~ashed to ashes, dust to dots . . . ? LARRY & DAMIEN business, as usual
the 50 ft wide – “EDGE Of HARKNESS” – on East 75th St – new home to LARRY GAGOSIAN . . .
PHOTO BY JIM ALCORN – C/O NEW YORK POST
speaking of GOGO – I guess there’s gold in them thar ashes to ashes, dust to dust hills. well man-made ruins, is maybe the better word.
the NEW YORK POST’S JENNIFER GOULD KEIL reported yesterday that the mega dealer just blew $36.5 million on a Manhattan townhouse, make that mansion – that was originally owned by the HARKNESS family . . .
either that, and / or maybe – selling DAMIEN HIRST DOT paintings – is like having your very own currency – printing press !!
according to CAROL VOGEL, of the NEW YORK TIMES, DAMIEN and GOGO – will be presenting a gigantic simultaneous global ‘wave’ exhibition of some 300 DAMIEN HIRST dot paintings – around the world – or better put – in each of the 11 international Gagosian locations, including the three in our very own NYC. this despite a prior Hirst announcement that: “. . . his production of dead animals and spot paintings would be drastically reduced”. “Not exactly”, Vogel goes on to relate: . . . “reminded of that statement in a recent telephone interview, he chuckled and said: ‘I keep trying to end them. But then I get these crazy ideas, and I can’t stop.'”
in 2008 – Hirst staged a 2 day auction at Sotheby’s in London – where 223 examples of his work – totaled $200.7 million in sales. that’s when he made the above quoted ‘promised’ reduction of dead animal and dot paintings . . . as part of his sales pitch.
hey man, try dying. . . that will really put a bankable production limit – on the work.
(just joking, dudes. calm down . . . )
guess they are banking on – all those dots – no matter how many there are ? – adding up – to a lot of zeros.
well at least, unlike the dead animals, and even the still-life ob-gyn offices – in over-size aquariums !! – you don’t need to employ an in-house haz mat team – to keep the thing, up and running. or – does that give you additional bragging rights ?
PHOTO BY BILLIE SCHEEPERS/DAMIEN HIRST & SCIENCE LTD/COURTESY: NEW YORK TIMES