Damien Hirst

Why am I not surprised!

Finally Damien Hirst got into the kandouras* of the Qataris! It was about time. In a perverse way, this was an artistic and evolutionary imperative. Look at his photo – a Pharaoh, a peacock, a dictator, the ultimate buffoon – and oh, did somebody say an artist? To read the whole article, click on the link (the title, in red).

There is a school of thought maintaining that Hirst’s main point is to mock the smugness and vanity of the world of his very patrons – to which, conveniently and ironically, now he belongs himself. Looking at his well directed PR shots I am more and more inclined to support this view. The man is a genius!

* kandoura is the white robe worn by Arab men in the Gulf countries.

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