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Damien Hirst's Shark is Rotting...

Damien Hirst's Shark is Rotting...

Damien Hirst's Shark

The Art Newspaper is reporting that mega artist Damien Hirst is now in talks for replacing the shark submerged in formaldehyde, from his rather famous piece "The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living" (1991) the second most expensive priced art piece paid to a living artist:

The animal suspended in formaldehyde has deteriorated dramatically to the naked eye since it was first unveiled at the Saatchi Gallery in 1992 because of the way it was preserved by the artist. The solution which surrounds it is murky, the skin of the animal is showing considerable signs of wear and tear, and the shark itself has changed shape.

In a statement to The Art Newspaper, Hirst’s company Science Ltd said: “Damien will happily help to refurbish [the shark] as he would with any of his works that are over 10 years old.”

The case raises important questions about the longevity of contemporary works of art made with unconventional materials.

The shark was commissioned by British collector Charles Saatchi directly from the artist in 1991 for £50,000. It was sold to Mr Cohen in late 2004 in a deal brokered by the Gagosian Gallery for a figure reported by the Saatchi Gallery as £6.5m. This price is the highest ever paid for a work by a living artist with the exception of early work by Jasper Johns.


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