Yesterday the great and the good of the art world descended on Tate Modern for the press preview of Damien Hirst’s much-anticipated retrospective. The work on show spans more than two decades with many of his greatest hits from pickled sharks to pill bottles and the famous diamond-encrusted skull. Expect po-faced editorials and furious radio phone-ins on the subject, but in terms of dragging conceptualism into the mainstream Hirst’s legacy is hard to quibble with.
Kudos to Channel 4 for a couple of excellent programmes to coincide with the launch and for this interactive look-round what is sure to be one of the most talked-about shows of 2012. It’s only available for a week which is an interesting angle on the online-offline gallery debate. Have a look, and arm yourself for the inevitable debates it will cause.
The show runs until September.
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