Damien Hirst’s most recent show at the Gagosian gallery, entitled End of an Era may be the chance he has been waiting for to make a change in his work. But, in watching the stealth video it seems to me to be the same things, preserved animals, glitter, and gold. I have seen Hirst a few times, I really loved Pharmacy, probably because it reminded me of Joseph Cornell’s Pharmacy and I like artist’s who can quietly reference the fact that art has been recycling ideas for the past 50 years.
Now Hirst has become pop, using diamonds, probably in reference to Andy Warhol, and gold, and of course more dead animals, but this time they have more bling. For some reason the youtube video began to go very fast for the last 5 minutes, and I thought it was a much better way to watch the show, fast, glittery, jumpy, and a little out of control.