This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Damien Hirst At The Mfa, Boston

1228 words - 5 pages

It appears these past few months the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has been more concerned with high profile exhibits, rather than showing art. The Ralph Lauren car collection has undeniable mass appeal, and it is clear that this is partially the reason for it being on display. The same goes for the "Rockwell and the Red Socks" exhibit that conveniently opened with the beginning of baseball season for the World Series champs. The motivation for the Damien Hirst show, "A selection of works by Damien Hirst from Various Collections", however, is less apparent. It seems the MFA wanted someone who has a high-status in the art world, and who better than the most famous living British artist Damien Hirst. Although, attached with the name Damien Hirst-- undoubtedly comes controversy. The MFA boasts Hirst's celebrity artist profile in the write-up about the show, calling him one of "the most influential living artists". The text, which describes his career since the 90's, appears in the brochure and also in the entry way of the Foster gallery where most of his work is displayed. In addition, accompanying all his pieces are short explanations with quotes directly from the artist. For the people who are unfamiliar with Hirst's work, the wall labels serve to instruct and "fill in" the viewer. However, in an attempt to do this, the wall labels end up reducing the art to single and easy-to-grasp concepts such as death or beauty. Due to the extremely instructional nature of the labels, which explicitly explain the piece and artist's "intention", there is little room for the viewer to construct their own opinions. What adds to the instructive nature of the text is the sense that it is defending the work and the artist himself. Essentially the work is meant to shock or intrigue, while the writing seems to clarify and defend. For example, Away from the Flock which is positioned directly in front of the entrance is supposed to shock the viewer. Intrigued--or disgusted- the viewer reads the paragraph that states Hirst did not kill the sheep, and that it is a piece about religion. The viewer is instantly appeased, and moves on, eager to read the next paragraph. Each paragraph explanation is makes Hirst seem more and more like a sensitive thinker type and it seems people are more intrigued with his image than his work. There should have been more focus on his art, rather than him. In the large opening wall label it states: "His materials are sometimes repellant, but his themes--the human condition, mortality, and beauty--are timeless and familiar throughout art history. Hirst has characterized himself as 'romantic' and 'kind of old-fashioned... in terms of ideas.'" It seems the MFA is uncomfortable with Hirst's work and tries to tone it down wherever they can--needing to explain every piece and adding in quotes form the artist to make him and his work more likeable. When attention is averted from the wall labels, and focused on the art, the pattern...

Find Another Essay On Damien hirst at the MFA, boston

Contemporary art Essay

1016 words - 5 pages white, which I do not appreciate contemporary artists doing, because I feel like black and white portrays a different feeling when viewing the photograph. While reading through But is it Art?, in the beginning it mentions Damien Hirst and shows a picture of a huge shark in a tank. I was astonished looking at the picture because I did not understand why it was art. I would have assumed that it would be found in a museum, but not an art museum

Level Zero Essay

3474 words - 14 pages now felt like a slow monotonous even movement. Consciousness seemed to pull at Damien more with this motion, even though he began to resist. He found himself entertained by the indulging of memories. While his mind tried to focus on past thoughts, his sense of smell and his hearing returned, suddenly, as though some had flipped a switch on inside him rather suddenly. The scent of perspiration caught his notice right away, but he couldn't tell

Level Zero

3200 words - 13 pages "Sonova," November grumbled after banging his head for the umpteenth time. "Hey," Damien snapped. "At least you've not got somebody's fat butt in your face." "My butt isn't fat shorty," November snapped back. "I'm not short!" Damien nearly shouted. To say the least the space wasn't very accommodating, little space between the ceiling and the floor made even crawling difficult. Which just so happened to be what November and Damien were doing

Bringing Forth the Fruits of Righteousness from Darkness

1538 words - 6 pages The Cleveland Museum of Art has many different collections of art ranging from Prints, Ancient Egyptian Art, and Contemporary Art. The collection that I personally enjoy the most is Contemporary Art. Contemporary art is something that people can relate to and something that can be discussed. One piece of work that stands out the most to me is Bringing Forth the Fruits of Righteousness from Darkness created by Damien Hirst. This particular work


569 words - 2 pages challenge our own assumptions of what art should really look like.People didn't understand the idea of cows cut in half (Damien Hirst), wire mesh lockers (Mona Hatoum), rubble (Richard Long) or rubbish (Tomoko Takahashi) being called art unless you could frame it nicely on your living room wall. The fact that this type of art didn't fit neatly into people's ideas of what art should be was the reason it was called 'conceptual'.Conceptual and

The Arts in Boston Overcome Hard Times

2087 words - 8 pages , lunch, and dinner, the Courtyard Café for breakfast and lunch, the Galleria Café for breakfast and lunch, and MFA First Fridays, which “offers the most elegant evening atmosphere in Boston,” according to the museum’s web site. The museum is open seven days a week, and offers an array of discounts, which according to Ann Petruccelli from Public Relations at the MFA, “does help to attract a good amount of people, including students.” Adult

A Study of : Bronze Heracles and Marble Torso Clad in a Cuirass

1259 words - 5 pages to be like him. It is evident that Heracles was extremely popular, because of the vast quantity of artworks representing him. Common representations of the hero were medium sized bronze statuary and smaller statuettes. The "Bronze Heracles" located at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. It stands 101 cm tall and dates to 30 B.C.-C.E. 70. The statue was found broken near Norcia in Umbria, Italy (MFA). It has been reconstructed, and

An Analysis on Damien Hirst’s Sculpture: This Little Piggy Went to Market, This Little Piggy Went Home

806 words - 4 pages the way an image makes someone feel or think, it may also be the associations the viewer places with that image Damien Hirst makes use of the formal elements in order to contribute to this connotative function of the sculptural piece. He does so by using the formal elements to highlight the main subject matter of the installation, this being the pig, enhancing the sculptures shock value and using it as a catalyst for public controversy and form

Paradise Lost 2: Revelations - A Look Into The Terrifying World Of Justice This Article Is An In Depth Analysis Of The Movie Paradise Lost And Paradise Lost 2 Relevations

2284 words - 10 pages desperately searching for the murderers to quiet the startled town, the Lieutenant received the name of Damien Echols from a probation officer. The appearance and practices of Damien Echols were the perfect match for the type of cultic and satanic crimes found at the scene. His previous records show that he had been in trouble with the law, had a disturbed home life, and expressed committed attitudes towards the admiration for the "Goth" and Wiccan

Greek and Roman Democracy

691 words - 3 pages population of 300,000 were eligible to vote (Patterson 2006). Similarly, estimates suggest that at the height of the Roman Empire only 30,000-70,000 Romans, the maximum capacity of The Forum, would have been able to vote - a comparatively insignificant percentage of the total Roman population (Patterson 2006). Additionally, members of the social elite were granted preferred entry to The Forum, as they were viewed as more politically astute (Patterson 2006

''The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes''

1313 words - 5 pages mysteries. Mycroft himself isn't even mentioned until Page 143, three-quarters of the way into the book; but by that point the reader has long since been hooked. The narrator of ''The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes'' is Damien March, a 35-year-old BBC television journalist whose American birth and British upbringing have left him deracinated and equally not quite at home wherever he is. (''I always forget you're a Yank,''one of his colleagues tells

Similar Essays

Looking At Selective Mutism All Aspect Of The Disorder Boston Ma Essay

1691 words - 7 pages of Children with Selective Mutism There is no firm research on the prevalence of children with selective mutism. An older study (date unknown) had the figure at 1 in 1000. A study from 2002 in The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry showed an increase to 7 in 1000 ( Selectively Mute Child: Defiant or Anxious? It can often be frustrating for a teacher to teach a child with selective mutism if they are

"The Shock Of The New Anything Goes"

1747 words - 7 pages "The Shock of the New Anything Goes"Pablo Picasso and Damien Hirst are two notable artists who are exemplars of artists who display a significant departure from the use of traditional materials in creating artworks. They both challenged the concepts of artistic acceptance in existence at their time.Born in 1881, Pablo Ruiz Picasso is one of the most well known artists in the world. He is a Spanish painter, ceramicist, and stage designer, and the

Ethical Judgements Essay

1560 words - 7 pages know and gain knowledge mostly through sense perception, language and emotion. In the arts, most controversial arts are due to its content, not the methods used in producing it. Damien Hirst is an example of how the methods in the production of knowledge is limited because of ethical judgments. Hirst’s art : “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” (1991) was made from a tiger shark preserved in formaldehyde. This tiger

This Is My Essay

1629 words - 7 pages of work such as paintings create stereotype for women. The There are controversial arts everywhere including in visual arts. Damien Hirst is an example of how the methods in the production of knowledge is limited because of ethical judgments. Damien Hirst’s work focuses on death and he considered hunting as art. Damien Hirst’s art consist of dead animals from sharks to cow. “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living