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Damien Hirst's new exhibit screams Hamlet meets Lil John; or at least the prized piece, a glitzy, diamond encrusted skull. Guardian reports:But all are eclipsed,...

Guy Brighton
  • 4 june 2007


Damien Hirst‘s new exhibit screams Hamlet meets Lil John; or at least the prized piece, a glitzy, diamond encrusted skull.

Guardian reports:

But all are eclipsed, and the show is meticulously constructed to ensure this, by the dazzle of the diamonds.
Admission to the holy of holies will be by timed ticket only, and the
worshippers will only be permitted to remain there for five minutes.
Weekends are already booked out.

The Hoxton gallery will be the outer circle of hell, ringing with
the howls of those lost beyond hope of redemption. The St James’s
gallery will merely be purgatory, filled with the penitent believing
that once they have served their time, they will rise in the jealously
guarded lift to the shrine, joining those who have been admitted to the
true presence – the £50m platinum skull completely covered by 8,601
diamonds. "The most expensive piece of contemporary art ever created, "
the press release pointed out, in case anyone had missed the point.

Some journalists compared the object to an "over glorified disco ball," so luminous that it was difficult to look at directly, solar style.  "To be or not to be?" Who cares?  If you’ve got 50 mil to drop on a skull, contemplating it shouldn’t be a problem…

The Gaurdian: Hirst’s skull makes dazzling debut

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