The beautiful man

The beautiful man

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Damien Hirst

Leeds Art Gallery has a Damien Hirst exhibition on until the end of October.
Hirst has strong links with Leeds, he grew up in the city and attended Leeds College of Art and Design before shooting to national and international prominence in the 1990s with his groundbreaking and controversial works.
The exhibition is be the first dedicated display of Hirst’s work ever seen in Leeds, and traces the artist’s career from his student days to his later works after he had established himself as one of the world’s highest profile artists.
ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is an inspired partnership with the Art Fund - the fundraising charity for works of art, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection of international contemporary art to galleries throughout the UK. ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland and was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments.

Sadly no pictures allowed, which from an artist steeped in promotion is quite ironic, though obviously wanting to control all images in the public domain.

I was inspired by the work but to be honest I found the response to the exhibition by students of the BA Visual Communication course at Leeds College of Art more inspiring and exciting. They were looking at the perceptions of their audience and the range of the audience and the thoughts behind their curated choices were considered and thought provoking.

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