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May 10, 2012
ART Damien Hirst is one of the most controversial yet iconic names in art right now. His droll Pop Art sculptures, "spot" paintings and, famously, his grinning diamond skull engage with questions of death and commerce and pure aesthetics. While they've made him wealthy, some wonder what, exactly he really has to say. See for yourself at this new exhibit of silkscreens, "spot" paintings and his much-liked butterfly-based mixed media work. Ikon, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. G4, Santa Monica.
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February 27, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times art critic
Inevitably, the recent paintings of multicolored dots by B. Wurtz put a viewer in mind of Damien Hirst, he of the thousands of paintings with grids of multicolored circles on a white background. Hirst was neither the first nor only artist to harness the visual theme; but the sheer volume of his parodies of abstract painting colonized the territory, like white cells overwhelming the art-world bloodstream, giving him the dull equivalent of a brand. All the more reason that Wurtz's dot paintings at Richard Telles Fine Arts, seven of which are in the New York-based artist's first solo show at the gallery in several years, are so captivating.
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January 11, 2013 | By Kelly Scott
The ceremony bestowing the Grammys of Britain, the Brit awards, is still a month off, but artist Damien Hirst has revealed his design for the statuettes that will be handed out: same shape, but it will have spots. Are we surprised? In early 2012, Hirst and Gagosian put on exhibitions at all 11 of its galleries around the world, including the one in Beverly Hills,  of his "Spot" paintings, in which grids of dots are painted in various colors and sizes. For five weeks, 300 of the more than 1,500 existing spot paintings were shown.
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January 20, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
When the LA Art Show -- which wrapped its 19 th event on Sunday -- launched its first underground art section this year, executive producer Kim Martindale had some concerns. Among them: The show has been criticized in the past for being less focused than other more niche-oriented art fairs, seeing as it combines historic, traditional, modern and contemporary art. "I'm sure there will be people saying, 'Why's this here?'" Martindale said. "But that's what this show is about - we want to be as inclusive, art-wise, as possible.
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September 3, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Artist Damien Hirst, whose pickled shark sold for $8 million this year, has bought a mansion in the Cotswolds area of western England to create an art museum, a spokeswoman for the artist said. "He intends to house his extensive collection of his own and other artists' work there," Jude Tyrrell said in an e-mail.
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December 14, 2012 | By David Ng
Their business partnership lasted nearly two decades, but even in the art world, all things must come to an end. Superstar artist Damien Hirst is parting company with his longtime dealer Larry Gagosian. The split, which was first reported Thursday in London's Financial Times, comes several months after Hirst's spot-painting project that took over all Gagosian galleries around the world. The gallery issued a statement Thursday saying that it "has been a great honor to work with Damien over the last 17 years...
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December 10, 2011 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Damien Hirst does not consider himself a serious gambler. He likes to play roulette "because it's easy. " And he tells a story about learning the "fail-safe rules for blackjack" from his London gallerist Jay Jopling, only to lose all of his money at the table within two hours. But when it comes to the art world, Hirst is known for a showy sort of risk-taking, even if at 46 his prime rock-star-style binge partying days are largely behind him. His most famous artworks hinge on a sort of brinkmanship - a shark in formaldehyde anyone?
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December 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
British artist Damien Hirst has donated four of his works to the Tate collection, including a replica of his prize-winning installation of bisected cows in formaldehyde, the London museum said Friday. The donation is the first of a series that the 42-year-old Hirst plans to make to the national British art collection as part of a pledge he and 23 other leading artists made in 2004 to give significant works to the museum.
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September 16, 2007 | Adam Tschorn, Times Staff Writer
WHEN Prada invited a crowd of 600 to a party at its SoHo store -- and decorated the place with video monitors dripping digital blood set against a wallpaper of skulls, pills, praying hands and hourglasses -- it could mean only one thing: Damien Hirst was in the house.
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March 27, 2005 | Paul Lieberman, Times Staff Writer
Damien HIRST is not surprised that people have offered him their bodies to stick in glass cases after they die, like he did with those sheep and rotting cow carcasses and with that shark in formaldehyde that recently sold for $8 million. "Yeah, sure, I've got a whole cabinet for nut cases. Because I attract quite a lot," he says, " 'cause I make strange art."
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January 8, 2014 | By David Ng
Damien Hirst has paid Walt Disney the ultimate compliment by creating a new painting of Mickey Mouse done in the style of the artist's spot paintings.  The provocative British artist unveiled his "Mickey" painting on his official website Wednesday, saying that the work will be offered for sale at a Christie's auction in London in February to benefit Kids Company, a British charity that provides assistance for youth. Hirst's website stated that the artist made the "Mickey" painting at "the invitation of Disney.
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December 26, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
While some in the upper echelons of the fashion industry may profess fatigue at the high-low match-up of mass retailers and fashion brands, the desire for somewhat more affordable takes on designer styles doesn't seem to be waning. After all, who doesn't want more style for less? Here is a look at some of the latest fashion and beauty collaborations. Damien Hirst & Alexander McQueen Marking the 10th anniversary of the late legendary designer Alexander McQueen's iconic skull scarf, the fashion house has teamed up with a fellow Brit, artist Damien Hirst, to create a limited-edition scarf collection featuring kaleidoscopic skull motifs and patterns of insects adapted from the artist's “Entomology” series.
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October 3, 2013 | By Bryce Alderton
Two Laguna Beach men have been arrested on suspicion of selling counterfeit artwork, Laguna Beach police said Thursday. Vincent Lopreto, 48, and Ronald Bell, 49, are accused of selling fake artwork that they claimed was by Damien Hirst, an English-born artist who has exhibited throughout the world, online and through auction houses. Both men are accused of first-degree identity theft and operating a scheme to defraud. They are being held at the Orange County jail awaiting extradition to New York, where the investigation began.
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June 2, 2013 | By Gabrielle Jaffe
BEIJING - As the world's top collectors, gallerists and dealers converged in Hong Kong a week ago for Art Basel, the city's inaugural edition of one of the world's premier art shows, a very different kind of art venture was launching in the mainland: an online platform for buying affordable art. At the Hong Kong fair, works by Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Ai Weiwei and other international masters were sold for millions to wealthy individuals who...
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March 3, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Just One Eye is more than meets the ... well never mind, no cliche could do it justice. Part luxury boutique, part art gallery, part bricks-and-mortar manifestation of a digital storefront, it stocks the cream of the eclectic crop - including $65 GoFast Inc. T-shirts and $46,400 Jitrois mink hoodies, a century-old Carlo Bugatti throne chair and brand new Blackman Cruz beanbag chairs (each priced well north of $20,000). Uber-luxe destination retail is certainly not a new concept in the City of Angels.
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January 11, 2013 | By Kelly Scott
The ceremony bestowing the Grammys of Britain, the Brit awards, is still a month off, but artist Damien Hirst has revealed his design for the statuettes that will be handed out: same shape, but it will have spots. Are we surprised? In early 2012, Hirst and Gagosian put on exhibitions at all 11 of its galleries around the world, including the one in Beverly Hills,  of his "Spot" paintings, in which grids of dots are painted in various colors and sizes. For five weeks, 300 of the more than 1,500 existing spot paintings were shown.
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February 18, 2007 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
ARE Damien Hirst's new artworks a soaring tribute to the beauty and fragility of one of nature's most delicate living creatures -- or a bunch of dead bugs? According to the 41-year-old British artist, his huge butterfly wing paintings, which are real butterflies on canvas, are perhaps a little of both. "They're macabre," Hirst observes, sounding not at all displeased.
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October 3, 2013 | By Bryce Alderton
Two Laguna Beach men have been arrested on suspicion of selling counterfeit artwork, Laguna Beach police said Thursday. Vincent Lopreto, 48, and Ronald Bell, 49, are accused of selling fake artwork that they claimed was by Damien Hirst, an English-born artist who has exhibited throughout the world, online and through auction houses. Both men are accused of first-degree identity theft and operating a scheme to defraud. They are being held at the Orange County jail awaiting extradition to New York, where the investigation began.
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December 14, 2012 | By David Ng
Their business partnership lasted nearly two decades, but even in the art world, all things must come to an end. Superstar artist Damien Hirst is parting company with his longtime dealer Larry Gagosian. The split, which was first reported Thursday in London's Financial Times, comes several months after Hirst's spot-painting project that took over all Gagosian galleries around the world. The gallery issued a statement Thursday saying that it "has been a great honor to work with Damien over the last 17 years...
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December 4, 2012 | By David Ng
This year's Turner Prize -- one of the highest distinctions in the world of visual art -- has been awarded to Elizabeth Price, a British video artist. The award was presented to Price by actor Jude Law in a ceremony in London. The award comes with £25,000, or a little more than $40,000. The prize, which launched in 1984, is organized by the Tate Britain and is awarded each year to a British artist younger than 50. Recent winners of the Turner Prize include Martin Boyce, Susan Philipsz and Richard Wright.
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