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Taking on Damien Hirst

By Tom Nuttall  

One of the difficulties with assessing contemporary art is that the self-referential nature of much work makes it difficult to distinguish between a banal work of art and one that takes banality as its theme (much like the imitative fallacy described below). Nevertheless, Ben Lewis, Prospect‘s art critic, makes a valiant attempt at bringing Damien Hirst down a peg or two in the current issue of Prospect. How might we make a case against Hirst, asks Lewis?

One way is to point to the large amount of terrible work that he has produced. All great artists have produced bad works,…

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