'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
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Tuesday, 21 September 2010

The Heart



If Damien Hirst's animals are considered art, then is this huge preserved heart of racehorse Phar Lap's also art?

4 comments:

  1. Now that's a damned good question. Having seen some of Damien Hirst's "work", I'd say the horse's heart is more affecting. I love any art that uplifts me or puts a different angle on life or shows great technical ability but I am sorry to say that I find most of Damien Hirst's stuff quite trite and disengaging. The name seems to precede any possible merit.

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  2. Gosh YP. I think that you have just written down a good definition of art. Not that you have to have a good name, although you're probably right there too. Hmmm. Should I get a 'nom de brush', do you think?

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  3. It is art, someone has spent much time and deliberation displaying it. It would be a specimen if just thrown in a jar. Damien Hirst could have managed the latter.

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  4. For my money neither Damien Hirst's work nor Phar Lap's heart is art. Phar Lap's heart at least has considerable interest and meaning for many people. Hirst's work, I would suggest, means little to few (and the rest couldn't give a damn). However by creating controversy Hirst has at least managed to pursue the art of being famous. So is sitting around in a reality show also art? Seen by more people, apparently more entertaining and perhaps even more controversial.

    WV = peffy: the art of fooling as many people as possible for as much of the time as possible.

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