I seem be to stuck philisophically, if not ethically, somewhere between Hirst and the Body Worlds exhibit that is taking place in Charlotte. Putting my disdain for both of these types of artworks aside, I still have questions that deal with the fundamental question of what art is. One guy sticks pieces of a cow in formaldehyde, puts it in an art museum, and is termed a genius. Meanwhile hundreds of real humans are plasticized, taken out of a container and put on display in the open. There seems to be a role reversal here. When did art become more scientific than science and when did science start trying to appeal to public?
Sunday, November 25, 2007
This artist has recently become even more famous due to an 18th Century platinum skull that he has encrusted with diamonds. He set the value at over $100 million. Death seems to be a common theme, including his anatomical statues of a childbearing woman and animals floating in formaldehyde. He has recently purchased a Francis Bacon self-portrait for over $33.1 million. Purchasers of his art include Elton John, George Michael and David Beckham.