at the door by m’learned friend due to his own clever anticipation of Damien’s output"

Haha great post!

Madam Miaow said...

Thanks, Vicky.

Off topic, I'm sorry to hear what happened in Liverpool. And my flabber was utterly gasted by the leaders' "we were so brilliant" spin in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. said...

Cartrain prints and originals available from...

Shea said...

this dudes all over the place lately, he's even laying people off due to the bad world wide economic conditions

Mrs. M. said...

Hirst is by far one of the most overated artists in the history of humanity. This is a man who sells an underwater unicorn for millions and calls it brilliant is mind boggling. While the beautiful thing about art is that there is no right and wrong, there is nothing more obnoxious than a self inflated egomaniac thinking they are being so meta and ironic when in fact they are being stupid. A fucking shark underwater-where DOES he come up with these things.
Also, he said this, which leaves me to ask can I sue him for stupidity?
"The thing about 9/11 is that it's kind of like an artwork in its own right ... Of course, it's visually stunning and you've got to hand it to them on some level because they've achieved something which nobody would have ever have thought possible - especially to a country as big as America. So on one level they kind of need congratulating, which a lot of people shy away from, which is a very dangerous thing."
ALSO this reminds me of the whole LV/Nadia Plsener thing:

Madam Miaow said...

"A fucking shark underwater-where DOES he come up with these things."

I believe it was a science catalogue showing halved animals in formaldehyde.

His comment about 9/11 elevates callousness and alienation into an artform. And Nero got there first.

Shea, Hirst is an entertainer for the filthy rich.

Dave, your pix look BEAUTIFUL!

Madam Miaow said...

Dave Bones artwork here:

susann said...

Hirst study the past to make new pieces, like Picasso studied African masks...all great artist makes modifications of pieces like Jeff Koons, Maquiamelo, Mariko Mori, etc