The Unknown Hipster

Damien Hirst’s “End of an Era”

Posted in Art by unknownhipster on February 9, 2010

Damien Hirst is one of those rare artists who once in a while produces an artwork that gains more instant awe than that of a new Ferrari parked on the street.

And he is one of the few artists today who challenge Money and Power with means that speak at equal level to the most wealthy and powerful.

A master of Vanitas,  he always find entertaining ways to remind the viewer  of Death, or that diamonds, no matter how many or big, are nothing.

“Judgement Day,” a thirty-foot long gold cabinet filled with 30,000 manufactured diamonds, is an ironic slap in the face of the shallow, while a consolation for the broke.

Viewers in front of “Painful Memories/ Forgotten Tears.” Gold plated,  glass and cubic zirconia.

Ancient Greek philosophers — and more recently,  psychedelic gurus — used the same rhetoric to one-up kings and rich merchants,  but somehow with less efficiency than an entire shark, or a bull’s head, submerged in formaldehyde solution.

Terry, the master of Fashion vanitas, was there !

The exhibition is called “End of an Era.” I don’t know if it refers to some political or financial analyses about the end of our era, or if it states that a particular body of Damien’s own work,  had come to an end.

Although the opening was on a Saturday, the uptown gallery (limos waiting outside) was buzzing with famous artists and important people.

The only way to know if somebody was less well-known was to see if he was taking pictures of others. Come to think of it, a lot of people were actually taking pictures of each other,  like at an entrance of a Fashion show.

This neck-tie works well with dots.

Rose’s necklace amusingly echoed the diamond paintings.

Damien was surrounded by people asking for autographs and handing to him various books or objects to be signed. A skateboarder even had a Damien dots new skateboard signed. I couldn’t see if he drew a big skull on it, as he did for some others of his fans.

Like Karl, Damien wears lots of Gothic rings : skulls and gargoyles.

A simple post-it signed by Damien

Larry talking with Mick

It turned out that the only discreet viewer was the real rock star, Mick is in a dark crewneck  sweater worn under a navy suit. Why does he looks so cool ? Of course, he has seen it all, even  Jean-Luc Godard filming the Rolling Stones recording “Sympathy to the Devil.” But while “One+One” could have been the coolest documentary,  JLD got carried away by vanity,  French intellectualism,  or some girlfriend’s advice,  and added all these revolutionary  theories sequences that required so much coffee for the viewer.

Unlike Damien’s works.

Mick walking along « Judgement Day ».

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  1. Martine said, on February 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm


  2. Consciousness said, on February 10, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Followed on from Hypebeast and still in awe at how I’ve managed to miss such brilliance as captured here. Commendations on a non-arty farty introspect with divine etchings. Well done!!

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  4. Sparked said, on February 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I’m so glad the “Damien Dots” made it into your illustrative painted essay, when compared to the balance of his work, the simplicity is still a favorite!

  5. Gitamba said, on February 10, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Always been a fan of your style. Has the ability to tell a most interesting narrative and capture intricacies of the person being drawn.

  6. Mr. Vento said, on February 11, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Post stuff more often!! Love your thoughts and drawings…bravo!!

  7. editor said, on February 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Damian wears the rings well.

  8. Lullu said, on February 12, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Just brilliant, I love your style,Unknown…

  9. Ensuite said, on February 15, 2010 at 10:36 am


  10. lorita said, on February 15, 2010 at 11:53 am

    always makes me smile! nobody does it better….thank you.

  11. Rose said, on March 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    TERRY RICHARDSON! wo0o0o0o0o

  12. heartbb said, on March 19, 2010 at 1:38 am

    love it.

  13. Maximilliano said, on April 20, 2010 at 3:06 am

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