Cheating Death (and the Art World)
Damn! I can't believe I didn't get this posted yesterday, while the date was 6-6-06, and things were suitably evil. Consider this your day after"All Saints Day" chaser. British artist Damien Hirst is up to his old Koonsian tricks, and has announced his intention to make the most expensive artwork ever created. According to the Guardian, Hirst will create a life-sized cast of a human skull... IN PLATINUM... and encrusted with diamonds:
Recently named the "most powerful individual in the contemporary art world" by Art Review magazine, Damien Hirst will be putting aside animals suspended in formaldehyde in favor of fashioning a life-size human skull — one that happens to be the costliest piece of art ever made. Cast in platinum and covered with 8,500 diamonds from London jewelers Bentley & Skinner, the sculpture, entitled For the Love of God, is expected to cost between $15 and $18 million dollars to construct, and will be sold for as much as $93 million. "I just want to celebrate life by saying to hell with death," Hirst said by way of explanation. In a related story, Hirst's 35-foot-tall bronze sculpture of the Virgin Mother, complete with an inside view of her pregnant figure, was unveiled at London's Royal Academy of Arts.