For the Love of God: Damien Hirst Talks About his Bejewelled Skull

Bullet Shih Apr, 2012 0
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The Guardian sits down with Damien Hirst to talk about his seminal work For the Love of God which is cited by many as the epitome of the excesses in the contemporary art market.  Created in 2007, For the Love of God consists of a platinum cast of a human skull encrusted with 8,601 flawless diamonds, including a pear-shaped pink diamond located in the forehead. It cost £14 million to produce and was offered for £50 million making it the most expensive work by a living artist.  Higly controversial, Hirst’s work blurs the lines between artwork and jewelry as well as bringing into question the use of such intrisically valuable materials to produce artwork making many question the 180 degree turn from movements such as Italian Arte Povera group of the 60s which generally used found objects.

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